It’s time for holiday cooking and apples are the perfect ingredient for tasty recipes this season. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes from the Disney recipe vault and a never-before-shared recipe from Disneyland park to share with you today. These recipes include gorgeous (and delicious) desserts, apple butter, and even a refreshing cocktail!
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Holiday Apple Tart from Tomorrowland Skyline Terrace
Apple Butter Cake from the Disney Recipe Vault
Apple Tart Tatin from Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera
Apple Butter from the Disney Recipe Vault
Szarlotka (Apple Pie) Cocktail from EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival
Once you see these recipes, you’ll be stocking up on apples.
Holiday Apple Tart from Tomorrowland Skyline Terrace at Disneyland Park
This Holiday Apple Tart is a recipe from Disneyland park that we have never shared – until now! While Tomorrowland Skyline Terrace is only available as a dining package, you can now enjoy this recipe at home. These tarts are filled with a rich caramel cream sauce and topped with apple filling and streusel. You can use store-bought or your favorite tart recipe for the shells. Leftovers (if you have any) also pair well with a cup of coffee the next morning.
HOLIDAY APPLE TART RECIPE
Tomorrowland Skyline Terrace
Makes 12 Tarts
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 4 large apples
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 5 tablespoons water, divided
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 6 tablespoons salted butter, cut into cubes
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 6 (3-inch) vanilla tart shells
- Holiday sprinkles
- Combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and salt in medium bowl.
- Add cubed butter and use a pastry blender or two knives to cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse sand.
- Set aside until ready to assemble tarts.
FOR APPLE FILLING:
- Peel, core, and chop apples into 1/2-inch cubes.
- Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, 3 tablespoons of water, and chopped apples. Cook, stirring occasionally for 4-6 minutes, until apple begin to soften.
- Combine cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl. Add to apple mixture and cook until liquid begins to boil.
- Boil for one minute, then remove from heat. Set aside to cool completely before assembling tarts.
FOR CARAMEL CREAM:
- Combine sugar and water in small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, swirling pan, but not stirring, occasionally until sugar is melted and is a light amber color.
- Carefully whisk in butter, one cube at a time. Remove pan from heat and slowly stir in heavy cream, whisking constantly until fully incorporated.
- Add salt and set aside to cool to room temperature.
FOR HOLIDAY APPLE TARTS:
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Place tart shells on a baking sheet.
- Spoon 1 tablespoon caramel cream into each tart shell. Add 1/4 cup cooled apple filling to each tart.
- Top with streusel, covering the top of the apples.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until topping is golden brown.
- Top with holiday sprinkles before serving.
Cook’s Notes: Tart shells are available at many specialty grocery stores. You can also use your favorite homemade pie dough. Cut dough into 3 1/2- inch circles and place in the bottom of muffin tins. Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, fill, and bake as directed in recipe.
Warm Apple Butter Cake from The Disney Recipe Vault
The next recipe is a delicious Warm Apple Butter Cake. Our at-home version of this buttery cake topped with caramelized apples makes individual cakes. If you do not have enough ramekins for this recipe, large muffin tins can be used.
WARM APPLE BUTTER CAKE RECIPE
From the Disney Recipe Vault
Makes 15 individual cakes
- 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon sugar
BOURBON CARAMEL GLAZE
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 tablespoon bourbon
- 1 cup heavy cream
APPLE BUTTER CAKE
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 8 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups plus 1 teaspoon buttermilk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
Vanilla ice cream, for serving
Dried apple slices, for garnish (optional)
Cranberries, for garnish
FOR CARAMELIZED APPLES:
- Cut apples into thin slices.
- Melt butter in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat; add apples and sugar.
- Cook apples until golden and softened. Set aside to cool.
FOR BOURBON CARAMEL GLAZE:
- Combine brown sugar and butter in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir continuously until sugar dissolves.
- Simmer over medium heat without stirring or touching pan until mixture is thick and dark amber in color, about 10 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat. Carefully whisk in bourbon and heavy cream. Mixture will bubble vigorously and release very hot steam.
- Pour caramel into a bowl to cool; set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour fifteen (3/4-cup) ramekins; set aside.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
- Whisk together sugar, eggs, egg yolks, and melted butter in a separate large bowl until well combined.
- Combine buttermilk and almond extract in a small bowl; set aside.
- Fold a third of flour mixture into egg mixture. Stir in half of buttermilk mixture. Fold in another third of flour mixture, then add remaining buttermilk mixture. Fold in remaining flour mixture.
- Ladle 1/2 cup cake batter into each prepared ramekin. Bake 20 to 22 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center of cakes comes out clean.
- While cakes are warm, carefully remove from ramekins onto a serving plate.
- Divide caramelized apples among tops of cakes. Spoon bourbon caramel glaze over top of apples and cake.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream and garnish with dried apple slices and cranberries, if desired.
Apple Tart Tatin from Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera at Disney’s Riviera Resort
The talented culinary team at Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera are constantly reimagining desserts and one of my favorites is this version of the Apple Tart Tatin. It’s a beautiful dessert to serve at any holiday gathering! The apples can be prepared up to two days in advance and refrigerated until you’re ready to bake them.
APPLE TART TATIN RECIPE
Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera
Disney’s Riviera Resort
- 7 medium honeycrisp apples
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons water
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 puff pastry sheets, thawed
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 vanilla bean, cut in half and seeds scraped
- Pinch salt
FOR APPLE TART:
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Peel and core apples, then cut each apple into 9 slices.
- Place sugar, water, vanilla extract, and lemon juice in large sauté pan and cook over medium low heat for 5 minutes until amber in color. Add room temperature butter and stir after half of the butter is melted.
- Add apples and cook for 5-7 minutes until tender, but still firm. Remove from heat.
- Line sheet pan with parchment paper and place six 4-inch tart pans on the sheet. Evenly divide apple mixture among the tart pans, making sure to add any syrup from the sauté pan to the tarts.
- Cut puff pastry to fit the tops of each tart pan and place on top of apples. Pierce each puff pastry 10 times with fork.
- Place sheet of parchment paper on top of the tarts and top with sheet pan to press apples and puff pastry. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Remove top baking sheet immediately.
- Combine heavy cream, powdered sugar, vanilla bean, and salt in bowl of electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Whip to soft peaks.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Turn warm tarts onto a plate. Serve with Chantilly.
Apple Butter from The Disney Recipe Vault
Apple butter is one of my favorite accompaniments. It’s delicious in the morning on a piece of toast or served with fresh baked rolls at a holiday meal! This recipe from the Disney recipe vault is easily doubled (or tripled) and makes a great gift for the holidays.
APPLE BUTTER RECIPE
From the Disney Recipe Vault
Makes 1 Pint
- 6 cups Fuji apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon ice wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 vanilla bean
- Place apples, juice, brown sugar, and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium heat. Cover and reduce heat to low. Continue simmering for 20 minutes, until apples are soft. Remove from heat.
- Stir in lemon juice, vinegar, and cloves. Split vanilla bean in half, lengthwise and scrape out seeds with a knife. Add seeds to pan.
- Puree with a stick blender until smooth.
- Return saucepan to stove and simmer over low heat, stirring every 5 minutes, for 30 minutes, until a deep amber color forms and apple butter reaches desired thickness.
- Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove any excess liquid.
- Store in refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Szarlotka (Apple Pie) Cocktail from EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
We’re ending our recipe round up with a refreshing cocktail from a past EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. This apple pie cocktail is easy to make and can easily be made in a larger batch for a holiday party.
SZARLOTKA (APPLE PIE) COCKTAIL RECIPE
Poland, EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
- 1 ounce Polish bison grass vodka
- 6 ounces apple cider
- Apple slice, for garnish
- Pour Vodka and apple cider into a shaker; fill with ice and vigorously shake for 30 seconds.
- Strain into chilled glass. Garnish with apple slice.
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