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Grilled Apple Tart

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Grilled Apple Tart

In further attempts by the Grillin’ Fools to expand the bounds of the backyard grill from a burger and brat warmer, we bring you a grilled apple tart.  That’s right. We grilled dessert. The grill is not only for heavy meats, sides, and appetizers.  It can also be used for desserts.  At the bottom of this thread is a link to our other grilled dessert offerings.  I will now hand this over to Tom to show and tell you exactly how this is done on his Big Green Egg…

Grilled Apple Tart Ingredients:

4 apples, cored and sliced thinly (we used granny smith)
1/2 cup dates (pits removed and quartered)
3/4 cup Marsala wine
3 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
2 tsp sugar
1 pie crust (we used a prepared crust from the grocery store refrigerator section)
1 egg

Butter Pecan Topping:

2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup pecans, chopped

You will also need a baking stone for this grilled dessert recipe.

Place the dates and 1/2 cup of the Marsala wine and the brown sugar into a sauce pan and simmer until dates are tender and the wine has reduced and thickened (approx 20 minutes).  Add apples and remaining 1/4 cup wine to the date mixture and cook another 5 minutes until apples start to become slightly tender.  Remove from heat.

Combine Mascarpone cheese and white sugar in a small bowl and set aside.

Place the pie crust on the baking stone.  Spread apple mixture over crust leaving approximately 1″ to 1.5″ border. Drop cheese mixture by the teaspoon over the apples:

Grilled Apple Tart

Melt the butter and combine with brown sugar and pecans.  Scatter over the top of the tart:

Grilled Apple Tart

Fold the crust up and partially over the apples, crimping the crust as you go:

Grilled Apple Tart

Grilled Apple Tart

Beat the egg with a fork and brush over the crust:

Grilled Apple Tart

Grilled Apple Tart

Place baking stone directly on medium high grill (approx 350 degrees), in this case a Big Green Egg and close lid.  Cook the grilled apple tart approximately 45 minutes until crust is brown and apples are bubbly (if unsure of the grill tempurature, begin checking for doneness after 30 minutes).  Here we have it about 30 minutes in:

Grilled Apple Tart

Here is the grilled dessert off the Big Green Egg and ready to be sliced:

Grilled Apple Tart

We recommend slicing it right on the baking stone as it’s a little difficult to slide it onto a platter. Also, the baking stone will keep it warm for quite a while.

Serve with ice cream or whipped cream and enjoy:

Grilled Apple Tart

***Editor’s note ~ Don’t forget my contribution to the meal, or actually the dessert.  The Whiskers Blake Classic Tawny Port was a perfect compliment to the grilled apple tart and ice cream***

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If you are not fan of dates, I really recommend trying them prepared this way at least once.  After cooking in the wine, they add a wonderful richness to this grilled dessert.

***Editor’s note ~ What a magical night of grilling that Tom and his wife, Tracy, performed for myself, my wife and Dad.  We started off with the Grilled Bruschetta, followed it up with grilled lettuce and these massive chops, all done on Tom’s Big Green Egg:

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And finished up with the grilled apple tart and the port.  Wow***

If you have any questions about the tart, feel free to leave a comment below or shoot me an email. If you want to see more recipes done on the Big Green Egg, just look at the ones that I author.

If you are interested in other desserts prepared on the grill, such as grilling peaches in a butter rum sauce or dessert tacos, click here.

Also, you can follow us on our Grillin Fools Facebook page and post your own grilling pictures, share a grilling recipe or two, or join the grilling conversation.  You can also follow us on Twitter @GrillinFool.

Grilled Apple Tart
A delightful, elegant desert prepared on the grill. Pears can be used rather than apples if you are so inclined
Author:
Cuisine: BBQ
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6-8
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 4 apples, cored and sliced thinly (we used granny smith)
  • ½ cup dates (pits removed and quartered)
  • ¾ cup Marsala wine
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ cup mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 pie crust (we used a prepared crust from the grocery store refrigerator section)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 egg
Instructions
Grilled Apple Tart Instructions
  1. Place the dates and ½ cup of the Marsala wine and the brown sugar into a sauce pan and simmer until dates are tender and the wine has reduced and thickened (approx 20 minutes)
  2. Add apples and remaining ¼ cup wine to the date mixture and cook another 5 minutes until apples start to become slightly tender and then remove from heat
  3. Combine Mascarpone cheese and white sugar in a small bowl and set aside
  4. Place the pie crust on the baking stone
  5. Spread apple mixture over crust leaving approximately 1″ to 1.5″ border
  6. Drop cheese mixture by the teaspoon over the apples
  7. Melt the butter and combine with brown sugar and pecans and scatter them over the apples and cheese
  8. Fold the crust up and partially over the apples, crimping the crust as you go
  9. Beat the egg with a fork and brush over the crust
  10. Prepare the grill for direct grilling over medium high heat (hold your palm right over the grill grate and if you can count to three mississippi before having to pull it back, that’s about right)
  11. Place baking stone directly on the grill and close the lid
  12. Cook the grilled apple tart approximately 45 minutes until crust is brown and apples are bubbly (if unsure of the grill tempurature, begin checking for doneness after 30 minutes)
  13. Slice it right on the baking stone as it’s a little difficult to slide it onto a platter
  14. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream

 

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  • Brent

    Were the apples soft or have a little bit of hardness to them? It looks really good, we just did an apple crisp but in the oven and it was done a bit different with the apples so I’m wondering.

    • http://www.GrillinFools.com Scott

      Brent,

      The apples were all pretty soft. They were precooked a little before going into a 350 degree grill for 45 minutes…

      …….Scott

    • http://www.GrillinFools.com Scott

      Brent,

      The apples were all pretty soft. They were precooked a little before going into a 350 degree grill for 45 minutes…

      …….Scott

    • http://www.GrillinFools.com Scott

      Brent,

      The apples were all pretty soft. They were precooked a little before going into a 350 degree grill for 45 minutes…

      …….Scott

  • http://www.mrfood.com Jessica

    Who would’ve thought you could make dessert on the grill! This looks wonderful! The butter pecan topping is a really nice touch — perfect for a lazy summer day.

  • http://www.shugarysweets.com Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    OMG this looks amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  • Laura

    Highly recommend! It was really easy and tasted amazing! I am not a complicated recipe kind of girl…3 ingredients or less is great with me, but honestly this was easy and really tasted awesome! We added Breyer’s vanilla ice cream too! thank you grillinfools!!

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