In the private chef world there are always unexpected guests and the assumption that we can just 'whip up' a gourmet meal in seconds.
Lucky I had some basic ingredients on hand to make a simple and elegant dessert for our guest., I made individual apple tarts. The apple tart recipe is from The Pioneer Woman website. With a drizzle of the caramel whiskey sauce, this dessert was a 10 on the fancy meter!
Apple Tart Recipe
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 1/4 cup water
• 6 tablespoons Irish whiskey
• 1/4 cup heavy cream
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
Directions For Sauce:
• Bring sugar and water to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Boil without stirring, but washing down any sugar crystals with a brush dipped in cold water, until syrup begins to turn golden, about 5 minutes. Continue to boil, swirling pan occasionally, until syrup is a deep golden caramel.
• Remove pan from heat and carefully add whiskey, cream, and salt (mixture will bubble up and steam and caramel will harden).
• Return pan to heat and simmer, stirring, until caramel is dissolved and sauce is smooth. Cool to warm.
• Serve sauce over tart.
Sauce can be made 4 days ahead and chilled, covered. Rewarm to serve. Any leftover sauce will keep, chilled, at least 1 week.