Devin Alexander’s Naked Apple Tart

October 18, 2011

Devin's delicious crustless apple tart is guiltless dessert that will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth

Devin’s tips: In culinary school, I used to make a tart very similar to this one, only it had a crust with enough butter to require a week of butt-kicking with Jillian! Now, I enjoy it naked—without a crust, that is.

I prefer the look of this “tart” when it’s baked in a round or oval dish. You can use a similar-size square or rectangle dish, if necessary. Note that the tart cooks for quite a while, allowing the apples to transform into layers of soft, sweet deliciousness. The top of the tart will start to look burnt, but don’t worry, it’s not! It’s just the result of juice and cinnamon caramelizing onto the apples—oh so sweet!

This recipe makes 4 servings.

Butter-flavored cooking spray
2 large crisp apples (such as Golden Delicious or Granny Smith), peeled
3/4 cup 100% apple juice (not from concentrate)
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly mist a 10" ceramic or glass tart dish with cooking spray.
Cut the apples in half lengthwise and remove the cores. Slice each half lengthwise into very thin slices. Starting from the outer edges of the dish, arrange the apple slices, laying them horizontally, in tightly overlapping circles in the bottom of the dish, until all of the apple slices are used (they will make a rose or flower blossom pattern).
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the apple juice, sugar, butter, and cinnamon until well combined (the sugar and cinnamon will not dissolve completely). 
Pour half of the apple juice mixture evenly over the apples. Reserve the remaining half.
Bake for 30 minutes. Pour the reserved mixture evenly over the apples. 
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes longer, or until the apples are very tender and the glaze has caramelized on the top and around the edges of the tart (it should look almost burnt—dark brown, but not blackened). Cool for 5 minutes, then divide among 4 serving plates or dishes and serve.

Nutritional info per serving: 120 calories, trace protein, 27 g carbohydrates (21 g sugar), 2 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 20 mg sodium.

Devin travels the country lecturing and consulting for major U.S. food and cookware companies. She’s on the Advisory Board of the American Culinary Federation’s Chef Child Foundation, Larry King Foundation’s Go-To-Chef to speak on “Obesity in America”, she recently returned from the White House as part of Michelle Obama’s, Chefs Move To Schools Program; and we are proud to have her as a contributor to - you can find her recipes and tips every Tuesday and visit her

Reprinted from The Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook by Devin Alexander © 2010 by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. The Biggest Loser (TM) and NBC Studios, Inc., and Reveille LLC. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098.