Saturday, October 1, 2011

Mini Apple Crumb Tarts

  It is time for apples!This recipe comes from Ina Garten,but instead of making a large pie,I have made a  miniature version.The mini version is a bit tedious,so if you prefer,make a larger one.I make the crust,but again,if you prefer,you can use your favorite store-bought brand.Whatever the size,you are sure to be pleased with the results!

2 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 sticks of cold butter,diced
   Add all of the ingredients into your food processor.Pulse until the butter resembles course crumbs.Then add 1/4 c. of ice cold water and process just until dough comes together.Divide dough into two pieces,flatten into discs,wrap in plastic and refrigerate.

Crumb Topping:
1/2 stick of cold butter,diced
1/8 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. flour
   Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl.Using clean hands,work the ingredients until they all come together.Refrigerate until ready to use.

Apple Mixture:
  1-1/2 lbs. of chopped apples(gala,macintosh,macoun or empire,I combine a few)
  1/4 tsp. orange zest
   Mix together the apples and orange zest.

Assembling the Tarts:
   Roll out one of the discs on a lightly floured surface.Be sure to flour your rolling pin as well.Use a round biscuit cutter to cut small circles.If making a larger pie,roll out into a large circle about 1 inch thick.
   Place the apple mixture in the center of each tart(about 1 tsp),or the entire mixture into the center of the larger version.Gently fold in the sides onto the apples for a rustic look.Top with the crumb mixture by sprinkling it on top of the apples will have to crumble it a bit. Place on a parchment lines baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes.Enjoy plain,with ice-cream,or even drizzled with caramel!

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