A few weeks ago I took all four of my kids out to the apple orchard. We walked through the trees and within a matter of 60 short seconds our pre-purchased bag was full or round red orbs of juicy autumn.
The first matter of business was eating them as quickly as possible, and when we tired of that, we moved on to applesauce and apple fruit roll-ups. Still, there were apples to eat.
In need of a late-night snack this weekend, one that properly conveyed the chill in the air and the sunshine-kissed maple leaves turning yellow and orange in the backyard, I mixed my favorite pie dough and filled a few small rounds with honey-kissed apple slices, turning them into a quick and easy dessert that also freezes well before they’re baked for easy entertaining dishes as well.
- 1 recipe pie crust dough
- 4 shortbread cookies, crushed
- 2 cups sliced apples
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1 large egg yolk
- ¼ cup turbinado sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350º F. Roll out pie dough and cut into 5″ circles. Sprinkle cookies in the center of each circle.
- In a medium bowl, mix together apples, lemon juice, honey, and cinnamon. Place ⅓ cup apple mix to the center of the dough circles directly on top of the cookie crumbs. Crimp the edges of the pie crust over the edge of the apple mound, continuing around the entire circle for each round.
- Place the tarts on a parchment-lined baking sheet. In a small bowl, whisk together the cream and egg yolk. Brush over the pie dough. Sprinkle all the tarts liberally with turbinado sugar.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pie crust turns golden brown. Remove from oven, and cool slightly before serving.
What are your favorite apple recipes?
|Shaina Olmanson is the home cook and photographer behind Food for My Family and the author of Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine. She is a contributor to Babble.com’s Family Kitchen Blog and the food channelon Lifetime Moms. Shaina can usually be found cooking, at the computer or behind the camera.|