What, another non-pumpkin recipe? This one is for Shelby. We had our last baking session of the summer together last night, and this was her favorite of all the recipes we made. I myself am actually not a huge fan of apple desserts, but these tarts were very cute, I will admit. I had a Barnes & Noble gift card, and I saw this book for mini desserts in the bargain section. Usually I don’t buy recipe books, since the Internet is such a wonderful resource, and I have so many fantastic blog recipes to choose from. But everything was so adorable, I couldn’t help myself. We made two recipe from this book last night, this one and a Mini Pecan Tart recipe, post to come. However, instead of using the crust in each recipe, we made a different, sweet crust, and used that for both recipes.
These apple tarts were fun to put together and they look so pretty! The rustic part of these tarts is that, instead of using pre-formed pie crusts or putting these in muffin tins so they bake in that shape, you simply place the filling in the middle of the crust, then fold it up and over the filling to create an edge. We did have a problem with our crusts not holding their shape, but that is probably because we used a different crust. Additionally, this recipe is supposed to yield 5 mini tarts using 4 cups of apples, and we only had about 3 cups of apples and made 6 tarts, but each one seemed overstuffed. I would have used the amount of filling we had and made 8 tarts. Aesthetic mishaps aside, the apple filling was delicious. You can’t go wrong with cinnamon sugar apples! The original recipe called for just using a regular store-bought pie crust, but our homemade sweet crust was much better! Here’s how we ended up making our tarts.
Rustic Apple Tarts
adapted from Mini Pies & Mini Treats
Makes 8 tarts
3 cups (approximately) apples, diced (we used 7 small apples)
1 tbsp unsalted butter
6 tbsp white sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cornstarch
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
To make the crust, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth and well blended. Add the flour and baking powder and mix until just combined. Cover and refrigerate while you make the filling.
To make the filling, combine the apple, butter, sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the apples are tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain the apple mixture in a colander over a bowl, then put the liquid back in the saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until the liquid is reduced by half and the consistency of thick syrup. Stir in the cornstarch and lemon juice, and add the cooked liquid back into the drained apple mixture. Toss to coat. Set aside to cool while you prepare the crusts.
Preheat the oven to 400˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
To prepare the crusts, roll out the dough to about half a centimeter thick, then cut 8 rounds about 4 inches in diameter (I used a bowl), re-rolling the dough and gathering scraps as necessary. Place the rounds on the prepared baking sheets. Divide the filling evenly between the 8 rounds, leaving a half inch border around the filling. Fold up the sides of the dough over the filling, making pleats in the dough. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until the crusts are golden brown. Enjoy!
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Now for my last swim workout at home for this summer! I wanted to do a nice long workout, so I chose one of my favorite IM sets. This is a set that my friend got from another friend last year, and I have done variations of it many times since then. It’s a long set, but there’s so much variety that you don’t even notice as it goes by. I love this set!
200 free, 200 non-free, 200 free
6×100 @1:30 pull, descend 1-3, 4-6
4x(250 IM, 4×50 free descend @:55, @:50, @:45, @:40)
1) 100 fly, 75 back, 50 breast, 25 free
2) 25 fly, 100 back, 75 breast, 50 free
3) 50 fly, 25 back, 100 breast, 75 free
4) 75 fly, 50 back, 25 breast, 100 free
6x(150 IM, 4×25 sprint free @:30)
1) Double odd strokes
2) Double even strokes
3) Double outside strokes
4) Double inside strokes
5) Double first two strokes
6) Double last two strokes
200 easy choice
4×75 @1:30, odds breast, increasing number of pulldowns off each wall, evens free, increasing number of dolphin kicks of each wall
Total: 5100 yards
Time: 1 hr, 35 min