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Mini Spiced Apple Tarts with Chocolate

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It’s that time of the year where Christmas lights start going up and families plan their Thanksgiving feasts. A big part of the holidays are apples, more specifically apple pie.. YUM. There’s nothing that can be wrong with a hot, fresh, flaky and juicy apple pie. And what’s better than just a slice- a tart! Just as flaky and yummy but smaller and with CHOCOLATE. Plus at the Thanksgiving table theres GOING to be that family member(s) that doesn’t want to eat too much dessert, or a big slice or they’re watching their weight. So this is the PERFECT addition to your dessert spread!

Petite decadent pastry shells filled with moist apples, brown sugar, spices and zest topped with lucisious chocolate and the only things left to complete the deal is your hand and mouth! I swear by Williams & Sonoma Basic Pastry Dough recipe because it’s easy, fast and super tasty. I just tweek it a bit of course!

OF COURSE I used my AMAZING Babycakes Machine and the tarts  they came out so cute and petite! However, these can be done in regular mini-muffin tin pans.

Basic Pastry Dough:

Spiced Apple Filling:

  • 4 green apples– peeled and cubed small
  • 2/3 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (fresh is so much better!)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange zest
  • pinch clove powder
  • PAM Baking Flavor

Chocolate Drizzle:

  • 3-4 bittersweet chocolate squares (I used Ghiradelli)
  • 2-3 tbsp half & half (I used fatfree Land-o-Lakes)
  • 2-3 tbsp warm water

Before Chocolate..

For the Pie Dough:

1. In a food processor add the flour, salt and sugar and pulse until blended. Add the cubed butter and pulse until the butter chunks are small pea sized. While pulsing, slowly dribble in the cold water. Add enough water until the dough has turned into a rough mass.

2. Place dough mixture on a floured counter and form into a 1-2 inch thick disk. Wrap with plastic and place in the fridge for AT LEAST 2 hours.

For the Apple Mixture:

1. In a bowl mixture together all the ingredients listed above. Place aside.

Putting it together..

**If using a conventional oven, preheat to about 375. Spray the muffin tins.

1. After 2+ hours, remove the dough from the fridge onto a floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll out into a thin pastry sheet (just before its thin enough to see through! Using a round 3 inch cookie cutter or a knife, cut out circles. Regardless of whether you’re using the babycakes machine or regular muffin tins, make sure to SPRAY them. Line each cup with the circles of dough pressing lightly into the cup to create a tart shell. If using babycakes machine, use the pie tart tool to press into the cups. Bake for about 5 minutes or until the shells are slightly cooked and slightly golden.

2. Remove the tins from the oven/ open the babycakes machine lid. Add enough apple filling to come over the top of the tin a little. Bake for another 8-10 minutes, or until apples are soft and crust is golden brown and crispy. Remove each tart from the tin/babycakes machine and let cool on a rack.

Pouring the Drizzle..

1. Heat chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for about 45 second. Pour in milk and 1 tbsp of water. Heat for another 30-40 second. Stir and if not melted, add another tbsp hot water and heat for another 30 second. Stir until smooth and glistening. You want the consistency to be a bit thin so you can drizzle the tarts.

2. Using a small whisk or spoon (I used a spoon) drizzle the tarts in a fast back and forth motion until tops are covered. Cool until chocolate is hardened.

Makes about 20 tarts

Serving Suggestions:

Hot with fresh whip cream and chocolate curls

Hot with fresh vanilla or dulce de leche ice cream

Hot with a nice cup of coffee

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Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Baking, Chef Priyanka, Fruit, Sweets

 

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu with Some Exotic Flavors

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Thanksgiving, historically and traditionally, is about giving thanks to friends, family (and back in the day God) for everything that we have. There is nothing in there that says- to display your thankfulness eat a turkey. Therefore, the concept of Thanksgiving is not about the bird, it’s about being thankful for what you have and giving back to people. What’s the best way to express that than saving a birds life and making your Thanksgiving vegetarian (or vegan)?! After hearing my menu, you won’t even realize that the turkey is missing, cause the selections are just that good! Take a look at what I’m making (full recipes & pictures coming Friday!):

My Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu-

  1. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Rosemary, Chili & Chives (can be made Vegan)
  2. Baked Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potato Fries (Vegan)
  3. Herbed Brioche Stuffing with Walnut & Figs (and I’m baking a fresh loaf of Brioche!)
  4. Individual Acorn Squashes stuffed with Indian Biryani & Caramelized Onions (for those picky eaters AKA my Daddy) (Vegan)
  5. Homemade Dulce de Leche Ice Cream- drizzled with Fresh, thick Caramel
  6. Poached Pears with Brandy & Cranberries (Vegan)
  7. Pecan Pie
  8. Pumpkin Pie

I can’t WAIT to get started! It’s going to be a yummy and healthy Thanksgiving! So put your bib on, cause there’s going to be a lot of eating goin’ on! Oh, also notice that half of my menu items are vegan/can be made vegan! YUM :)

 

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Chef Priyanka

 

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