This is the first time I have attempted apple crumble in a miniature tart form and I wasnt entirely sure whether they would be a success or not… but just before Christmas myself and GB along with a couple of our friends did a ‘Come dine with me’ style Christmas dinner and I was in charge of canapes and desserts… instead of just doing one dish for each I decided to do a few different dishes but just make them smaller sizes and ever since I have had a bit of a penchant for making things in minature… plus they look cuter and you don’t feel so bad eating them as they are only a little bite.
So this Sunday I decided to make a hearty lasange (a good stodgy meal after our run) and what goes better with lasange than apple crumble – the two just go hand in hand – so for a bit of a challenge I decided to change the recipe up a little and make individual tarts with crunchy crumble on top…
So if like me you love things in minature, here’s how to try them yourself…
8oz/ 200g Plain Flour
4 oz/ 100g Butter
2oz/ 50g sugar
couple of tablespoons water
Fruit of your choice – I stuck traditional and went for apples and raisins (approx 5 apples and a couple of handfuls of raisins)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
teaspon of cinnamon
2oz/ 50g oats
4 1/2 oz/ 120g brown sugar
2 tablespoons plain flour
1 1/2 oz/ 40g butter
Start with the Pastry…
1. Place flour and butter in a bowl and rub together with your hands until it resembles breadcrumbs
2. add the sugar and mix
3. Add enough water to bind the mixture into a dough form
4. Knead together into a ball
5. Wrap in clingfilm and place in the fridge for 20mins to set
In the Meantime prepare your mixture…
1. Peel and Chop your apples into small chunks and place in a bowl
2. Add the raisins, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon and mix together
And Lastly the Crumble…
1. Place the oats, flour and butter into a bowl and rub the butter into the oats and flour with your hands
2. add the sugar and set aside
Now the fun part…
1. Take your pastry out of the fridge and split into two to make it easier to roll.
2. dust a surface, your rolling pin and the dough with flour and roll out to about a 2cm depth
3. Use a pastry cutter (or a glass if like me you dont have a pastry cutter) to cut 6 circle shapes
4. Do the same with the other half of the pastry
5. Grease a cake tin with a little marg
6. Place your pastry rounds into the cake tin
7. Fill with your fruit mixture
8. spoon your crumble mixture on top – don’t worry about being neat, just let it do it’s own thing
And your done.. into the oven…
Bake at 200C for around 15 – 20 mins or until the tarts have crisped and the crumble looks golden and crunchy.
Waa La… mini apple crumble tarts – serve with custard/ cream/ ice cream or just on their own for a little sweet snack.
Here are my finished ones… not bad I thought for a first attempt. This experimentation worked out for the best.