On Saturday morning, we noticed a cool breeze blowing outside. It was so chilly that the kids had to put on sweats for the first time since the spring. My husband grumped a little, “Must be fall.” And all I could think of was… YES!
I’m ready for fall. Even though I know the forecast calls for the return of temps in the upper 80s, all I needed was one cool weekend to put me in the mood for all things autumn: wearing sweatshirts, raking colorful leaves, knitting sweaters and baking apple pies.
E reminded me that we had picked up a tart press shaped like a heart for the express purpose of making little apple pies.
We rolled up our sleeves and got to work. E cut a cup of shortening into three cups of flour mixed a pinch of salt to make pie crust.
Then we used the press itself to cut hearts from the pastry. We placed one of the hearts in the bottom of it and flattened it out a bit.
Then we put two tablespoons of filling in it.
We brushed the edges of the heart with egg wash so that the top would seal better.
We topped it with another of our heart-shaped cutouts, making sure that the filling wasn’t too close to the edges. We also patched a thin spot on the top layer with a little more dough.
Then we pressed and pressed and pressed, crimping those edges closed.
We spread a bit more egg wash on the top of each tart and put them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. We popped them in the oven for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
Can I just say that there’s no better smell than apple pie baking in the oven on a cool day? I’m not even that much of a fan of non-chocolately things, but the aroma of cinnamon and warm apples always makes me happy. And my family assured me that they tasted delicious.
Making these tarts reminds me of baking cupcakes and cut-out cookies. Sure, it’s somewhat fussy and time-consuming, and I often don’t have the patience for them. It’d definitely be a lot easier to whack the crust and filling into a pie pan, pop it into the oven for an hour and be done with it.
But they are so cute, and it was so much fun to make them with E. She was very proud of herself that she could make them almost all by herself (I’m still the only one manning the trays into and out of the hot oven).
After all, she’s all about making cute, adorable things — and that apparently includes “crafting” with food too.