Flaky homemade crust filled with tart sugared apples and topped with a sugary oatmeal crisp all in a mini bite-sized form.
This summer, we moved halfway across the country for my husband’s work. Moving is quite the process as I’m sure you already know.
To prepare for the move, we spent weeks leading up to our moving date slowly packing up boxes. We finally got everything in a big truck, drove across the country, and unpacked in our new home. All was fine and great, until we realized a very important part of our kitchen had been left behind…
You know that little drawer that some ovens have underneath them? Yeah…we forgot to pack that up. My baking sheets, brownie pans, muffin tins, and cake pans were all left behind. Happy wedding present to the cute newlyweds that moved in after us I suppose.
So, we put those baking sheets and pans on our “to buy” list and that was that. We found a nice package that had several baking trays, a big muffin tin, a cake pan, and a brownie pan. What it didn’t come with, however, was a mini muffin tin.
And we had left our mini muffin tin behind. In the drawer. Under the oven.
So for weeks I beggggged my husband, Drew, to get me a new mini muffin tin. But Drew continued to inform me that “I never used my mini muffin tin” when we had it before, so I just didn’t need one. I tried to come up with all the things that I had made in our old mini muffin tin, but kind of came up a bit short… He may have been right about me never using our old one. But things would change if I got a new one…
As the story goes, my cute husband surprised me with a mini muffin tin. His reasons for surprising me with it: probably 70% because he loves me and 30% because he was sick of hearing me say how much I wanted one… And ever since that happy day, I have used my muffin tin at least once a week. Probably more than that.
And I never neglect to inform Drew when I use the mini muffin tin. And that I really love it. And that all my treats would be boring and big without it…
I think all treats taste better when they are miniature. Maybe it is because the treats look cuter. And let’s be honest, cute food is the best.
So here is the first of (many to come) treats made in a mini muffin tin. Thank goodness I have one again!
- Mini Crusts:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter-flavored shortening plain shortening works as well
- 3 tablespoons very cold water
- 2 cups small apples I used Granny Smith, diced, ~1 and 1/2
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar not packed
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- Crisp topping:
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 and 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup brown sugar not packed
- In a small bowl, combine the flour and salt. Stir. With a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in the shortening. Add in the cold water slowly and mix. Knead as little as possible and form the dough into a small ball. Wrap the ball in plastic wrap and place in the fridge.
- Finely dice the apple and combine it with the lemon juice.
- Combine the flour, cinnamon, brown sugar, and white sugar in a small bowl. Add the mixture to the diced apples and stir.
- In another small bowl, combine the softened butter, flour, oats, and brown sugar. Mix well.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out to about 1/4-1/8th inch thickness. Cut out small one inch circles.
- Line a mini muffin tin with muffin liners and place the small dough circles in the bottom.
- Top the dough with a rounded 1 tsp. of apple mixture and top with a rounded 2 tsp. of the oat/apple crisp mixture.
- Cook for about 13-15 minutes. Remove and let cool for 15 minutes.
- **If you want your crusts more baked, put just the crusts in the oven for about 5 minutes. Remove and then put the filling and topping in and return to oven for about 10-13 minutes.
I tried this recipe several times to make sure there is the right amount of dough to filling and toppings. If you follow the directions exactly, you should have just the right amount to do 32 mini apple crisps.
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