These Rustic Apple Tarts are a great way to celebrate the arrival of Autumn! Grab some pie dough and make a batch today!
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Apple pies are probably one of the most iconic images of Fall. Just picture that perfect apple pie sitting on the window sill to cool. (Of course, in our house that means 2 dogs trying their best to figure out how to get to the aforementioned apple pie!) Instead of making a whole apple pie, try making several smaller tarts instead. A single batch of pie dough can easily make 3 of these Rustic Apple Tarts, and I love how delicious the folded, crimped edges look! Just make sure to egg wash the exposed crust and then generously sprinkle course sugar on top. I find that tart apples, like Granny Smith or Greening, work best for these tarts. Finally, these tarts also feature a tasty brown sugar streusel that goes on top of the chopped apples before baking. Talk about the ideal flavors of Fall!
Rustic Apple Tarts
For the Streusel Topping
For the Apple Filling
- Combine all of the streusel ingredients in a small bowl and mix until well combined. Set aside.
For the Apple Filling
- Toss the diced apples, lemon juice and sugar in a medium bowl until apples are well coated.
- Grease a sheet pan with the 1/2 Tbsp butter and spread the apples evenly on top.
- Bake at 400°F for 12 minutes. Let apples cool before filling tarts.
For the Dough
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour and salt until well blended.
- Using a pastry blender or two butter knives, cut in butter until mixture forms small pea-sized balls.
- Slowly add water and toss mixture lightly with a fork until dough forms a single ball. If needed, add more water in very small increments until no dry ingredients left in bowl. (*see note below)
- Chill dough for 20 minutes.
- Divide dough into 3 equal portions.
- Flour table well and roll out each portion of dough until approximately 1/4 inch thick. Use caution to ensure that dough does not stick to rolling pin or table. (Dust pin and table if dough begins to stick.) Each portion of dough should be approximately 8" in diameter.
- Place 1/3 of the apple filling (~1 cup) in the center of each portion of dough, leaving approximately 1.5" border on all sides.
- Sprinkle 1/3 (~1/4 cup) of the Streusel on top of the apples in each tart.
- Gently fold edges of the dough partially over the apple filling. Crimp edges together to form the crust. Brush the outer edges of the crust with the beaten egg. Sprinkle generously with coarse sugar.
- Bake on parchment-lined sheet pan at 400°F for 20-22 minutes, or until crust is golden brown in color.