National Apple Pie Day

Did you know that there is a National Apple Pie Day?  Me either!  It’s May 18th.  Since I’m not a pie baker, I’ve created a recipe for a mini apple tart.  Back in 2016, we went to Fireside Tavern and they happened to have a little apple crisp on their dessert menu.  We didn’t order it – because we were full!  But let me tell you, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Making It My Own

Mini Apple Crumb tarts - that first biteSeveral of the bed and breakfasts around here serve a breakfast dessert.  I have always wanted to.  Mr. Carriage Corner is on the no side. For many reasons, the main one being we don’t need a bunch of dessert hanging around!  It would end up on our hips.  So, when I can make something tiny and portion control and just have a bite of 2 to offer guests for after their breakfast, well we do!

So – mini apple tarts it is. With a nutty crumb topping. Served with Lapp Valley Ice Cream – of course.  Side note – do you know about Lapp Valley?  Well tell you the easiest way to get there.  If you like ice cream – you won’t be mad about it!


Let’s Get to Making Our Mini Apple Crisps

What You’ll Need:

1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Oatmeal
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1t Cinnamon
6T butter, melted

4T butter
2t Cinnamon
1T Honey
1t Vanilla
2 Apples, peeled and diced

1/3 to 1/2 of the crust mixture
1/4C Walnuts, chopped
2T Butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350*

dry crust ingredients before butter was addedMake the crust by mixing flour, oatmeal, brown sugar and cinnamon together. Add in melted butter.  This mixture will be dry and crumbly.

Set aside 1/3 to 1/2  of your crust mixture for topping.  put approximately 1/4 cup of crust mix into each well in a regular sized muffin tin.  Press down on the bottom and up the sides. Bake for about 8 minutes to set the crust.

apples simmering in butter, honey, cinnamon and vanilla

While your crusts are baking, start preparing your filling.  I love shopping for apples when the fall apple harvest is in at Kaufman’s Fruit Farm. I find it really interesting to read about the different varieties of apples and what they are good for.  Today, for my mini apple tarts, I used honeycrisp, they hold up well to being cooked in butter and honey and have a good taste.  Anyway – you’ll want to peel, core and dice your apples.  While you are doing that melt the butter in a frying pan, when it’s melted, add the cinnamon, vanilla and honey, mix well, then add in your apples.

apple filled muffin tin

Once your crusts come out of the oven, fill them up with the apples.  Drizzle that yummy cooking liquid into the muffin cups too!  That’s the best part!

Next, you’ll want to take your reserved crust mixture and add the chopped walnuts and the last 2T of melted butter.  Mix it well and then put on top of the apple tarts!

Now, you wait while they bake for 30 mintues!  When they come out of the oven, let them cool slightly – so you don’t burn your mouth!  Then serve with a scoop {or two} of Lapp Valley Ice Cream!

Mini Apple Crumb tarts - that first bite

Mini Apple Crisps – click to get your printable copy of the recipe!  If you make them, we’d love a shout out on facebook or tag us on Instagram. Or – pick your favorite room and ask us if we’ll make them the next time you check in!