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Mini Apple Tarts (vegan) – Rainbow Nourishments


These simple vegan mini apple tarts have a buttery shortcrust pastry and gooey apple pie filling! The apple tartlets are good for whenever you’re craving apple pie with out all the hassle.

These lovable mini desserts are perfect for dinner events, Easter, Mom’s Day or Thanksgiving with my biscoff pumpkins or jam tarts!

Several mini apple tarts dusted with powdered sugar on a rustic gray plate.

Elements you will want

Flat-lay of ingredients in small dishes for the mini apple tarts.

The complete record of ingredient portions and directions are within the grey recipe card on the backside of this publish.

Notes concerning the elements

Vegan block butter for the shortcrust pastry and to ‘set’ the filling. You need to use vegan spreadable butter for each, however your pastry shall be softer to deal with and you may want so as to add extra flour.

Contemporary apples, peeled or unpeeled. These apple tartlets are nice with candy snacking apples (comparable to pink woman, gala or honeycrisp) or, should you choose a much less candy filling, granny smith apples work properly.

Brown sugar for the scrumptious caramel-like sauce within the filling. Alternatively, you should use coconut sugar or granulated sugar.

Lemon juice (elective) for taste and to stability out the sweetness of the apples. Alternatively, you should use dairy-free milk or cream (for a creamy and richer caramel filling) or simply water.

Making the apple filling

The apple filling is very easy to make! We have to cook dinner the apples prematurely because the apple tartlets haven’t got sufficient time within the oven.

Merely add all of the elements to a big saucepan, and cook dinner the combination till the apples are tender. In fact, you may soften the butter earlier than you add the apples, however we’re going for easy right here!

Lastly, make your cornstarch slurry and blend it into the saucepan. This can thicken the filling for the mini apple tarts!

Two image collage of saucepan with ingredients for apple pie filling and final cooked filling.

Making the shortcrust pastry

To make the pastry, combine the flour, butter and sugar in a meals processor or by hand in a big bowl. Then step by step add water till your dough comes collectively.

The ultimate dough ought to be smooth, pliable and very barely cheesy (however not sticky). When you pinch the dough between two fingers, it ought to keep collectively.

Two image collage of food processor with ingredients for shortcrust pastry and final dough.

Assembling the mini apple tarts

On a flippantly floured work floor, roll out your dough so it is rather less than ¼ inch (5 mm) thick. Understand that the pastry will develop when it is baked within the oven. Then, use a fluted or common cookie cutter to chop rounds out of your pastry.

Listed here are my prime ideas for the very best buttery pastry:

  • Keep away from including an excessive amount of flour in your work floor in any other case, it’ll dry out the pastry dough.
  • Every time you roll out your dough, attempt to get as many ‘pastry rounds’ as potential. The extra you accumulate and re-roll your dough, the harder your pastry shall be.
Two image collage of dough rolled out on floured surface and dough with rounds cut out with fluted cookie cutter.

To assemble the apple tartlets, I used a mini tart pan however a daily muffin pan will work!

With a view to form the mini pie crusts, place a pastry circle over every cavity and press it down, alongside the underside and sides. Then, spoon your cooled apple pie filling into every shell! Every shell ought to have a really beneficiant heaping of apples.

Your tarts are actually able to bake!

Two image collage of tart pan with a pastry circle pressed into one of the cavities and apple pie filling spooned into one of the shaped tarts.

Making these tarts forward of time

If you wish to save valuable time on holidays and particular events, you may make these tarts forward of time. There are two methods:

  1. Assemble and bake the tarts fully. Once they’ve cooled, retailer them in an hermetic container within the fridge for 3 days or within the freezer for as much as 1 month. On the day of serving, let your tarts thaw within the fridge (if frozen). Sprinkle the filling with just a little water then reheat within the oven till they’re scorching.
  2. OR put together the apple filling and pastry. Retailer the filling in an hermetic container and the pastry in a container or plastic wrap within the fridge or freezer. Observe that some apples change texture after freezing. On the day of serving, let the pastry and filling come to room temperature and assemble in accordance with the recipe.

You can too assemble the apple tartletts within the morning, refrigerate them for as much as 8 hours, then bake them earlier than serving. I would not allow them to sit for any longer as the sides might dry out and the facilities might grow to be mushy.

Close up of one tart focusing on the gooey golden brown apple filling.

Customizing this recipe

Can I add every other elements to the tart filling?

Sure, the filling shall be scrumptious with
– different heat spices comparable to nutmeg, ginger or cardamom
– vanilla extract
– lemon or orange zest
– candied fruit peel

Can I add a crumb topping to the tarts?

Sure! You may want to extend the ingredient portions for the pastry to:
– 2 ⅔ cups (335g) flour
– ¾ cup (190g) vegan butter
– ½ cup (50g) powdered sugar
– 3 tablespoons (45g) water as wanted

Use two-thirds of the pastry for the tart shells. With the rest, combine 1 tablespoon (8g) of all function flour and ½ teaspoon of floor cinnamon till it kinds coarse crumbs. Sprinkle it on prime of the mini apple pie tarts and bake per the recipe.

Hand holding a mini apple tart that has been bitten into. Image focuses on gooey apple filling of the tart.

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Several mini apple tarts dusted with powdered sugar on a rustic gray plate.

Print Recipe

Mini Apple Tarts

These simple vegan mini apple tarts have a buttery shortcrust pastry and gooey apple pie filling! The apple tartlets make cute appetizers and are good for whenever you’re craving apple pie with much less effort.

Prep Time30 minutes

Cook dinner Time30 minutes

Complete Time1 hour

Delicacies: American, Australian, British

Servings: 20 mini tarts


Shortcrust pastry (observe 2 for alternate options and ingredient substitutions)

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Make the apple filling:

  • In a big saucepan over medium-high warmth, add the apples, brown sugar, vegan butter, lemon juice (or water) and cinnamon. Combine till mixed or till the butter has melted.

  • Cut back the range to medium warmth. Cook dinner the apple combination for round 10 minutes or till the apples have softened. Style check the apple combination and add extra sugar or lemon juice, to fit your tastes.

  • In a small bowl, stir collectively the cornstarch and three tablespoons (23g) of water to make a slurry. Add the slurry to the apple combination and blend. Cook dinner the apple combination for an additional 5 minutes or till it has thickened. Put aside to chill.

Make the shortcrust pastry:

  • Add the flour, butter and sugar to a big mixing bowl or meals processor and blend till there are not any massive chunks of butter. Steadily add the water and blend till the dough begins to clump collectively. The dough ought to be smooth and pliable, to the purpose you may pinch it between two fingers with out breaking. In case your dough is simply too dry, add 1 tablespoon of water and blend once more. If the dough is simply too moist, add 1 tablespoon of flour and blend once more.

Assemble the mini apple tarts:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease 1-2 mini tart pans or muffin pans with cooking spray or use melted butter/oil and a pastry brush. You may get round 20 mini tarts from this recipe.

  • On a flippantly floured floor, use a rolling pin to flatten the dough to rather less than ¼ inch (5 mm) thick.

  • Use a 2 ½ inch (6 cm) fluted cookie cutter to chop rounds out of your pastry. In case your tart or muffin tin has a wider base, use a bigger cookie cutter. Gently press the pastry rounds into your baking tin. Gather and roll the surplus dough and repeat till you have used up the dough (observe 2).

  • Use your fingertips or a small spoon to press the pastry in opposition to the underside and sides of every cavity.

  • Spoon the cooled apple filling into every tart case. The filling ought to generously fill every tart and kind a small mound. Press down the apple filling into every tart so there are not any gaps.

Bake and serve the tarts:

  • Bake the mini apple tarts for round 20 minutes or till the pastry is golden brown. Permit the tarts to fully cool of their tart or muffin tin, positioned on a wire rack.

  • Simply earlier than serving, sprinkle the apple tarts with powdered sugar or drizzle a easy glaze on prime. Serve the tarts heat or at room temperature. They’re additionally scrumptious with some vegan whipped cream or ice cream!

  • Retailer leftovers in an hermetic container at room temperature for 1 day, within the fridge for as much as 5 days or within the freezer for as much as 1 month (observe 3).


  1. Alternatively, you should use store-bought pie dough or 1-2 sheets of store-bought puff pastry or shortcrust pastry. For the selfmade pastry, you may also use softened room-temperature coconut oil (identical amount because the butter). Add a beneficiant pinch of salt to imitate the buttery taste. Spreadable vegan butter may even work however I recommend omitting the water and an additional 1-2 tablespoons of flour, if wanted.
  2. If this step is simply too fiddly for you, divide the dough into 20 equal items, roll them out and press them into your cupcake/tart mould.
  3. Whenever you refrigerate or freeze the apple pie filling, the butter might separate from the filling. Don’t fret – as soon as the filling is warmed up or involves room temperature, you will not see the butter.


Serving: 1 serve | Energy: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fats: 4g | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

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