I can’t believe it’s already November! October flew by, but I’m ready for Thanksgiving crafts and recipes. I wanted to create a fun, kid-friendly, Thanksgiving dessert that’s not too fussy. These little guys are adorable and really easy to make. Use a combination of sweet and tart apples for delicious flavor without lots of sugar or spices. You can make your own pie dough, or buy it pre-made from the store to save on time.
- 3 apples: two green – like granny smith, one red – like gala
- Apple jelly
- 2 egg yolks
- 3 tbs unsalted butter, melted
- Granulated sugar
- Round cookie cutters, various sizes.
- Unbaked pie dough, store bought or from your favorite recipe
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash, core and slice the apples as thinly as possible. Leave the skins on to give the turkey a festive, colorful tail.
2. Roll out the unbaked pie dough and cut out circles of dough with a 4 1/2″ diameter. I used the top of a plastic sour cream container to cut my circles. If you’re using store-bought dough you’ll have two rounds. You should be able to get 3 or 4 circles from each round. Place the cut circles of dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
3. Add a few tablespoons of water to the egg yolks and beat, making an egg wash.
4. Put 1 teaspoons of the apple jelly in the center of the pie dough. Spread the jelly leaving a 1/2″ edge around the perimeter of the dough.
5. Layer sliced apples on the jelly in a single layer, but slightly overlapping. The apple slices will look like the feathers of the turkey’s tail.
6. Use a fondant or cookie cutter to cut 2 1/4″ circles and a 1 1/2″ circles from the remaining dough. You will need a large circle (body) and small circle (head) for each turkey tart. Use the egg wash like glue to attach the head to the body.
7. Add a triangle of dough for a beak, a tear drop shaped piece of dough for the turkey’s gobbler and a raisin cut into pieces for the eyes. The egg wash will give the dough a golden color when baked. Add a bit of egg wash to the beak and gobbler to make them stand out.Use a pastry brush to spread butter over the apples and dough and then sprinkle granulated sugar on top.
9. Crimp in the edges of the free-form tart and add egg wash to the edges.
10. Bake the tarts in a 400 degree oven on parchment-lined baking sheets for 15 minutes, or until the dough is golden brown and the apples are tender.
Serve individual Turkey tarts on plates with scoops of vanilla ice cream.