Brown Butter Apple Hand Tarts + #BaketogetherParty

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by Abby Dodge on September 6, 2012

My friends, this isn’t just any ole Baketogether. No.. this month we are having a BakeTogether Party! Here’s your invite to this month’s Baketogether Party that will be filled with good company, great food, games and a PRIZE:

What’s the Occasion: The launch of my new book: Mini Treats & Handheld Sweets ~100 Delicious Desserts to Pick Up and Eat!  For more info on the book check it out here on my Web Ad (trailer & videos coming soon)

Who’s invited: Everyone! This is #baketogether, after all, and we keep good company.

Will there be food & games? Of course there will be. What’s a party without food & games? See the recipe below & let me know if you have any questions. Post your version and link it up below via the Linky thing + leave a comment with your Twitter handle and we will all virtually potluck together. If you are new here, check out The Rules.

What about prizes? We all know that Baketogether isn’t a competition, but.. This month, two lucky posters will be selected by to win one, personalized copy of Mini Treats & Handheld Sweets each! I love prizes.

To Enter: Like with all Baketogethers you have until the end of the month, September 30, 2012 to enter. You need to do TWO things: leave a comment with your Twitter handle on this post AND  linkup to your baketogether recipe to this post via the linky thingy. I’ll let chose a winner on October 1, 2012. I’ll announce the winners officially via email and, of course, I’ll mention on Twiiter. You’ll have 24 hours to contact me ( or via Twitter DM) & tell me your mailing address & how you want your book inscribed and my publisher, The Taunton Press, will mail it out to you where ever you live! If I don’t hear from you, sadly, I’ll move onto the next person. Disclaimer: The two copies of Mini Treats & Handheld Sweets are being donated & mailed by The Taunton Press and personalized by me.

Even in party mode, we begin with a recipe. It’s one I think you guys will have a lot of fun messing around with. A little background.. Last fall my friends Ken and Jackie hosted a #PieParty right when I was developing the recipes for this new book. I was working on two recipes at the time so I mashed-up  (#baketogethered) two recipes from the new book – the brown butter cookie crust from the Peach-Rosemary Mini Hand Tarts (page 55) and the filling from Cinnamon-Sugar Apple Phyllo Triangles (page 77). Lots of folks asked for the recipe and I promised that this would be the first recipe I published. Thanks everyone for being patient… and my publisher thanks you too.

Here are a few ideas for switching things up but feel free to streeeetch your limits. We are, after all, baking together so show us what you’ve got.

Add a flavor to the crust:  I’ve added  nibs, herbs, spices and even citrus. Can you say five-spice powder? Bring it.

Change the shape: These guys are mini but you can make ‘em round, or triangles or star-shaped or even make one whole tart or slab. We like ‘em all.

Change the filling: I used sauteed apples but you can fill with any number of cooked fruits or jams as well as adding other seasonings to your filling. Consider citrus, ginger and lemongrass or herbs, hot peppers, spices, or pink peppercorns. Heck.. you can even spike the filling with your fave liqueur or spirit. To this, I’ll simply say “yes, please”!

Add a drizzle or a glaze: Caramel? Chocolate? Vanilla bean? Sprinkle or nuts? Yes. Yes you can.

Before you dive in, how about a few tips and pix for success?

Take your time browning the butter. It’s not a race and good browning is important to the crust’s flavor that the butter solids are a nice, nutty brown..

You can see how supple, almost fluid, the dough is and check out the color. Deep, rich and gorgeous with thousands of tiny brown butter specs.

I cut around the core using a sharp knife with two swipes in each side and then cutting into cubes. Saves me a step and makes for easy work.

These babies are just about caramelized to perfection.. just a few more minutes.

Yes.. I’m that much of a baking nerd but, seriously, using a ruler and a sharp knife makes easy and accurate work of these hand tarts

These little pillows of goodness are glazed and sprinkled and headed into the oven.

and here they are again:

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate | Food Babbles September 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Oh my goodness, Abby! I’m so excited for this #baketogether! I almost don’t want to change a thing because I’ve sampled these first hand at the pie party last year and I know just how incredible they are.


Abby Dodge September 10, 2012 at 11:45 am

So happy to have you on-board this month!


Jenny September 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Abby those look lovely. I have been crazed with all the packing and work here – I cannot wait to delve into your book – I feel so grateful to have gotten an early copy in the Cody auction. Thank you.


Abby Dodge September 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

I’m thrilled beyond that you got the very first copy, Jenny!


Renee - Kudos Kitchen September 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm

So awesome about the book Abby! Congratulations! I love the concept and will definitely be adding it to my collection (winning one or not)!
I have a few ideas running around in my head of different hand pies I can make. I’m excited and will definitely be participating. However, it won’t be until the end of the month because I’ll be away on vacation! Woot! Maybe my vacation to New England will prove to be inspirational in the hand pie department ;)


Abby Dodge September 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

Renee, you are coming to New England? Perfect timing! the weather is divine!!


Gail {A Stack of Dishes} September 9, 2012 at 11:19 am

Congrats on the new book Abby! I look forward to having fun baking with y’all. I just posted an apple tart recipe this week, but there is ALWAYS room for more. Vrai?


Abby Dodge September 10, 2012 at 11:46 am

Can’t wait to see your version of these apple tarts!


LiztheChef September 10, 2012 at 10:57 am

Beautiful – how do I join #baketogether?? Thanks -


Abby Dodge September 10, 2012 at 11:49 am

Hi Liz and welcome to BakeTogether.. check this link for the To-Do list and let me know if you have questions!


Suzanne September 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I am so looking forward to getting your new book, congratulations. Just posted my submission my twitter name is @bklynpuggal. Thanks again for another wonderful baketogether.


Abby Dodge September 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Oh Suzanne.. you have out done yourself! These look absolutely divine.


JNerissa September 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Ooh, I can’t wait to make these, especially the dough. And I’ve got three tree-fulls of apples in my back yard. Perfect.



Abby Dodge September 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Loved your post and version, Jennifer!


Dea September 20, 2012 at 6:29 am

I almost thought I couldn’t make it this month but I did!!!! so glad :)
never made a tart before so this is definitely a wonderful experience!


Abby Dodge September 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm

So delighted you joined in this month!!


Kate | Food Babbles September 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Just posted my submission for this month… Peach Melba Hand Tarts! I couldn’t bring myself to change your oh so perfect brown butter crust ;) Loved this month’s project! And my Twitter handle is @KDBabbles. I can’t wait to see your new cookbook! If I don’t win the giveaway, I’ll certainly be picking up a copy!


Amanda September 25, 2012 at 11:39 am

I was so excited when I saw what the #baketogether was for this month. I just posted a version for bananas foster hand pies. My twitter handle is @dabblings


Lisa | Dust with Flour September 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I loved making this recipe. Can’t wait to experiment with other fillings.


Holly September 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Well I linked up just in time to make it in September! So nice to meet you on Twitter earlier today through Barb. Looking forward to next month’s recipe already!


Abby Dodge September 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Welcome Holly!


Michelle Jaffee September 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Goodness! These look scrumptious!!


Abby Dodge September 29, 2012 at 9:15 pm

right? Spectacular versions!


Nancy September 29, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Well I am in under the wire with my pumpkin spice latte pop’em tarts! This was a super fun #baketogether! xo ~Nancy (twitter handle is @nancyg99 ) (also seen prowling Fairfield Center. . .)


Micha September 30, 2012 at 1:10 am

It’s my first month to join #baketogether and I’m super excited about your new book. My tarts got rave reviews from my friends. Thanks for a great desert!


Abby Dodge September 30, 2012 at 9:16 am

Welcome Micha!


wendy@chezchloe November 10, 2012 at 12:51 am

Those apple tarts. Like a real version of a pop tart I would like to eat. This would be a nice fall snack/dessert. I have a small girls night to go to and might try a GF version. x


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