Turkey-Shaped Apple Tarts

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.

You'll need:

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.

4. Add a few tablespoons of water to the egg yolks and beat, making an egg wash.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

Tina W says...

I really want to make these. I hope I don't get lazy. Thanks.

Tifani says...

I was thinking we needed a chocolate dessert for our holiday, but you changed my mind. We need turkey!

Miranda says...

Thank you Tina and Tifani - I hope you enjoy them!!

The Lazy DIY Goddess says...

This is PERFECT for my turkey-less Thanksgiving! My family was shocked to hear we are breaking with tradition and serving roasted duck, but now no one will be able to say I didn't serve turkey too! Thanks for the idea!

Christine @ Following Phubie says...

Love this turkey tart tutorial. I've featured it on http://phubie.blogspot.com/2010/11/edible-turkey-crafts.html.

SweatersinJune says...

i made many many of these last night, http://www.flickr.com/photos/38757776@N00/, and they were a hit today.
thanks sooo much for sharing!

milk tea + polkadots says...

You have the cutest craft ideas! How do you come up with this stuff? I found your blog via Lindsay Nicole's site. :)

Miranda says...

Thank you milk tea! So glad that you found my blog, Lindsay is fabulous :)

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