Sunday, April 22, 2012

Peeta's Mini Cinnamon Apple Tarts


Hello everyone!

You all should be familiar with the book series - Hunger Games Trilogy.  Ever since the first book was made into a movie, "Hunger Games" has really become a household name.  I completely fell in love with the books when they first came out and so did all my friends.  So it wasn't surprising when I was invited to a Hunger Games themed party this weekend.  And it was even less surprising that we were all asked to bring Hunger Games themed food.  The beautiful host of the party had planned a creative menu and I decided I wanted to bring dessert - "Peeta's Apple Tarts."


These adorable mini tarts were an absolute success!  They were super easy to make and had a beautiful presentation.  I was in a rush when I made them so let's just say I had to cheat a little.  Here's how I made them-


Peeta's Mini Cinnamon Apple Tarts

1 can apple pie filling
1 tub of Cool Whip, at room temperature
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
1 box mini pastry shells
1 apple
powdered sugar

Step 1:  Chill the bowl of your mixer and whisk attachment in the freezer for around five minutes.  Then whip the Cool Whip and cinnamon together until stiff peaks form.  Be careful not to over beat the mixture!  Set aside in a cool place.


Step 2:  Meanwhile, open your can of apple pie filling and break the apple slices up using a fork until they are small chunks.  This is important because the pastry shells are too small to accommodate the apple slices.


Step 3:  Dust the pastry shells with powdered sugar to make them sweet.  This step is necessary because the pre-made pastry shells are made neutral for both sweet and savory dishes.


Step 4: Then, spoon the chunky apple pie filling into the shells.


Step 5:  Fill a bag with the whipped topping, snip off the end, and pipe swirls in the center of the tarts.  Sprinkle the tarts with cinnamon powder and place a small slice of apple in the center.  Alternatively, drizzle the topping with caramel sauce and place caramel corn into the center.  Yumm!


Enjoy! And may the odds be ever in your favor!

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