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Updated: Jan 30

Gin Gin (Strawberry Gum) is a medium-sized tree to 20 m, found in #NorthernTablelands of #NewSouthWales. It can be grown here in #Mooroopna with some patients.

#Flowers are cream coloured and are followed by small woody capsules. The #glossygreenleaves are #intenselyaromatic. Classified as a #threatenedspecies in the wild, it’s becoming more common in cultivation due to its #essentialoil and #spice qualities.

The leaf is #distilled for its crystal-like essential oils used in #flavouring and #perfumery.

The leaf is also used as a dried spice product in #bushfood #cooking, especially with #fruit; and in #herbalteas. It has high anti-oxidant activity. It is also known as #olida and #forestberry #herb.

#Strawberrygum is used to enhance the flavour of #cookedfruit dishes, #desserts or #spicedjams, bringing out the classic ‘berry’ flavour.

We are dedicating this recipe to Synti Ng for her kind #gift of some fresh leaves and dried ones. So we can continue to teach people how to cook with this Native Traditional herb. As always you can find our recipes on our Blog page. www.craigmuirlakehouse.com

Synti Ng Spice Apple Tart.

PLEASE NOTE WE ARE NOT A RESTAURANT. We teach people that are interested in cooking with our traditional food and want to learn about our culture and provide the bushfood to make it easy to have in your pantry.


INGREDIENTS This recipe for mini apple pie tarts will make about 18 tarts.

  • Apples

  • All-purpose flour

  • Sugar

  • Brown sugar

  • Apple Pie Spice

  • Butter

  • Egg

  • Refrigerated pie crust

🔪INSTRUCTIONS This is meant to be a brief overview of the mini apple pies recipe. For step-by-step instructions and a full printable recipe card with ingredients, please scroll down to the teal box below or Jump to Recipe.

  1. Peel, core and cut the apples into a small dice.

  2. (Optional step, toss the apples with a little bit of lemon juice to prevent browning.)

  3. In a large bowl, mix the apples with the flour, sugars, and spices.

  4. Toss to coat and set aside.

  5. Preheat the oven to 400-degrees, and grease the muffin tin. Set aside and prepare the dough.

  6. On a floured surface, roll out your dough just slightly, take care not to make it too thin. Using a 3.5-inch cookie cutter, the ring of a mason jar lid or a glass, cut circles for the bottom crust.

  7. Then, gently push the circles of dough into each of the wells in the muffin tin.

  8. Next, spoon the apple pie filling into each of the muffin cups.

  9. After that, dot each tart with a ½ teaspoon of butter.

  10. You can top these little tarts however you like - I used the remaining dough to cut some some Fall cookie cutters to decorate the top of my tarts.

  11. Make the egg wash by beating 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of water or milk.

  12. Brush the top of the dough decorations with the egg wash.

  13. Bake the pie tarts in the oven for 18-22 minute, depending on your oven, until they are golden brown.

  14. Let them cool in the pan for a few minutes, before carefully removing them from the tins and allow them to cool on a cooling rack.

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  • pastry brush

  • muffin tins

  • pie crust cutters (optional)

🍴 SERVING SUGGESTIONS Whether you serve these just like this, dusted with powdered sugar, topped with a dollop of store-bought or homemade whipped cream, or alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream, everyone is going to love these muffin tin apple pies! It would also be delicious with a caramel drizzle on top. They would also taste great with a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce. ⭐ TIPS I use store-bought pie dough because I love shortcuts! However, homemade pie crust will work also. The exact amount of pie dough you will use will vary by the design(s) you choose to put on top of the tarts. While these are mini apple pie tarts, be sure to use a regular size muffin tin and not a mini muffin pan. 📖 VARIATIONS We recommend that you try our mini apple pie tarts for the first time just as it is written for the best results, because that is how the recipe has been tested. However, the next time you make it, you might consider one of these different ways of making this great recipe.

  • You can make this recipe using other fruits like peaches, pears, and nectarines. Or, combine apples with another fruit.

  • Instead of using pie crust dough for the top of the mini tarts, make a streusel topping in a small bowl with flour, oats, brown sugar and butter until they become coarse crumbs.

  • Mix a handful of dried cranberries, cherries, raisins or even chopped walnuts into the apple mixture.

⏲️ STORAGE To Store: These mini apple tarts keep beautifully in the fridge for about a week and were the perfect little additions for everyone's lunches this week. Be sure to refrigerate them in an airtight container. (These are my favorite containers.) To Reheat: If you'd like to serve these warm, pop 2 on a plate in the microwave for about 45-seconds. You can also add more time, if necessary. To Freeze: Start by placing the completely cooled apple tarts onto a baking sheet. Flash freeze them for 1 hour. Remove the mini desserts from the freezer and wrap each one in plastic wrap. Then, take all of the tarts and place them into a labeled freezer bag. I find that these are best thawed and eaten within 1 month. To Thaw: Remove the tarts from the freezer and unwrap them. Place them into an airtight container and allow them to thaw overnight in the fridge. 😋 SIMILAR RECIPES If you like these yummy mini apple pie tarts, you might also like to try Mom's Apple Pie. Here are a few other recipes you might like:

  • Chocolate Strawberry Hand Pies - these are decadent and delicious for Valentine's Day.

  • Banana Cream Pie - The silkiest pie you'll ever taste.

  • Blueberry Pie Tarts - Easy and so delicious.

Next time, try one of these delicious apple recipes:

  • Apple Carrot Bread

  • Apple Streusel Bread Recipe

  • Apple Spiced Bundt Cake

  • Easy Toffee Apple Dip

These Apple Pie Tarts are delicious and perfect picnic snacks. Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes Servings: 18

  • pastry brush

  • muffin tins

  • pie crust cutters (optional) Ingredients

  • 8-½ cups freshly chopped apples

  • 1/4 Sweet Apple berries

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour heaping (don't level off)

  • 1-½ cup sugar

  • ½ cup brown sugar packed

  • 3-¼ teaspoons Cinnamon Myrtley spice

  • 6 teaspoons butter cut in half

  • egg

  • 3-4 individual pieces pie pastry sheets Instructions

  • Peel, core and cut the apples into a small dice.(Optional step, toss the apples and sweet apple berries with a little bit of lemon juice,)

  • In a large bowl, mix the apple mix with the flour, sugars, and spices.

  • Toss to coat and set aside.

  • Preheat the oven to 400-degrees, and grease the muffin tin. Set aside and prepare the dough.

  • On a floured surface, Lay the pastry sheets out. Using a 3.5-inch cookie cutter, the ring of a mason jar lid or a glass, cut circles for the bottom crust.

  • Then, gently push the circles of dough into each of the wells in the muffin tin.

  • Next, spoon the apple mix filling into each of the muffin cups.

  • After that, dot each tart with a ½ teaspoon of butter.

  • You can top these little tarts however you like - I used the remaining dough to cut some some Fall cookie cutters to decorate the top of my tarts.

  • Make the egg wash by beating 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of water or milk.

  • Brush the top of the dough decorations with the egg wash.

  • Bake the pie tarts in the oven for 18-22 minute, depending on your oven, until they are golden brown.

  • Let them cool in the pan for a few minutes, before carefully removing them from the tins and allow them to cool on a cooling rack.


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