Even though it is still technically autumn, many of us start planning for the upcoming winter holidays now. I used to be a procrastinator and wait until the last minute for everything but I found that doing that just stressed me out. Now I take the time to plan ahead on activities, crafts, shopping, and recipes I want to do during the season and find that I enjoy it all so much more.
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Febreze scent (get it) me their latest Febreze Home for the Holidays Collection to help me get started in my holiday planning and be inspired by the scents of Frosted Pine, Apple Tart, Toasted Almond, Vanilla Latte, and Sugared Cranberry. Just like in the Febreze Fall collection I shared with you, they also included an assortment of ideas including the Mini Apple Tarts I am sharing. This is a great dessert idea for holiday meals in portion controlled sizes and you can make it ahead too.
The ingredients for the Mini Apple Tart recipe are simple. Apples, wontons, cinnamon, sugar, water, vanilla, cooking spray, a little lemon juice (not shown) and flour.
The longest part of making these is dicing the apples. Make sure you try to keep the size of the pieces consistent for even cooking.
Whisk your water, sugar, cinnamon, flour, salt, vanilla, and lemon juice together in a large pot over medium heat until combined.
Mix your diced apples into the mixture and continue stirring until the liquid starts to boil. The mixing is important to make sure all the apple pieces are coated with the liquid. Then cover, reduce the heat, and cook for about 15 minutes.
While your apples are cooking you can start on the “crust”. Spray a mini-muffin tin with Pam and then gently press one wonton skin into each cup. Wontons are super easier to work with and they are generally found in the refrigerated section of the produce department.
Fill your wonton cups up with the apples.
Now bake for about 12 minutes. When they come out of the oven let them sit in the muffin tin for a few minutes and then gently left them out and place on a flat surface to finish cooling so the bottom of the wonton will firm up a bit before serving.
If you are so inclined you could drizzle some caramel sauce on the top once out of the oven. Other ideas would be to incorporate some fresh cranberries into the apple mixture, top with a sprinkle of sharp cheddar cheese, or serve with a mini scoop of vanilla ice cream of gelato on top of the warm apple tarts.
Think about using the wontons for other appetizers and desserts. Any sweet or savory filling would work in them. Plan ahead by making the filling a day in advance and then just complete the baking of the wontons that you fill the day of your party.
Since I cannot bake these every day I can still enjoy the comforting aroma by using the Febreze Apple Tart products in my home throughout the holiday season. This one I will use in the kitchen for sure. You can see how others are being inspired by #FebrezeHoliday by following @Febreze_Fresh on Twitter.
What scents inspire you for the holidays?