This shows and explains how we make our Mini Crumble Pie Tarts using a fluted metal Tart Mold. They’re very easy to make and are certainly an eye catcher! The versatility of Mini Crumble Pie Tarts is their beauty – you can make them anywhere from sophisticated to primitive and the flavor/scent/color combinations are endless. The only limit is your imagination, so go ahead – be creative!
Tools & Ingredients needed:
Pour Pitcher and/or melting pot
Spoon or bamboo skewer for stirring
24 oz. Ky Parasoy Tart Wax or Ky133 Versatile Paraffin Wax Blend
Candle Dye Flakes or Liquid Candle Dye
2.4 oz. Candle Fragrance Oil (we use 10% when making tarts.)
Fluted Metal Tart Molds
Melter (like a Presto Kitchen Kettle) or a few inches of water in a pan to be used as a double boiler
Apron to protect clothing
Spoon for scooping out pie center
Weigh out the candle wax and fragrance oil to be used. (16 oz. of wax, and 1.6 oz. of fragrance oil.)
First color is for the pie crust. Line up the tart molds on your counter.
Tip: Cover counter with wax paper or aluminum foil to make clean up easier.
Be sure to wear safety goggles for eye protection. You do not want to be splashed in the eye with hot wax! Remember with wax – safety first.
SOME SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
- Cover counter with wax paper, old newspapers or aluminum foil to make clean up easier.
- Be sure to wear safety goggles for eye protection. You do not want to be splashed in the eye with hot wax! Remember with wax – safety first.
- Waxes used in making candles are very similar to cooking oils – they are flammable and they are poured at high temperatures, but with certain precautions, accidents may be avoided. NEVER HEAT WAX ABOVE 210°F.
- For safety, wax should be melted in a double boiler. Wax should NEVER be heated directly over an open flame or burner. Direct heating can cause wax to explode and result in serious injury.
- Use of a thermometer is advised to ensure proper wax pouring temperature.
- Never leave hot wax unattended. Keep children and pets away from the area where wax is being melted and poured.
- Never pour water in a wax fire. Water will cause the fire to spread. To extinguish a fire in a pan, cover the pan with its lid. Use a dry chemical fire extinguisher.
- Never pour melted wax into the sink or other drains.
Melt candle wax using either a double boiler, a Presto Kitchen Kettle or some type of melter. As the wax melts, monitor the temperature with the thermometer. For accuracy, do not allow the bottom of the thermometer to touch the bottom or sides of the pouring pot or melter. (Tip the pouring pitcher until the bottom of the thermometer is covered with the liquid wax.)
When the candle wax has melted and temperature reaches 175° F dip wax out of the melter and into the pour pitcher. (If you’re already using a double boiler with the pour pitcher, you’re ready to go!) Add candle colorant and stir well. Then, add fragrance oil and stir thoroughly. Mix well, stirring approximately 2 to 3 minutes to fully incorporate additives and help fragrance oil bind to the molten wax.
When wax has reached approximately 155° F pour candle wax into the metal tart molds and let cool until it is almost set up, but still warm.
Step 4:Take a spoon and scoop out the center of the tart, turning it into a pie shell. Save the center that you dip out – this will be used for the crumbles on top. Using a knife, chop up or just crumble the centers you just scooped out and have ready to top the pies.
Step 5:Follow melting instructions above for the 8 oz. of candle wax, and add colorant and candle scent for whatever fragrance you want the filling to be. Pouring temperature should be at approx. 140° – 145° F.
Step 6: Pour into the pie crusts and make the filling almost overflow the well that you scooped out. Let this cool just for a few minutes, and then drop in the crumbles. Dropping in the crumbles will spread the colored wax filling to nearly the edge of the shell. Just drop in crumbles as desired.
Step 7:Let cool completely and pop out of the mold. You are now ready to package and sell your new Mini Crumble Pie Tarts. Enjoy!
Pie Crust and crumbles: Golden Yellow liquid candle dye
Check out our bakery themed fragrance oils for the perfect pie scents! We recommend using Pie Crust fragrance oil for the crust of the pie and then filling with a different scent for an overall realistic pie melt.
If you’re looking for more creative ideas on how to make scented tarts, check out our tutorial for Drizzle Tart Squares.