In the spirit of fall, today we decided to make apple pie–with a twist. We used a classic apple pie recipe and put it into little muffin cups for a bite-sized dessert. Though it wasn’t easy, it was definitely worth the delicious result. If you’re looking for a yummy fall treat, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy 🙂
First, here are the ingredients you’ll need. (makes 8 mini pies)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- Stick of unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 4 Granny Smith apples (note: there are 8 apples in the picture because we used way too many apples 😁)
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 425º Fahrenheit. Then make the crust!
First, whisk together the salt and flour.
Then, use two knives to incorporate the shortening into the flour mixture. Separate the shortening into a few chunks and chop the shortening into the flour/salt.
Keep chopping until the mixture looks like corn meal. You can use your hands if you feel the need.
Next, drizzle the water over the flour/salt/shortening mixture while stirring with a fork. Feel free to add a little extra water if the dough feels a little dry for you.
After that, mold the dough into a ball with your hands.
Once it’s in a ball, transfer the dough to a cutting board and separate it into 8 small balls.
After that, separate each ball into 1 small ball and one larger ball.
Now, let’s move on to the apple filling. First, you’re going to want to peel, core, and slice your apples. This may take a while, but it’s worth it.
We used a food processor for our apples, but you can just chop them if you don’t have one.
Now, onto making the filling. Melt the stick of butter in a saucepan.
Next, add the flour and mix it into a paste.
Then, mix in the white and brown sugar.
Drizzle the water over the mixture until it has the color and consistency of caramel.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then let simmer for 5 minutes.
Now, let’s bring the crust and filling together.
Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray, then press the larger balls of dough into 8 muffin cups. Fill each cup with a handful of apple slices.
Drizzle the sauce over the dough/apple cups.
Next, cut each smaller ball into four flat strips, then layer these strips over the mini pies to form a cross-hatching pattern. (This step is optional, but makes the mini pies look cute 😀 )
Once you’re done with that, use a fork to press the strips into the edges of the pies.
Now, put them into the oven! You’re almost done! Bake for 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
Pull them out of the oven, let cool, and serve warm with a scoop of ice cream 😉
Thanks for reading! Leave a comment below with any suggestions for what we should make next. We hope you try out this recipe and enjoy the crisp autumn air 🍂
See you next week with a fall beauty post 🙂
💕Samantha and Julie