Mini Apple Pies

Hi everyone!

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)
Crust:

  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour

Crust Ingredients

Pie filling:

  • 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 😁)

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Step 1: Preheat the oven to 425º Fahrenheit. Then make the crust!

First, whisk together the salt and flour.

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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.

DSC_0543Keep 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.

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After that, mold the dough into a ball with your hands.

DSC_0555Once it’s in a ball, transfer the dough to a cutting board and separate it into 8 small balls.DSC_0558

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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.

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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.

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Next, add the flour and mix it into a paste.

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Then, mix in the white and brown sugar.

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Drizzle the water over the mixture until it has the color and consistency of caramel.

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Bring the mixture to a boil, then let simmer for 5 minutes.

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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.

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Drizzle the sauce over the dough/apple cups.

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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.

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Now, put them into the oven! You’re almost done! Bake for 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.DSC_0621

Pull them out of the oven, let cool, and serve warm with a scoop of ice cream 😉

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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

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