Monday, March 30, 2015

Mini Apple Pies

I make a lot of cakes and pies in individual or mini sizes. I find it much better for someone who doesn't have a big family or not a lot of guests to bake for. Apple Pie is always best when served just out of the oven and still warm. Making smaller sizes assures that you always have a fresh slice! I freeze these and then take them out and bake them frozen for about an hour.

Mini Apple Pies

1 box Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
4 small Fuji or Gala apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1 beaten egg plus 2 teaspoons water for egg wash

Unroll the pie crusts onto parchment paper on counter or work space when they've reached room temperature. Cut circles a little larger than your pie pans leaving an overhang that you can crimp later. Place the pie dough in your pie pans and gently mold to fit on bottom and sides. Trim off the excess dough so it creates a little edge along the rim of the dish. Set aside.

Mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together and then toss in apples and make sure they are well coated. Scoop out apple filling to fill the pie shell. As you can see I like to fill mine high but you can fill them with less if you prefer. 

Next, brush the egg wash all along the outside rim of your shell so the two pie circles will stick together. Place another dough circle on top and press down around the edges. Using the prongs of the fork, press along the edges of the pie to seal the edges. Next brush more egg wash on top of the pies and sprinkle with sugar or cinnamon if desired. Cut 4 slits on top to allow steam to escape while baking. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until the tops are golden.

If you want to drizzle some icing on top, mix 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar with a little milk until you get the consistency you like and then drizzle over top of warm pie. Serve warm or at room temperature...add some vanilla ice cream for a real treat! 

Here is a link to buy a set of non stick mini pie pans that work perfectly with this recipe. A great offer for the fans of Welcome Home at under $10 for a set of 4.

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