Mini Apple Pies

These Mini Apple Pies are a must-bake item for a cold, wintery evening when only comfort foods will do.

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These mini pies are not only adorable but also easy to make.  Though, if you’re caught up in all the Christmas chaos, try purchasing a pre made dough. No ones judging!  It’ll cut down your prep time by over an hour.

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Pie Crust
(Makes about two 9″ pie circles) Recipe from Dollhouse Bakeshoppe

2 1/2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks/8oz) unsalted butter, ice cold, cut into 1/2″ cubes
5-8 tablespoons ice water
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon of water, for egg wash

Apple Pie Filling. Adapted from Delightfulmom

1 cup of water
2 Tbsp lemon juice
½ cup white sugar
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground clove
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
dash of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 small Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup cornstarch

Directions:

For the crust –>
Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Use a pastry blender to cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until you reach the consistency of a crumbly mixture with pea sized balls of butter. Now combine 1/2 cup of water with the vinegar and some ice in a glass. Add liquid 1-2 tablespoons at a time to the dough, folding it in with a spatula until it just comes together. Form your dough into two disks and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least an hour. When ready to use, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface. Please be careful not to over knead the dough!!

For the filling –>
In a large saucepan combine all ingredients except vanilla and apples. Stir over medium-low heat until thickens (about 2 -3minutes), constantly stirring to avoid burning. Add apples and vanilla and simmer on low about 1 more minute. Remove from heat.

Assembly–> Cut out circles ( I used the bottom of a large glass) from the dough. Place accordingly in a greased muffin tin. Scoop in filling, leaving some space on the top. Top with dough and pinch seal the sides.

Wouldn’t these be the perfect addition to this years Christmas dinner?

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Bake 20-25 minutes until you see light browning on the edges of the crusts.

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Suddenly my kitchen is glowing with the scents of cinnamon and nutmeg. The idea of slippers and frosty evenings no longer seem that bad. Off I go. Friends.

-R

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