Apple Pi


Let’s be truthful for a minute…I bought this adorable mini pie mold last week and I couldn’t wait to use it.  Here is the honest part, when I finished baking the results were less than perfect.  This is real life folks and I have to admit that maybe every 1 in 5 tries displays picture perfect results.  The rest of the time..well, things turn out real and there is beauty in that because I still fussed over this pie with care and love.

So let’s make some honest to goodness, warm and toasty pie!  First we need to gather our ingredients, apples, sugar, a lemon, pie crust, nutmeg, cinnamon, cornstarch, and our little pie mold.

I used frozen pie crust, because this is real life and I just didn’t have time to make it from scratch.  Roll out the crust once it is defrosted, making sure it is nice and smooth and there are no cracks in the dough.

Next we are going to make a marinade for the apples.  Lemon juice goes in first, followed by 1/4 cup of sugar.  Then throw in the cinnamon and nutmeg, giving everything a good stir.

Cut 2 apples into small, thin pieces and place it in the liquid.  Let this macerate for at least 30 minutes to  3 hours at room temperature.  When the apples are ready, pour the apples into a suspended colander to capture the liquid.  The liquid goes into a saucepan with some butter over medium heat until it gets syrupy.

While the liquid is getting caramelized, put a 1/4 tsp. of cornstarch into the bowl with the apples and mix it together.  When the liquid in the saucepan is ready, drizzle it over the apples.

Now we are ready to cut the dough with the pie mold.  One sheet of pie crust should be enough for making two little pies.

Place the cutouts into the mold and fill one side with the apple mixture, being careful not to overfill it.

Then all you have to do is press down and voila! A little star-shaped pie, adorable.  Put the pies on parchment paper in a 425* oven for 45 to 50 minutes, making sure to create a small slit so the air can escape.  Now here is real life at its best, the pies sort of deflated in the oven and that cute star shape we saw earlier, gone.  Sometimes you just roll with the punches and what you end up making will taste delicious no matter what it looks like.

This also worked out so that I finished right before Pi day, have a happy 3/14!


2 apples

1 frozen pie crust

1/4 Cup of brown sugar

1 lemon

1/2 tsp. of cinnamon

1/4 tsp. of nutmeg

1/4 tsp. of cornstarch

Defrost frozen pie crust for 1 1/2 hours before using.  Roll out the dough so that there are no cracks.  Add the juice of 1 lemon, 1/4 tsp. of nutmeg, 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon, and 1/4 cup of sugar into a bowl and stir.  Cut 2 apples into thin slices and place in the liquid for at least 30 minutes to 3 hours.  Put apples into a suspended colander and capture the liquid in a bowl.  Add the liquid to a saucepan with butter over medium heat and allow the liquid to turn syrupy.  In a separate bowl add 1/4 tsp. of cornstarch to the apples and mix.  Once the syrup is ready drizzle over the apples and stir.  Cut circles out of the pie crust and place in the mold filling one side with the apples.  Close the mold tightly to get a good seal with the crust and place in a preheated oven of 425*.  Let the pies bake for 45 minutes and take out when golden brown, serve hot and enjoy!

 This recipe was adapted from the recipe at the following link!

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