Mini Apple Pies

by Sewerranger October. 05, 2015 4551 views

One of the smartest things I've bought are these tart pans. Since it's just me and my wife we find that whole pies usually dry out/go bad before we eat them. With these tart pans, I can make a smaller amount or just give some of them away.

Pie Dough
1 stick of butter
1 cup of flour
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons of water

Directions: In a food processor combine the flour, butter, and salt. Process until it all mixes and is crumbly. Slowly add the water until the entire thing comes together. Depending on the humidity, you could need more or less water. Once it's all combined and you have a nice smooth ball, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Apple Pie
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons flour
5 apples, peeled and cut up
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Directions: Pre-heat the oven to 375F. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Coat the apples in the lemon juice and then toss in the flour/spice mix. Top with either dough or a cinnamon/butter crumble (1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon, 1/2 cup flour). Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until the apples are done.

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My food processor is out of order so I did this the old fashion way - really cold butter and a pastry knife.

A nice crumbly texture - now just add water and mix until it comes together.

I love apple pie, I had peeling and cutting apples.

Seasonings make all the difference.

I like to let the apples sit for a while - the sugar and spices draw some juice out and the end result is a crispier apple.

My new rolling pin in action. I like to roll the dough out in a sort of round shape…

…and then drape it over my tart pans. I can usually only do one or two before I have to re-roll out the dough.

This amount of dough is usually just the right amount for 6 tart pans or one full 9-inch pie pan (without any for a lattice topping though).

All ready for the oven!

One of my favorite desserts of all time.

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Kara Bana 5 years, 1 month ago

Nice looking tarts!

5 years, 1 month ago Edited