Recipe: Mini Apple Pies

Written by on Jul 23, 2014

My grandmother’s apple pie recipe is the epitome of comfort food. The flaky, buttery crust and juicy cinnamon-apple filling are drool-worthy. However, it’s the crumbly streusel topping that makes this recipe unique. One bite of this pie instantly sends you back to the 4th of July picnics you used to have with your family and those hot, sticky summer days laying out at the pool. What better way to celebrate the summer than with a pie?

Below is a standard 10″ pie recipe. You can use a regular pie pan, or, if you want to try something new, grab an oversized muffin pan and create individual pies. Enjoy.

IMG_9526 copyGrandmother’s Mini Apple Pies

1 1/2 cup Flour
6 Tbsp Shortening
3-4 Tbsp ice-cold water
1/2 tsp Salt

3lb Granny Smith Apples
1/2 cup Sugar
3-4 tsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Lemon juice

1 cup Sugar
1 cup cold non-dairy Butter
1 cup Flour

Combine the salt and flour in a medium bowl. Add in the shortening. Use  a pastry cutter to break up the shortening into pea-sized pieces, the smaller the pieces, the flakier the crust.

Drizzle in a couple tablespoons of water. Use a fork to blend it together. If the dough is still too dry, sprinkle in some more water. You don’t want your dough to be too gooey, so, do so sparingly. Once the mixture is combined, pat the dough into a ball.

On a floured cutting board, roll out the dough. Start from the center. Allow up to an inch extra on the sides so you can crimp the edges.

When you’re ready to move the crust, slowly curl it around the rolling pin. Unfurl it into the pan and press the crust against the sides of the pan. If you’re making the mini-pies, first create a pattern that will fit properly into each muffin hole. Either use a large cookie-cutter or your knife to cut out the circles. Transfer them to the pan and press the dough against the sides of each muffin hole. Try to get the sides as even as possible. Fold the extra dough under. Use your index finger and thumb to crimp the edges.

Prepare the filling by peeling, coring and slicing the apples in a large bowl. Sprinkle the sugar, cinnamon and flour over the apples. Stir everything together. Let rest 10-15 minutes so some of the juices will escape and help create a sauce.

Pour the apples into the pie shell or oversized muffin pan. Arrange the slices to avoid air pockets. Fill your dish until it’s essentially overflowing with apples. They will shrink considerably. Drizzle the lemon juice over the apples.

Prepapre the streusel topping by combining the sugar and flour in a bowl. Cut up the butter before adding it to the bowl. Mix everything together with a pastry cutter. You should have big pieces of butter. Immediately sprinkle the mixture over the apples. Heap it on.

Bake at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes (10″), 30-35 minutes (mini pies) or until the edges start to bubble.

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