Mini Apple Pies are a delicious dessert for any summer or fall party that both kids and adults will enjoy. We created these individual apple pies at our bake shop last Thanksgiving after our customers kept asking us when we were going to start selling pies. After much experimentation and taste testing we put our own spin on the traditional, and we hope you love these mini apple pies as much as we do!
Pie Crust Recipe:
2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoons Salt
2 egg yolks
3 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons heavy cream
In mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add salt and egg yolks to butter mixture on low speed, mixing until incorporated.
Slowly add flour and heavy cream and mix until dough comes together. Be careful not to over mix. Stop as soon as it comes together.
Wrap in plastic and chill in refrigerator for 25 minutes.
Roll out dough with a rolling pin on a floured surfaced until it is in thickness.
Tip: Try to handle the dough as little as possible to keep it chilled.
Cut out an even number of 6 dough circles. This recipe should give you about 8 circles. Use 4 of them for the bottom crust of your pie, and the other 4 for the top crust of your pie. Press the dough circle into your 4" pie or tart pans. Trim the edges with a knife.
Cut a venting hole the size of a quarter out of the top layers of your pie dough. This will allow your pie to vent hot air when it is baking.
You can use the scraps as decorative accents on top of your pie, such as little hearts, fall leaves or pretty crisscross lattice.
Apple Pie Filling:
5 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored, and thickly sliced
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 1/2 tablespoons sifted cornstarch
3 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
In a large bowl combine peeled apple slices, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and brown sugar together.
Mix together until all the apples are coated with ingredients.
In large pot cook apples for 10-15 minutes on medium heat. Transfer to a sheet pan to cool.
Set aside apple mixture until you are ready to fill your pie shells.
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