Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Treats

My parents live on an apple orchard that is about 25 acres. Much of it is leased to a commercial company that uses them for cider but there are still plenty of apple left over in the fall for yummy treats. While on the hunt for something new, I found the above, mini apple pies, baked in muffin tins! Both the picture and the recipe come from here. I haven't made this yet but it is on my list for this weekend!.

Muffin Tin Apple PiesMakes 6 pies in a Texas muffin pan 
Pastry dough

  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 sticks frozen butter (1 cup)
  • 10 Tbsp. ice-cold water

  • 6 large Granny Smith apples
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, plus more for greasing
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. maple sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Coarse sugar, for sprinkling
In a food processor, pulse the flour, salt and brown sugar several times. Cut the frozen butter into 8 pieces, add it to the flour mixture, and pulse until the butter is combined and the mixture is the consistency of coarse bread crumbs.
With the food processor on low, add the water 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together. 
Place the dough on a floured surface, knead a few times and form it into a ball. Cut the dough in half, flatten it into two disks, wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or overnight). 
While the dough is chilling, peel the apples and cut them into ½-inch dice. In a pan on medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the apples, cinnamon and sugar and toss to combine.
Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the apples are still firm, but can be just pierced with a fork. Set the apples aside to cool slightly. 
Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a muffin tin liberally with butter.
Place the chilled dough on a well-floured surface and roll it out to about ¼-inch thickness, and set it aside. Repeat with the second piece of dough. 
Cut out 6 circles of dough to fit the muffin tins, then press each one evenly into the tin to fill the base and line the sides; the dough should be even with the top of the tin.
Cut the dough for the top crusts (they suggest a drinking glass works as a size gauge), and cut a small opening in each.
Fill the pies to the brim with apples.
Use a finger to lightly moisten the edges of the top crusts and bottom crusts with the beaten egg wash to help the pies stay together.
Place the top crusts on—egg wash side down—and press each down gently to connect with the bottom crusts. Brush the tops of the pies with egg wash, and sprinkle with coarse sugar. 
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the crusts are nice and golden. Allow the pies to cool for 10 minutes before removing them from the muffin tin. 

Serve with vanilla ice cream. 


  1. I will have to give this recipe a try.
    I went apple picking about a month ago with my husband, my father, one of my sisters and her 11 yr old daughter. Between my husband and I we brought home 16 pounds of apples. As much as we love raw apples we are getting to the point where we need to change our fruit. I think this would be a great change of pace. Thank you

    1. You can make apple sauce too! It's what I always do with surplus apples. Just peel and cut into chunks. The put into a pot with apple juice and cook really low and slow, adding more apple juice as it cooks away and the apples cook down as well as cinnamon and sugar to taste. I usually start with 10 to 12 apples and a cup of juice. Hope that helps!