So, I was invited to a cookie exchange this past weekend. Well, sometimes I’m not so great at following directions or maybe rules so I decided to make two desserts and neither of them was a cookie. I thought the other people might appreciate some variety. Anyway, the first one was mini apple pies. I heard recently that the new dessert craze might be pies. Move over cupcakes!
I cheated though and didn’t make my own crust. For about $2 I was able to get 2 crusts right in the frozen section of my grocery store. I know, I know, but whatever shortcuts I can get, I’ll take.
I started out with the pre-made crust, some cookie cutters and some play-doh cutters. I’m serious, they’re from my nieces play-doh set that I had at my house:
Since I was using things that belong to my nieces, I kept the theme going with the cup I chose to make the little circle pie crusts.
And, I cut out some pie crust tops with the little cookie cutters. Here’s where things went a little off course. Initially I wanted to use the play-doh stuff to make cute shapes in the top crust, well that turned into a big fat fail. You can see in the top of the picture below that I tried cutting out a little star and it did not work. So I abandoned that idea and just made cute flower shapes with the cookie cutters:
I put all the bottom crusts in my pie pan and started making the filling. For the filling, I just used one granny smith apple. I wasn’t making very many pies though, so if you make more than me, you’ll at least need two. I peeled and cored them, and then cut them into small sticks:
What happened next was a bit of a blur. I haven’t made pie in YEARS, but for some reason I thought I should just throw some stuff in the pan and do a few taste tests as I went along. Luckily it actually worked out for me. To the pan I added apples, cinnamon, butter, white wine and sugar. And then for good measure I added some honey too. Not really sure why, but it tasted good.
Once the apple concoction was soft enough, I started to spoon it into the little pie crusts:
Then, I put the tops on and put it into the oven.
I baked them for about 20 minutes at 350F. Maybe longer though, I kept checking on them and they didn’t seem to be done, so then I’d add some more time.
I thought they tasted really yummy, and the crust to filling ratio was good. The only thing I would change is the top of the pie crust. I wanted something cuter than what I ended up with, but for my first time trying mini pies, I think they turned out pretty good.