No-Hassle Mini Apple Pies

Sep 12

These delicious, single-serving sized apple pies are beautiful in their simplicity – great for a casual dinner dessert or to keep around the house for indulgent snacking!

Mini apple pie, baked apple pie, easy bake apple pie

Mini apple pie, baked apple pie, easy bake apple pie

Mini apple pie, baked apple pie, easy bake apple pie

Mini apple pie, baked apple pie, easy bake apple pie

Mini apple pie, baked apple pie, easy bake apple pie

I don’t consider myself a cook or baker (ahem, note the “no-hassle” part of the title) by any stretch of the imagination – although I come from a long-line who were top-notch – but I do find that when I seldom carve out time to bake, I find it very therapeutic.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m usually baking apple pie, which is my grandmother’s recipe, or if there is truth to baking being relaxing?

I remember years ago, baking with my grandmother around the holidays and asking her what her secret was. How was her apple pie was so darn delicious? She leaned in and in a lowered voice said it is the “tenderflake” pie crust recipe.  “Like the one right off the box?”  I remember looking at her in shock and then we just started laughing.  To this day I have no idea if she was just messing with me or not.  But it is the recipe that I follow when I’m making homemade pie crusts, and the recipe listed below.

I lost my grandmother very close to Thanksgiving in 2007 and usually bake an apple pie in her memory for family when we celebrate the holiday.  This year I have decided to add a little twist (hello mini!) and turn up the style (crust with attitude), but still staying true to her recipe (I think! ha!).

Mini apple pie, baked apple pie, easy bake apple pie

Mini apple pie, baked apple pie, easy bake apple pie

Mini apple pie, baked apple pie, easy bake apple pieI came across this beautiful pie crust on this site which was entitled the “prettiest apple pie” and I couldn’t agree more!  I knew I wanted to try it.  Braiding added a lot of style and prettiness to the pie and it was nice to switch it up.  But HELLO was it time consuming.  As you now know, I’m not a regular baker.  If you fall into this category as well, be prepared to spend some extra time creating this decorative crust.  You’ve been warned!  For those that bake consistently and do it with your eyes closed, I salute you and you probably won’t find this challenging.

That being said, once you have your dough rolled out, cut into strips with a pizza cutter.  When you have three equally wide strips of dough, braid together like you would braid hair.  I did many at once to help speed up the process.  To serve, my grandmother loved a sharp piece of cheddar with her warm apple pie.  However, I have a toddler so ice cream wins – Every. Single. Time.

Mini apple pie, baked apple pie, easy bake apple pie

Mini apple pie, baked apple pie, easy bake apple pie

Mini apple pie, baked apple pie, easy bake apple pie

Looking for some inspiration to pretty up your Thanksgiving table?  Check this out. What Thanksgiving traditions do you celebrate?  Let me know in the comments below.

Mini Apple Pies

These delicious, single-serving sized apple pies are beautiful in their simplicity – great for a casual dinner dessert or to keep around the house for indulgent snacking!

Course Dessert
Keyword mini apple pies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 mini pies

Ingredients

Pie Crust

  • 5 1/2 cups all purpose flower
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 pound Tenderflake lard
  • 1 tbsp vinager
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Pie Filling

  • 8 granny smith apple peeled and sliced into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp flour

Instructions

Pie Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and place mini pie tins on baking sheet.

    Stir the flour and salt together. 

    Cut in the lard until the mixture is a rough oatmeal consistency. 

     In a measuring cup, combine the egg and vinegar.  Add enough cold water to make a cup.  

    Stir the liquid into the flour mixture, adding just enough to make the dough cling together.  

    Take out and combine by hand.  Roll out on lightly floured  surface.  

    Cut 8, 6 inch circles, allow to go up the sides of the pie tin.  

    Use the rest of the dough to decorative the top of the pies as you like

Pie Filling

  1. Combine sliced apples, cinnamon, and sugar in a bowl and scoop into pie crusts.

    Add decorative crust on top.

    Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 15 mins or until crust is browning, reduce to 350 degrees and continue baking for another 30 mins.

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