Sunday, October 14, 2012

Mini apple mini pies

Maybe you think I'm being redundant. You said they were mini. No need to say it twice.

But these are actually mini pies, made with mini apples.

I was at my local Russian grocery when I spotted something amazing - and it wasn't bread soda. It was a huge bin filled with tiny apples. Being from a locale particularly friendly to the apple, I was surprised that I hadn't heard of this variety: Lady apples. But apparently here in Boston they're 'local.'

I couldn't resist. I bought a bagful.

And then I didn't know what to do with them.

But I thought making mini pies would be perfect. I love making tiny pies, but a problem I run into when I try to make them with apples is the apple slices are too large. This ceases to be a problem when the apple slices look more like fingernail clippings!

Mini apple mini pies
One recipe pie crust
About 10 lady apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp cinnamon
A few dashes nutmeg
A few dashes ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground ginger
A few dashes salt
About 1/8 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp flour
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
Optional (but preferable): a dash of bourbon
Also optional: two dashes orange bitters

Preheat oven to 375F.

Mix apple slices with everything below. Let sit while you prep the crusts.

Roll out pie crust and cut into small circles, so they fit in mini-muffin cups. (If you have a biscuit cutter, this would probably be a good size. I use the rim of a cordial glass.) Place each circle of crust in a mini-muffin cup. Add a spoon of apple filling to each cup. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the crust edges are starting to get nice and golden.

If you're ambitious, you could dollop each mini pie with some homemade whipped cream.

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