I'm not sure why apple pie has been on my mind lately. Well we had some company coming for the NASCAR race this past weekend and I was looking for some all American dessert to serve them. I initially made an apple pie, it looked beautiful and I was full of hope for it....but sadly it didn't taste very old fashioned. So out of panic I quickly found a couple of recipes online that I decided to make and I'm very happy with how it turned out. Not only does it have a old fashioned taste, it is also portable. It's a win win!
The filling was perfectly simple, apples, cinnamon and sugar that are sautéed in a pan with some butter before being added to a little round of crust and made into these cute little hand pies.
Old Fashioned All-American Apple Pie Filling
- 1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored and diced
- About 1/2 cup granulated sugar, depends on the sweetness of the apples
- ground cinnamon
- 5 or 6 tsp all-purpose flour
- 1 - 2 Tbsp butter
- In a large frying pan add the butter and let melt over medium heat.
- Add the diced apples and let cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir until the sauce begins to thicken slightly.
- Remove from the heat.
Perfect Pie Crust
The Pioneer Woman
- Make the pie crust as instructed above with the link. Refrigerate so it is very cold.
- Roll out 1/3 of the dough and cut into round shapes, I used a 3" round cutter.
- Use about 1 Tbsp filling for the middle.
- Make some egg wash using 1 egg and 1 Tbsp of water and put some on the lower 1/2 of the round so the edges will seal better.
- Fold over the other half of the round and crimp the edges with either a fork or your hands.
- Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350º for 30 minutes.