Monday, April 23, 2012

Apple Pied!!


Recipe: Mini Apple Pies ( Photos updated on 25 March 2017)



 As I have mentioned earlier, most of my culinary trails are usually attempts to satisfy the demands set by my fussy little eater of a daughter and sometimes even an attempt to trick her into eating something which she might not eat otherwise.
These apple pies that I had to make are yet another product of her relentless pushing and bullying!!

The first time she put forward her demand,I ignored it as one of her usual passing fancies. But with 1 week of non-stop pesteri
ng I realised that she was not going to let go easily......
You see pies are not really a regular with us, in fact, we have only eaten it maybe a couple of times and that too from a cafe and each time we did buy it, my daughter completely refused to open her mouth to it.....


 
So, you can understand my skepticism when she came out with this rather strange request and what was even more intriguing was that I still cannot guess what gave her the idea that pies were something that could be made at home and that too at her home!!!!!
Anyways, after I decided to succumb to her pressure, the next step was to get a perfect recipe to execute the plan and yes, what better place to go to than  to Joy of baking’s Apple pie recipe.

The only thing about the recipe that bothered me was the quantity. With my unpredictable daughter I couldn't risk making the whole pie and then end up eating it all by myself......
So I decided to halve the quantity and make some mini pies instead :)
You can find the original recipe here.




 

And there's one little warning that I would like to give...... once the apple filling is made you will have to try really hard to save enough to fill up the pies.....well, i ended up gobbling down half of it, they are so delicious all by themselves.

MINI APPLE PIES

                                       




Ingredients

Apple Filling :
Apples - 3 large peeled,cored and sliced into 1 inch pieces
White sugar - 2 tbsp
Light brown sugar - 2 tbsp
Lemon Juice - 1 tsp
Cinnamon powder - ½ tsp
Salt - a pinch
Unsalted butter - 1 tbsp
Corn flour - ¾ tbsp

Pie Crust:
All-purpose flour - 1 ¼ cups
salt - ½ tsp
sugar - 1 tbsp

Unsalted butter - ½ cup (1 stick) chilled and cut into 1 inch cubes
Ice water - 2-3 tbsp
   
Preparation





Apple Filling:
In a big bowl combine the apple slices, sugars,cinnamon powder, lemon juice and salt and mix well. Cover the bowl and leave to stand for ½ an hour or even upto 3 hours at room temperature.

You will find that some juices would have formed. Place the apple mixture over a strainer and collect the juice (leave to strain for 10-15 mins).

Now pour the juice into a microwave safe cup or bowl that’s well greased and add unsalted butter to it. Place this in the microwave and let it boil on high for around 3-5 mins or until the liquid has turned syrupy.

Pour the syrup over the apples and mix in the corn flour as well. Set this aside to be filled.
   
Pie Crust
You may use a food processor if you have one or use your fingertips for this process.
Place flour, salt and sugar in bowl and combine well.
Now add the chilled, cubed butter pieces to this mixture. Remember that the butter has to be really really cold.
Now mix this along with the dry ingredients until you get a crumbly and coarse looking yellow mixture.
To this add ice water 1 tbsp at a time, in a slow and steady manner. The correct consistency is when the dough just starts coming together. You do not need  smooth,round dough!!



 Empty the dough onto your work surface and gather it into a ball, and then  flatten it into a disc. DO NOT KNEAD.
Wrap this disc with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.

After the chilling, remove from refrigerator and place the dough on a lightly floured surface and using a rolling pin dusted with some flour roll out the dough into a ¼ inch thick square sheet.
Lift and turn the dough as you roll to avoid it from sticking to the work surface.

Now using a knife cut the sheet into 10-12 equal squares. Transfer these onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and chill for another 10-15 mins.

Assembly
Remove from refrigerator.
Now place around 1-1 ½ tbsp of filling on one square piece. Using another piece cover the filling and seal the edges. You may use the tines of a fork to do the sealing and it gives a pretty look to your pies as well. Using a sharp knife make small slits on the top of your pies to help the steam escape.
Do the same to the remaining dough as well .
Cover this with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for another 10-15 mins while you preheat your oven to 200 degree C with the rack in the centre.

Pop your baking sheet into the oven and bake for 35-40 mins or until  the juices starts bubbling out and your pies turn a light  brown and the apples inside turn tender but not too squishy. You can find this out by poking inside the slit with a knife.


 Remove from oven and leave to cool.
You may serve this warm or at room temperature. You can enjoy this as such or even better topped with some ice cream or whipped cream.

If you do not want to go through the troubles of making the dough, you may fill your apple filling into a store bought puff pastry as well.
But I tell you, the tastes are poles apart nothing near the lovely homemade pastry... worth a try!!

And Verdict: My daughter failed to disappoint me and happily munched down 2 of them. Any trouble to see that happy smile on her face!!
And we did enjoy them too :)

10 comments:

  1. Love this, Looks yummy
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  2. mini pies look yummy... an award for you at my space.. :)

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    1. Thank u so much Reshmi 4 passing an award 2 me....coming over 2 collect it :)

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  3. Delicious pie with fresh fruits filling!I love this filling a lot,had made the same in my apple pizza & toaster strudel..:-)
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    1. Thnks juliie.... I agree it's really a delicious filling

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  4. These are so cute! I have so much experience with picky eaters. I don`t think anyone could refuse these!

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    1. Thank u so much CAthleen......and yes my picky eater did fall 4 these :)

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