Mini Apple Pies

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As The autumn leaves are falling and the colours are changing, my craving for comfort foods are peaking.
Like many others, I start thinking of holiday recipes and longing for the subtle notes of Christmas music in the background.

Every year around this time, I fantasize of how the festive seasons are going to be, laughter, music, mulled wine and candles burning, filling our homes with the scent of  cinnamon and cloves.

Trying out new bakes and roasts while wrapping a few presents well ahead of time.

It’s always calm and dreamy around this time of year, with  building expectations of what’s to come.

Come December, I’m  rushing around with screaming kids, lists of what needs to be purchased, recipe fails as there is no patience and love going into anything, just frantic manicness.

It is only November and the plans are vivid and on track. I calmly and lovingly plan and potter around with a smile on my face.

In the breath and spirit of autumn, I dug through my old recipes and fancied some sweet and  fragrant, apple pie, to go with all the fantastic local apple varieties currently around.

So here we go,

Mini portion sized apple pies with the best filling made using Granny Smith and Cox apples.

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I made these with a great flaky pastry recipe I have used for years.

When I’m in a pinch, I just make the filling and buy premade pastry, which works a treat!

Flaky Pastry

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Blend until you reach sand or crumb consistency

Makes  9 small pies

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  • 400g Flour
  • 220g salted butter
  • 1Tbs sugar
  • 4-6 tbsp cold water

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Ingredients

  1. Add the flour to a food processor or to a bowl.
  2. Cube the cold butter into the flour.
  3. Add the sugar
  4. Mix it until you have a sand or crumb consistency.
  5. Add the cold water a tablespoon  at a time until the crumbs come together into a ball.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes.

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While your Pastry is resting, get started on  the divine pie filling.

Apple Pie Filling

Makes more than needed for the pastry, but I always freeze a batch so I have spare.

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  • 700g apples
  • lemonjuice
  • 600ml water
  • 270g sugar
  • 40g cornstarch
  • 1tbsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp pure vanilla powder or vanilla extract

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  1. Preheat the oven 175C
  2. Cube apples and cover with a bit of lemon juice.
  3. Add all the other ingredients to a pan and bring to a boil stirring constantly.
  4. Boil for about a minute.
  5. Add the apples.
  6. Bring to a boil on medium heat and let the apples cook for about 5 minutes.
  7. Let the mixture cool slightly.

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Now its time to assemble, roll out your pastry (I always roll between greaseproof paper to make my life easier.)

Cut out the pie shapes and the leaves for the tops, add the pie filling and you can use some of the pie filling to brush over the pies before they go in the oven.

Leave for about 30-35 minutes depending on your oven.

Tada!


Yummy Little pies perfect for the season and the soul.

Hope you like them.

Leave a comment and tell me what your favorite thing is in November.

Katarina

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