Adam's Mini Apple Pies

Posted by Anisha | Posted in , , , , , , , | Posted on 8/22/2009



In celebration of my new roommate's (Adam's) birthday, I decided to make apple pie. How appropriate, right? Making mini apple pies may seem like an easy task, almost like how Jenna (Keri Russell) in Waitress would conjure a pie in a few minutes based on her prevalent mood. However, Adam and I made a simple recipe into a Herculean task. Instead of venturing to the local market to buy a three pound bag of apples, we decided to explore our backyard. Our backyard is fairly large; we have a 45 degree, never-ending hill with desert-like vegetation. Halfway up this hill, among cacti and bushes is a granny smith apple tree. Feeling adventurous, I was the first one to hike up there in my Kenneth Cole sandals (terribly smart -- I know). Many of the apples crawling with ants, resulting a shrieking Anisha who was picking them one by one. I tossed apple after apple in Adam's direction below and soon enough we had a full basket.


The apples turned out to be perfectly tart. Now, here is my very own apple pie recipe, crust and all!

Adam's Mini Apple Pies
Number of servings: 4 ramekins or one 9 inch pie!

Graham cracker pie crust

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of graham crackers, finely crushed
1 stick of butter, melted
1 tbsp confectioner's sugar

1 tbsp light/dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Preparation:
Mix the dry ingredients: crushed graham crackers, sugars, salt, and ground cinnamon. Once evenly mixed, stir into the melted butter. Press 1/5
of this mixture onto the bottom and sides of each of the four ramekins. Bake for about five minutes at 350 degrees. Let each crust cool before adding any pie filling. The remaining 1/5 of the pie crust crumbs should be used as the final topping to the pie.

Pie Filling

Ingredients:
3 lbs of granny smith apples, diced, peeled (if desired -- I like the peel!)
1/2 cup of confectioner's sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preparation:
Toss ingredients into a large-sized bowl. Mix well and then spoon filling into each ramekin.

Pie Topping

Ingredients:
1 cup of diced apples
2 tbsp lemon curd or applesauce (love the lemon curd!)
4 tbsp low fat-yogurt
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup flour

Preparation:
Blend these ingredients in a food processor or blender. Results in a creamy, off-white thick sauce. Add about four tablespoons of this mixture onto each pie-filled ramekin. Top each ramekin with the remaining 1/5 mixture of pie crust crumbs.

Finally, bake at about 350 degrees for 45 minutes until the filling in bubbling. Cool for about half an hour before devouring!

Each spoon of the apple pie made our muddy hike
up the hill validated. I would recommend purchasing a tub of vanilla bean or almond praline ice cream to accompany this pie. It's very crusty -- just the way my roommates and I like it!

(saved a bite for the cell phone camera -- please excuse the blurriness!)

If you're not in the mood to try this recipe in your kitchen
(or if you can't bake to save your life), venture to Porto's Bakery in Glendale for their amazing apple strudel!

Porto's Bakery
315 N. Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203
818.956.5996
www.portosbakery.com

Best luck baking,
Anisha

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