Friday, September 10, 2010

Personal Apple Pie Tarts

These personal apple pies were a great treat that Laurie whipped up for my family's Rosh Hashanah dinner with some friends. Laurie used a mini-pie mold from Williams-Sonoma. The pie dough recipe was pretty standard but with a few custom touches from Laurie (I add cinnamon and nutmeg to my crust). The filling was Granny Smith Apples (cut into small cubes), sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt--she made them both with and without nuts, using both walnuts and pecans. And she had a clever idea to help tell the with and without nuts pies apart. She used the leaf cutout, putting it on the top of the ones with nuts and leaving it off the others. So that worked out great to keep people happy since so many people have nut allergies today.

They cooked up great and made for a great personal-sized apple pie, or pocket pie. We served them up with vanilla ice cream and they were a smash hit. Another great idea to top this off would be adding some caramel sauce. They'd also make for a great Thanksgiving pie for someone looking to give a different take on a traditional Thanksgiving apple pie.

A Plate of Apple-Shaped Personal Apple Pies
Two Apple-Shaped Personal Apple Pies

LESSONS LEARNED:
1) Don't over fill the pockets or the steam pocket will rip the dough.
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