Saturday, February 25, 2012

MINIATURE APPLE PIES

3/4 cup - 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 

Place the flours in a large mixing bowl and cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or two knives until mixture forms coarse crumbs.  Stir in the sugar and baking powder.

In a small bowl combine the egg and the milk, mixing together well.  Add this mixture to the flour mixture and stir until a dough forms.  Cover with a clean tea towel and set aside.

1 large Granny Smith apple
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
dash of ground ginger
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Peel and core the apple and grate into a small bowl.  Stir in the cinnamon and ginger; set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 16 X 8-inch rectangle.  Cut the dough into 8 4-inch squares.

To make the pies, place approximately 1 tablespoon of the apple mixture in the center of each dough square.  Brush edges of dough with the egg.  Fold the corners of the dough up over the filling and pinch together to seal.  Place on an ungreased baking sheet that has sides.  Brush the remaining egg over the tops of the pies and sprinkle with the sugar. 

Bake pies until lightly browned, approximately 8 to 10 minutes.  Allow to cool on baking sheet for 1 to 2 minutes.  If not serving immediately, allow to cool on a wire rack.


In a hurry?  Use this same dough and fill pies with prepared canned pie filling.  Hint:  Great for little cherry pies, too.

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