These cute as a button individual Caramel Apple Mini Pies are the perfect size for a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. They're made using a muffin pan with no other special equipment required to prepare. They can be served chilled, at room temperature or while still warm and gooey fresh from the oven.
Muffin Pans Have Become a Favorite Kitchen Tool
Muffin pans are one of my favorite baking tools, I use them all of the time. They're handy for far more than just muffins and cupcakes. I use muffin pans to prepare baked French eggs, tiny fruit pies, tarts, meatloaf, mini quiche, clover leaf rolls and beyond, the list could go on and on. Individual servings are great for portion control and entertaining.
Caramel Apple Mini Pies
A big part of the appeal of these mini caramel apple pies is the scrumptious pecan-shortbread crumb topping. They're delicious and pretty as a picture making it possible for each person to enjoy their own little individual pie. There's no cutting required, which means they're sure to appeal to the apple pie fans at your table. Serve them chilled, warm or at room temperature with a scoop or two, of vanilla ice cream. Apples and caramel is a classic flavor combination that will never get old. Check out these other caramel apple goodies Caramel Apple Muffins from Averie Cooks.
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Caramel Apple Mini Pies
Servings: 16 mini pies
- 8 large Granny Smith apples peeled, cored & cut into small chunks [to equal 8 cups]
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2-3 teaspoon ground cinnamon [more or less to your taste]
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar packed
- ¼ cup cornstarch [*see cook's note]
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 3  inch pie crusts refrigerated or homemade
- 2 tablespoon butter melted
- 1 cup pecan-shortbread cookie crumbs [i.e.Pecan Sandies]
- To make the filling: (May be done up to 3 days in advance) Peel, core and chop the apples into small ½ inch chunks.
- Place into a medium mixing bowl. Toss with lemon juice, granulated sugar, cinnamon, sea salt and nutmeg. Set aside.
- In a heavy bottomed saucepan, melt together the butter and brown sugar. Allow to bubble for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Add the apples. Simmer on medium-low uncovered for 15 minutes until the apples are fork tender and the apples have released their juices. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
- Mix cornstarch with just enough cold water to allow it to completely dissolve to make a slurry.
- Increase the burner temperature and bring the apples to a boil. Drizzle the cornstarch "slurry" into the apples. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.
- Remove from the heat and stir in pure vanilla and heavy cream. Cool completely.
- To assemble: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spritz 16 standard cupcake/muffin cups with baking spray.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pie crusts. Use a cookie cutter to cut the pie crusts into 4 ½ inch rounds. Re-roll the pastry as needed.
- Press one round into each muffin tin.
- Divide the caramel-apple filling between the pastry shells. [May vary, depending on how the filling is divided. May yield as 18 mini pies.]
- In a small bowl, mix together butter and cookie crumbs. Sprinkle on top.
- Bake for 35-38 minutes until the top is golden and the filling is bubbly. Cool in the pan for 1 hour before attempting to carefully remove to a wire rack to cool completely. [Tip: These pies are deliciously "juicy" so place onto aluminum foil or a cookie sheet to catch drips.]
- May serve warm or at room temperature with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
When making these pies, the amount of cornstarch needed to thicken the filling can vary. It depends on the apples themselves, or how vigorously you allow the mixture to boil and how much liquid evaporates while cooking. Start with 2 tablespoon of cornstarch using more as needed to thicken the caramel sauce depending on the amount of juice left in the pan.
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 306mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 342IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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Didi, thank you my love. It's wonderful to hear from you!!
They literally made my mouth water, and I love the use of pie dough my sweet friend! ♥
I haven't posted one here on my blog, but, here's a classic crust recipe from the makers of Crisco, hope this helps!
Pls I want the recipe of pie dough