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15 Nov 2016

Mini homegrown apple pies

Autumn baking: Recipe for mini apple pies
Mmm autumn baking. I almost forgot how much I loved the smell, mixed spices mingled with candied apple, the burnt aroma of brown sugar and hot buttery crust. These diddy pies are so adorable and
easy to make and are a lovely way to make use of the leftover apples - albeit fiddly to decorate!
Autumn baking: Recipe for mini apple pies
I am a little biased and insist on using homegrown apples (they are irresistibly fragrant and tangy) and these babies are the same size as mince pies. I made eight altogether using three small-medium size apples and used cupcake cases to bake them as I am fresh out of little silver foil ones! Here is the recipe I used
Autumn baking: Recipe for mini apple pies
100g golden caster sugar
350g plain flour (plus a sprinkle more to roll out the pastry)
200g butter
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon of milk to glaze (you can also use the egg whites for this like me)
A pinch of salt
2 capfuls of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of water
3 large cooking apples, chopped thinly
Juice of one orange
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon mixed spice
2-3 tablespoons of light brown sugar

Rub together the flour and butter to make a breadcrumb-like mixture, then stir in the sugar and salt. Separate the egg and stir the yolk in to the flour, butter and sugar, along with the vanilla essence. Add the water a tablespoon at a time until the mixture begins to thicken and you can make a smooth-like ball with your hands. Leave it to set in the fridge for an hour and, meanwhile, prepare the filling.
Autumn baking: Recipe for mini apple pies
Wash, peel and chop the apples in to thin slices and squeeze the orange juice over, before mixing in the brown sugar, spices and cinnamon, making sure all the apples are coated evenly. Pre heat the oven to 180 fan and roll out the pastry to 5mm thick once the hour is up. Use a large pastry cutter to cut out circles of dough and arrange them in the wells of your baking tray/foil dishes/cupcake cases

Fill each one with the apples, then re roll the pastry to make the tops. I have opted for a criss cross design after being inspired by the most beautiful pie on Pinterest, from laurenconrad.com. This part can be fiddly! If you opt for a traditional mince pie style crust, make sure to stab the tops once with a knife. Next, use the milk/egg whites to glaze the pastry and bake for 15-25 mins until a lovely golden brown.
Autumn baking: Recipe for mini apple pies
I decorated with a sprinkle of brown sugar and added some mini wafer flowers to finish! Mmm apple pies are my favourite dessert come autumntime, I cannot resist the tangy apples and lashings of cinnamon What is your favourite dessert? Thank you so much for your darling comments on my last post!

19 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, they look so pretty and yummy!

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    1. Awww thank you so much Alissa! :D ♡

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  2. These mini pies look sound amazing! ♥

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  3. These apple pies are the cutest! And they sound really good as well. Homegrown apples must indeed have such a unique taste, and mixed with cinnamon and brown sugar this makes the perfect autumn recipe! <3

    Julia x
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    1. Awww thank you so much Julia! I've definitely got to try them again and make the pastry extra thin haha :D mmm they were so good! ♡

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  4. I really need to try these, I've recently gotten into baking! ♡

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    1. Thanks so much Rari, I can't wait to see them if you do! I love baking in Autumn, so fun! ♡

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  5. Those look so cute!! Thank you so much for sharing, I have to try this :)

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    1. Awww so kind Carla, thank you so much! :D ♡

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  6. these are so cute! I love the little flower as well :D

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  7. These sound so tasty! Perfect for a chilly autumn day :)

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  8. These are so cute & look delicious! I wish I had this recipe during winter!

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  9. The texture of these pies looks amazing!
    My mother has an apple tree too. :)

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  10. Omg so yummy! And super pretty to look at too. Will try. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I enjoyed your autumnal baking post, these mini apple pies look delicious and I love the decoration. I recently made chocolate chip and banana cookies, this time of year is perfect to bake when the weather is miserable outside. Hope to see more of these type of posts from you! :-) xx

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  12. These look amazing! I love apple pies, especially in autumn ♥
    Amy xx

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  13. These look absolutely delicious. Your photos are making me feel cosy and festive!

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  14. Oh these just look so yummy! <3

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