Monday, October 27, 2008

Mini Apple Pies


2 level cups all-purpose flour
1 level teaspoons salt
1/4 cup Crisco or vegetable shortening
4 tablespoons butter
8 tablespoons cold water

2 21 oz cans apple pie filling

1 cup granola
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 pinches allspice
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
remaining dough scraps

4 10 oz baking dishes
non stick cooking spray



Spoon flour into measuring cup and level.
Mix flour and salt in a large bowl.
Cut in Crisco and butter using pastry blender (or a heavy wire whip) until all flour is blended and forms pea-sized chunks.
Sprinkle with water, one tablespoon at a time.
Toss lightly with fork until dough will form ball.
Place dough on a large sheet of wax paper and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Remove dough after 15 minutes and roll into a circle between two sheets of wax paper or without wax paper if dough is sticky.
Place your baking dishes on top of your dough and cut around your dishes edges.
Gently place the dough cut outs into your sprayed baking dishes.
Carefully mold the dough around your dishes.
Evenly pour the pie filling into the 4 dishes and set aside.


In a small bowl mix together, cinnamon, allspice, and both sugars then set aside. (Spice Mixture)
Mix together in a medium sized bowl granola, flour, butter and 2 tbsp of spice mixture.
Carefully top granola mix on top of desired apple pies.


Roll out scrapped dough then cut 1/4 inch strips.
Evenly place 5 strips of the dough onto the pie.
Gently roll back strips 1,3, and 5. Then place strips across the top of strips 2, and 4 until you reach the other side of the pie.
Gently unroll strip 1, 3. and 5 and lay over the newly inserted strip. Either repeat the previous steps for the remaining strips or just add remaining strips along the pie.
Use excess pie dough to form a crusts edges.
Roll and tuck overhanging excess pie dough onto baking dishes lip.
Using your index finger and thumb pinch the edges in together to make ridges.
Sprinkle 1 tbsp of spice mix and a sliver of butter on top of pie.


Bake pies in a 350 degree oven until golden brown or until bubbly.

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