Mini Personal Apple Pies:
Sometimes making a whole apple pie is just too laborious and risky for those on tight diets (i.e. leftovers!). These personal apple pies give just the right amount of sweet satisfaction following a savory meal. As of yet I do not know of any organic or all natural brands that offer frozen puff pastry, which I use in this recipe. So if approximately 36 hours hours of preparation is not for you (i.e. making your own from scratch), this would be an ok time to "cheat" a little. The frozen puff pastry that you can pick up in most supermarkets is super easy to work with and cuts a lot of cooking time out of the equation. This is a simple and fun recipe that will no doubt make you the apple of everyone's eye.
What you'll need:
- 1 pkg of frozen puff pastry (comes with two sheets)
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
- Pinch of all spice
- 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 2 medium apples (I use organic Golden Delicious)
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of melted butter
- 1 pint of vanilla bean frozen yogurt
- Caramel sauce
- 4 oven safe ramekins
Recipe: Makes 4 small pies
- Pull puff pastry out of freezer and let thaw about 30 min depending on package instructions
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Wash and chop apples into 1 inch chunks
- In a mixing bowl, combine apples with cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, sugar, lemon juice and honey (reserve a pinch of brown sugar for later) and set aside for 5-10 min in refrigerator
- Once the apples have marinated and oven is heated, remove apples from refrigerator and divide evenly amongst ramekins.
- Place one ramekin on top of pastry dough and cut a circle around the size of the bowl
- Perforate the dough with a fork and place inside each ramekin
- Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with remaining brown sugar
- Place in oven for about 20 min or until pastry has browned
- Serve with frozen yogurt and caramel sauce if desired!
- My local alternative grocery store offers several varieties of organic and all natural caramel sauces, but if you don't have that available you can make your own! Ina Garten's recipe, I have found to be the best! Just substitute organic ingredients!
- I use organic Golden Delicious apples for this recipe. They have a mild sweet honey flavor that melts in your mouth but other good types are Granny Smith and Pink Lady varieties that carry a bit more of a punch.
- For the honey, try to find a local brand in your supermarket. Local honey can help combat airborne allergies! I use tupelo honey that is made just 10 miles down the road from me.
- I am partial to Stoneyfield's organic frozen yogurt, but a great non-dairy alternative is SoDelicious. They make both soy and coconut varieties that taste just like the real thing!