We're definitely experiencing some bipolar weather here in New York!! First the hurricane... then a nor'easter with way more snow than anyone believed would fall... and now a beautiful weekend ahead!
I can't speak for everyone, but when I hear snow in the forecast I immediately go into "what comfort foods can I cook? mode." I've been itching to use my mini pie maker, so apple pie was the way to go. So simple, so yummy - and if you don't have a mini pie maker then a muffin tray works just as well.
Pre-made Pie Crust
2 to 3 Apples
1/4 Cup of Sugar
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Salt
1 tbs Flour
Cut your pie crust to the appropriate size (my pie maker came with a circular cutter, but a bowl works just as well - make sure you're cutting circles that are slightly larger than the size of your muffin cup), peel and dice apples, mix the dry ingredients and vanilla in a bowl and toss with apples.
Fill your pie crust and cover with either a second crust or a decorative top (I gave a lattice design my best effort.... it's a work in progress) ~ also, before I placed on the top pie crust I placed a few thin shavings of butter on the seasoned apples.
If you're using muffin tins in the oven then bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes depending on your oven.
I had some left over seasoned diced apples after I filled and baked my pies... so in the spirit of not being wasteful I simply topped the warm pies with extra apple! In was indeed a fabulous decision.