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Sunday night I got an email from the kids school. It’s Custodian Week, and they were letting us know all the ways they will be celebrating the 4 custodians who take care of the building, and if there was anyone who would like to help provide treats. I love celebrating those who are often overlooked, so of course I said yes, an then started planning these Mini Apple Pies.
It’s fall, so naturally apples came to my mind, but since it’s a school celebration, apples made even more sense! I signed up to bring our custodians treats on Tuesday, giving myself 1 whole day to plan, shop and bake these mini Apple Pies.
Being Monday, I figured it was a great Family Home Evening to get the kids involved in making something for their school. They loved adding the spices to the apples, and cutting out the crusts. While I tend to get a bit anxious with the kids in the kitchen, this actually was the perfect recipe to get us all involved.
Mini Apple Pies
makes 6 mini pies
2 Gala Apples
3 TBS Sugar
1 tsp Corn Starch
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 pkg refrigerated Pie Crusts
1 TBS water
Preheat Oven to 450 F
1. Dice apples into small bite size pieces – 1/2 inch at the biggest.
2. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat. Add apples, sugar, corn starch, cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Cook until apples are tender. Remove from heat and set aside.
4. Unroll 1 pie crust. Using a glass cup, we cut out 6 mini pie crusts. You can also use the top of the pie tin as a guide.
5. Push crusts into pie tin. Fill with apple filling.
6, Unroll 2nd pie crust. Using a smaller glass cup (or bottom of pie tin), cut out 6 more circles.
7. Fold them in half and cut slits for vents during baking.
8. Top pie filling with 2nd crust and seal edges.
9. Mix egg with water. Brush pies with egg wash
10. Place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until crusts are golden brown.
11. Let cool for 10 minutes, then enjoy.
To make into a gift bag, We put an apple in the bottom of a bag, placed a cardboard circle on top, then the mini apple pie. Tie off with a ribbon and you have a fun baked treat to give. If doing this, let the pies cool completely before placing inside the bags.
Since we only have 4 custodians, we had 2 pies left to enjoy between 5 people. One child claimed a dislike for pie, so 4 of us split the remaining mini pies. They were oh so yummy, and I was given a few scowls for not having more to share with them.
How do you like your apples?