'Twas a busy kitchen the morning of Thanksgiving, but it wasn't bustling with basters and butternut squash; instead, my branch of the family was responsible for the dessert table this year, and indeed, we took it quite seriously!
No bellies were left unsatisfied with the world's best apple pie recipe, which I nabbed from The Pioneer Woman's wonderful cooking blog, and modified ever so slightly, making them 'mini' to satisfy my love for crust (which, everyone knows, makes your hair curly)! Here's how to make your peeps happy:
1. Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees.
2. Peel 4-5 Granny Smith apples (^the men in my family have a knack for getting their hands dirty in the kitchen - my brother was a big help!).
3. Slice those babies super thin. If you're making mini pies, chopping the slices in half may be beneficial, but I didn't, to save time.
4. In a large bowl, mix together 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 cup heavy cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1 Tablespoon flour, and some cinnamon. Then add it to the apples.
5. Take a large glass (or, if you happen to have one lying around, the lid to a 40-oz jar of peanut butter is the perfect sized cutter for your crust to fit into a muffin tin) and cut out your crusts. If I had woken up earlier, I would've made the crust from scratch, but I found that the Pillsbury refrigerated crusts taste great, too!
6. Gently push the dough circles into your muffin tin.
7. Fill your dough cups with as much apple mixture that will fit. Don't be afraid to use your fingers - you won't regret that you did when it comes time for finger lickin'!
8. In a separate bowl, create a crumbly topping for the pies by mixing 7 Tablespoons (just under a full stick) butter, 3/4 cups flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup chopped pecans (more to taste), dash of salt. If you have a food processor, that may make this process go a bit more quickly. Sprinkle this generously on top of each pie.
9. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes. You'll know when it's done, when the tops are bubbly and golden brown.
Mmm :) These are definitely something you will make again. I think between my mum and I, we've make them three times in the past two weeks! And as if that wasn't bad enough for our waistlines, my dad has honed his Banana Cake baking skills, and upgraded to trying a two-layer cake, as you can see below. Delish!
What was your favorite dessert this Thanksgiving?
Find the official Dreamy Apple Pie recipe, complete with more pictures and details on baking instructions, here.