Apple Pie Cups from Weelicious

Wonder what happens when I go apple picking? I tend to get a just a wee(licious) bit over zealous and bring home bushels and bushels of apples. At the Glen Oaks Orchard I picked everything from Galas to Granny Smiths to Arkansas Blacks and more. Some of the apples I gave away to friends, some I sent with the kids to school for snack and the rest I used to make a bunch of apple recipes like Apple Butter TurnoversApple ChipsFruit and Oat Crumble Bars and these Apple Pie Cups.

Apple Pie Cups from Weelicious

I really enjoy making a homemade apple pie, but it takes some time and I wanted to come up with a version that was a bit less labor intensive. My thought was to deconstruct the traditional apple pie and make something whimsical and less formal than what we're used to eating.

Apple Pie Cups from Weelicious

These Apple Pie Cups not only deliver as a serious treat, they’re incredibly simple to prepare. I started by sautéing the apples and baking the apple cutouts in the afternoon and then assembling the dessert that night after dinner. You could certainly serve the sweet buttery apples warm, but at room temperature the ice cream doesn't melt as fast.

Apple Pie Cups from Weelicious

Luckily I had so many apples leftover from apple picking that I made double the amount of apple mixture to add to my kids' school lunch (without the ice cream and apple pie cut outs) and spoiled them by giving it to them after dinner several times in one week! Why? I’m just a sucker for being told after I make anything, this is the best thing I’ve ever had. It works every single time. Flattery will get my kids everything.

Apple Pie Cups from Weelicious

Apple Pie Cups from Weelicious

Apple Pie Cups from Weelicious

Another thing that happens when I go apple picking is that in my zeal to pick bushels and bushels of apples, I get hungry! I love to snack on the apples, of course, but I always bring along my favorite Mini Babybel for that added protein boost to help me feel full and energized for the baking I'll be doing later in the day!

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Apple Pie Cups (makes 8 cups)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 15 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 10 apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces (Jonathan, Honey Crisp, Red Rome, Gala)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 recipe pie dough, see below for recipe link
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • vanilla ice cream

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 375F degrees. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper.

2. Place the butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat until fully melted.

3. Add the apples, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt and stir occasionally for 10-12 minutes or until apples are fork tender. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 15 minutes.

4. Meanwhile roll out pastry dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter ( preferably an apple shape, but any shape will work) cut out pastry and place onto baking sheet. Brush the pastry with the beaten egg.

5. Bake pastry for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes

6. Divide the apple mixture into 8 bowls or glasses, top with one scoop of vanilla ice cream and place 1 pastry apple on top.

Accompaniments

Pie Dough Recipe: http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2012/07/24/how-to-make-the-perfect-pie-crust-video/

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.