Merry Christmas everyone!!! Wishing every single one of you a absolutely wonderful day with your friends and family!
In our house this morning, the presents are opened, the breakfast is cleaned up from and I am about to start on the turkey and all the trimmings. The house is filled with Christmas music, lots of laughter (some fighting as well!) and a pretty tired momma! Where was Santa when I needed his help last night?
So, I am having a bit of quite time tucked away in this corner of the house before heading back out. I wanted to post this recipe yesterday but I simply ran out of time. So, it still isn't too late for today or even tomorrow or any time through the festive period. I made these yesterday and they are simply yummy! Not difficult to make and ingredients that most of us have on hand. Enjoy your Christmas day!!!
Mini Apple Pies
For the filling:
4 - 5 apples, peeled, cored and diced
4 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Teaspoon nutmeg
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1 Teaspoon vanilla
1/4 Cup/60 ml water
For the pastry:
2 1/2 Cups/310 grams flour
1 Teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Cup/225 grams butter
1/4 Cup/60 ml of cold water, more if needed
1 Egg, for brushing the pastry
First make your pastry. In a large bowl sift together the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in the cold butter and mix with your fingers until you have a fine bread crumb texture. Start pouring in the water a little at a time, mixing with your hands as you go. It will start to come together quite quickly. Once the dough stays to together you won't need to add any more water. Divide into two balls, wrap and refrigerate for about an hour.
In a medium skillet set over medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar. When it starts to bubble add the apples. Stir well to coat them completely. Add the water and leave to cook for a further 15-20 minutes. Stirring occasionally. The apples will be soft and golden when done. When they are just about cooked, add the cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and give a good stir. Remove from heat and set aside.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and remove your dough from the fridge. On a floured surface roll out each dough ball until it about 1/4 inch thick. Using a 3 inch circle cutter, cut out all of your circles for the pastry bottoms. I then used a star cookie cutter to make the tops.
Line 12 muffin tins with parchment paper and gently press the pastry into each tin. Fill each pastry case with the filling and top with the star pastry. Brush the egg over the star top. This will ensure a golden finish. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the pastry is golden and cooked. Delicious straight of the oven on it's own or with ice cream.
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