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This week's Warm Your Space Wednesday is a little different.  Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I thought instead of a craft, I'd share a pretty (pretty is a relative term) easy recipe, for a traditional Thanksgiving dessert-- in mini form :)  The smell is sure to warm up your space and the taste will take you back to Grandma's Thanksgiving table... promise!

My intentions for this post were to just make some mini apple pies, take some pretty after shots and include an easy recipe.  Well, my friends.  That was before I realized I didn't have a rolling pin.

I found this recipe on Pinterest (which apparently is just from that seemed to not only use ingredients that I already had, but it looked pretty easy, too.  I changed a few things, but apple pie is apple pie, right?  So here's pretty much what I used:

For the crust:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cups butter (chilled)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp water
For the filling:
  • 4 apples, peeled and chopped (the other recipe calls for five, but I had a lot of filling left over even with four)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp flour
  • About 2 Tbsp butter (chilled)
    • you'll only need little slivers to put on top of the filling, so this is just a guesstimate

The recipe I was "following" (again, such a loose term), said to add the flour, chilled butter, and salt to a food processor and let it mix up until the mixture started to look like "little peas."  What?  Food processor?  Little peas?  I was so unprepared...

So I started chopping up the chilled butter into pea-sized pieces and dumped them into the flour and salt mixture.  I stirred it up with a spoon but was getting nowhere.  So I added the water and slowly it seemed to look more like pie crust dough.  My arm was getting tired from stirring with so little progress, so I just dove right in with my hands.  It combined much faster this way.  So consider this the "if you aren't a baker and don't have a food processor" recipe.

The next step was to roll out the dough... wait, roll?  Do I need a rolling pin for that?  Crap.  I should have thought this through.  I was thisclose to throwing it all away and watching Boy Meets World all afternoon when I looked over and saw my Iodized Salt container just hanging out on the counter.  Yes.

I rolled out the dough until it was about 1/4" thick, maybe a little thinner.

Then I looked through all of my china and found a little teacup that measured exactly 4 inches across, so I used that as my template to cut out circles in my dough.  For the record, I think it needed to be a little bit wider, just so that the circles fit into the muffin tin a little bit better.  I needed to roll out the dough twice.

And I placed them all into the muffin tin and made the edges so that they "overflowed" over the top a little bit.  If you're not going to put tops on the pies, then this won't matter, but I needed something for the tops to stick to.

Then I started chopping up the apples for the filling.  This was pretty straight-forward, although I could tell that I didn't need all five apples, so I stopped at four.  I added the sugar, cinnamon and flour to the mix and stirred it all together.  I spooned it into the muffin tin, making them overflow a little bit, because the filling is the best part of the pie, amiright? 

Then I cut little slivers of butter and put a piece on top of each filling pile.

For anyone wondering, this is how much filling I had left... not enough that I'd say you can get by with three apples, but definitely more than enough.

Then I just started decorating the tops of the pies (this is where I should have preheated the oven to 425, not at the beginning).  If you want to leave them plain, that's absolutely fine.  But I just had to decorate them.  If you want to give them solid tops like regular apple pies, you won't have enough dough left over... so I made a few different patterns.

Then I put them into my 425-degree oven and let them bake for about 17 minutes.  I checked them at 16 and it seemed like they needed a little more browning.

And that's the story about the time that I wanted to make apple pies and then realized I didn't have a food processor and then realized I didn't have a rolling pin and then realized when I was finally done that it took me over three hours to make these little guys.  Roger had better love them when he gets home.

Enjoy! ;)

I'm sorry about the crappy quality of some of these photos.  I'm still trying to figure out manual mode on my DSLR.  It's a learning experience.

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