Mmm mini apple pies
One of the things I missed the most when I moved out of home was my mother’s apple tarts. Delicious thin slices of crumbly pastry with a sugary apple filling. Like all good home cooking, no one makes apple tarts quite the way Mammy does!
When Little Man and I were visiting my parents last weekend, they gave us a big bag of cooking apples to take home with us, fresh from the trees! So of course I decided it’s time to start looking for my own trademark home baking dish – the one that Little Man will miss when he moves away from home for the first time.
I had some shortbread pastry in the freezer from last month when Little Man and I made and decorated some cookies. Feeling inspired (read: too lazy to make more pastry), I decided to experiment and see how some sweet mini apple pies would turn out if I made them with the leftover pastry.
I rolled out the pastry and cut disks to fill a muffin tray. Then I filled each one with a few small slices of apple, sprinkled liberally with brown sugar. I used the remaining pastry to make the pie covers and then bunged the whole lot in the oven for 25 minutes at 180C.
They certainly look delicious!
And the verdict: yum yum yum. Bit too sweet for Little Man – think we’ll have to save these for tea for ourselves.