Sometimes when I’m trying to be healthier, I eat desserts with fruit in them.
I’m totally aware of the fact that all the butter and sugar definitely cancel out any form of health benefits the fruit might have.
But it still makes me feel a little bit better!
And if I’m thinking about apple desserts, then apple pie is definitely first in line!
Apple pie is one of those uniquely wonderful desserts that okay to eat year-round. Works in the fall, winter, spring, and summer! Can you name another dessert that does that?!?
One thing that I love about this recipe is that the apple mixture can be made in advance, and I actually think it tastes better if you do!
You can cook the apples down with butter, sugar, and spices, add in a slurry, and then save it for later! Or if you don’t feel like dealing with pie dough, just serve over a bowl of ice cream! It’s that good!
1 roll of store-bought pie crust (or you can make your own!)
4 tablespoons of butter
5 apples, peeled and sliced
3 tablespoons of water
1 tablespoon of cornstarch
1 and 1/2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 tablespoons of sugar
Flour, for dusting
Caramel, for garnish
Peel the apples and slice them into thin, even slices about 1/4 inch thick.
Melt the butter in a large skillet, then add in the apples.
Let the apples cook in the butter for 1-2 minutes, before adding in the pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, and two tablespoons of water.
Stir everything together and let the apples simmer for about 5-7 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of water and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Mix together to form a slurry. Slowly, pour the slurry into the apple mixture, stirring the entire time.
Cover and lower the temperature to low and allow the apples to cook for another 10 minutes.
When the apples are soft and the sauce has thickened, turn the heat off and allow the apples to cool completely before storing them or adding them to the pie shell.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Roll out the pie crust out into a large circle and cut out small circles about 6 inches in diameter. I used small plates to trace my circles out, but you could use parchment paper, a large cookie cutter, or just freehand!
Place a few cooled apple slices in the middle, leaving an inch around the edge for a border. Take a spoon and pour about 1 tablespoon of the apple sauce mixture over the apples.
Then, take the edges of the circle and fold them onto the apples, slightly overlapping.
Crack one egg in a bowl, and then brush the egg onto the edges of the pie dough. Sprinkle with sugar.
Bake in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes. The crust should be golden brown.
Serve with a drizzle of warm caramel sauce.
Seriously though, who doesn’t love a mini dessert! Of course you could make these full size and save yourself some time, but I love a personalized dessert! Now I don’t have to feel bad about eating an entire one…