I was given a huge bag of freshly picked apples last week and naturally my mind went to apple pie. It's something that we have as treat only about once a year or so. The problem is that a whole apple pie is just too much for the two of us. That got me thinking of how I could make individual apple pies. As I looked in my cupboard, I saw my 5 oz. ramekins and thought that would be the perfect size. I figured someone else had already done this so why reinvent the wheel and I went to Googling. Sure enough I found a recipe that I adapted a bit and we had delicious dessert in a portion controlled size!
Individual Apple Pies for Two
Pie Dough: use your favorite recipe or buy the refrigerated type. You'll need dough for 1 crust ( and you will have leftover).
2 medium apples, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 Tablespoon flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
dash of salt
1/4 cup sugar (Adjust according to type of apples being used. Sweeter apples would need less.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Roll your pie crust out to a 10" circle. Using a 5 oz. ramekin, press it 4 times into the dough leaving space around each circle.
Cut out 2 of the circles exactly as sized and put into bottom of ramekin. The dough will come up the side a bit creating a little cup.
Put ramekins on a cookie sheet and place in the preheated oven. Cook for 10 minutes then take out of oven to cool The crust will not be golden, you're just pre-cooking it a bit. Set aside to cool.
In the meantime, prep your filling. Chop apples and put into large bowl, toss with lemon juice. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar. Sprinkle over apples and mix well. Put apple mixture into ramekins on top of crust. It will be heaping.
Cut out your other two dough circles but this time go about a half inch outside the circle shape. Put dough on top of apple mixture and crimp around the edges to make a top crust. Cut a slit in the top to allow steam to escape.
Put back in oven and bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until top crust is lovely and golden. Serve warm with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or a slice of sharp cheddar. Delicious!
I enjoyed this method so much that I will use it again next time we want pie. There was actually enough dough left to make one more pie so next time I'll probably do that. While 8 pieces of pie might be too much, Mr. Helen wouldn't have minded if one of these little pies was left over.