Happy Memorial Day! First and foremost, we would like to thank every single person who has ever fought for our freedom, as well as their families who sacrifice so much to keep our country safe.
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.
Our family likes to host a BBQ, spend time at the beach or the pool and create dishes that remind us how much we love our country. This year, I have decided to make Individual All-American Apple Pies. This recipe gives you the opportunity to create handheld pies vs one big one, which can sometimes get messy when it’s being cut and served.
If you’ve never made a pie before, I encourage you to try this recipe. This was actually the first time I’ve ever made an apple pie and while I was afraid of the level of difficulty, it was actually fairly easy to do. And they tasted really good!
Individual All-American Apple Pies
Individual All-American Apple Pies
- 4 cups apples chopped in small chunks
- 3/8 cup granulated sugar
- 2.5 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 pie crusts (homemade or store bought)
- 1 tbsp butter melted
- 1 tbsp butter for greasing
- Preheat oven to 425F and grease your muffin pan with butter
- Store Bought, Refrigerated Pie Crust: - UnrollHomemade Pie Crust - Follow your directions to make dough, roll out to approx. 1/8" thickness on a lightly floured surface.
- Cut out individual circles. You can use cookie cutters, the top of a jar, or anything in your kitchen that is 3.5 - 4" wide.
- Gently press one dough circle into each greased muffin cup. There should be some dough left over for the top of each pie.
- Place the muffin pan and leftover dough into the refrigerator, while you make the filling.
- In a mixing bowl, mix chopped apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg until combined.
- Remove muffin pan from the refrigerator and evenly distribute the filling between all muffin cups. You should have enough to fill each one to the top.
- Remove the extra pie dough from the refrigerator, cut out the designs and place them on top of each individual pie.
- Bake for 20 minutes, remove the muffin tin and brush melted butter on the top of each individual pie crust. Return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes. The crust should be golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
- Using a small utensil, like a knife, carefully drag along the edges of each pie and push up, until individual pies slide out.
- Serve warm with topping of your choice, or plain!
When it comes to decorating your pies, you can get creative! Make the traditional weaved top, cut out stars or other fun shapes. It’s totally up to you! Want to try a different filling? You can do that too! The possibilities are endless.
Once they have finished cooling, you can eat them as is, or add whipped cream, ice cream, fresh berries or fruit. No matter how you dress it up, it’s a great Memorial Day or Forth of July day dessert. In fact, they’d be great all year long.
Once you’ve made them, I’d love to hear about your experience. Was it easy? Would you do anything differently?
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