Apple Hand Pi Day
While I was at church on Sunday I found out that it was Pi Day (Because the first 3 numbers in the formula for Pi is 3.14, how clever!) Any excuse to make a pie! 🙂 I had a leftover roll of Pilsbury Pie Crust and a bag of apples, and you can guess where I went from there! I made little hand pies to contain the mess for little ones and make them portable for lunches. I used my 3” biscuit cutter to cut out the pie dough and this size was just big enough to fit one slice of apple filling. Then I took it up a notch by brushing egg on top and sprinkling with brown sugar for a nice caramel crunch on top, that was the best part! (Not pictured here is how I used the leftover filling for my ice cream topping, yummy yum!) The filling recipe was adapted from Allrecipes.com .
Apple Pie Crescents
2 Pie Crusts – I used Pilsbury
4 Granny Smith Apples – peeled and sliced
2 tsp Lemon Juice
1 c. Sugar
3Tbsp + 1 ¾ tsp Cornstarch
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
¼ tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
2 c. Hot Water
1 Egg – stirred
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- Toss the sliced apples with the lemon juice to prevent browning. Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.
- Put the water in a pot and stir in the sugar mixture. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Add apples to boiling syrup and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until apples are tender. Set aside to cool.
- Preheat oven to 400. Roll out pie crust and cut out 3” circles. Place one slice of apple filling on one side of circle and pinch crust closed.
- Brush top of pies with egg and sprinkle with Brown Sugar. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes or until crust begins to brown. Serve warm with ice cream!