Initially I was going for mini pie pops, but it didn't work out too well so I ended up just making mini pies. For some reason, I had a difficult time keeping the stick in the pie. After I baked the darn mini pie pops, let them cool, and hold them up...the stick would just slide off to the side. What gives??!! If any of you have any suggestions why the stick is sliding off please let me know. I didn't want all my work and time go to waste so I decided to write about making mini Teddy pies instead. You will also notice the pictures aren't the greatest quality. I realized I had left my camera at work after I had peeled the 3 apples so I took the pictures using my iPhone.
For the filling, I used Paula Deen's Apple Pie Filling recipe which can be found on the Food Network website. Because I was using the filling for mini-pies I cut the recipe in half and also made sure to chop the apples in smaller pieces.
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
- Freshly ground nutmeg, to taste
- 7 medium apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.Mix together the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. In another bowl, sprinkle apples with the juice of 1 lemon and toss. Stir in the sugar mixture to evenly coat the apples.
For the Pie Crust you can use ready made pie crust (like I did) or if you have the time, you can try Paula Deen's Pie Crust recipe below.
Paula's Perfect Pie Crust:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 3 tablespoons granulated white sugar
- 1/4 cup vegetable shortening, cold
- 12 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed
- 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup ice water
In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, salt and sugar. Add the shortening and break it up with your hands as you start to coat it all up with the flour. Add the cold butter cubes and work it into the flour with your hands or a pastry cutter. Work it quickly, so the butter doesn't get too soft, until the mixture is crumbly, like very coarse cornmeal. Add the ice water, a little at a time, until the mixture comes together forming a dough. Bring the dough together into a ball.When it comes together stop working it otherwise the dough will get over-worked and tough. Divide the dough in half and flatten it slightly to form a disk shape.
Once your dough is ready..start rolling and cutting!
|Ingredients (BTW, I ended up using PAM instead of butter)|
|Peel Three Granny Smith Apples|
|Cut Apples in little chucks. Remember small enough to fit in the mini pies!|
|Add in the sugar/flour mixture with the apple/lemon mixture|
|Take your pie crust lay it out|
|Begin cutting your shapes!|
|Fill each mini pie with the Apple filling|
|Add the tops to them|
|Add Teddy Bear over the tops, aren't these cute!!|
|Rest of the Teddy Pies! Don't forget to PAM the pan, in my case the foil.|
|Add some egg wash on top of each mini Teddy pie|
|Use a Fork to prick a few holes on the side|
|Sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar on top!Yummy!!! mini Teddy pies!!|