Apple Pie for One

 
 
 

From reader Carmen Tibbs: "One of our favorite fall treats is our annual trip to County Line Orchard in Hobart, IN to pick apples. After eating our fill of apples, donuts and other apple-icious treats, we head home to make our own. With our fun mini pie pans, we make individual apple pies yummy enough to make Grandma wish she was at our house."

Ingredients

  • 1 apple - we like to use Macintosh, Jonathan or Granny Smith
  • Pie crust of choice - we use Pillsbury unroll & bake crust
  • 2 tbsp. sugar (or to taste - Granny Smith apples are pretty tart)
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 tsp apple pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice)

Directions

  1. Place bottom crust in baking pan. Peel, core & slice apples into the pie pan.
  2. Sprinkle sugar & spices on top.
  3. Cut butter into 4 pieces, scattering on top of apples. Cover with top crust.
  4. Vent at the top with cute cutouts or simple slits with a knife.
  5. Brush the top with milk, then sprinkle with a bit of sugar.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until apples are tender. Eat & enjoy!

We love to share this experience with our little friends as well. This past season, we took a second trip with friends who "don't eat pie". However, they thorough enjoyed making (and EATING) their mini apple pies with apples they picked themselves.

Cooking with our kids is such a valuable experience. Even before I had kids of my own, I touted the benefits of cooking with kids at workshops & conferences. Think of all the benefits of kids cooking: science (temperature, property changes, chemistry), math (fractions, measuring), language (vocabulary, following directions, reading), motor skills (stirring, pinching, eye hand coordination, rolling, kneading), plus the satisfaction of making something yourself makes great contributions to self esteem.

 
 







 
 
 
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