Apple Pie Cups



APPLE PIE CUPS

2 Servings


I love watching these videos. I hope you do too. They always make me smile. Apple cups and Clinton and Michael - sounds like the perfect fall day to me!

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 18 mins

Total Time: 33 mins

Ingredients:

2 granny smith apples (tops removed)

1 lemon (cut in half, one half juiced)

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

2 tablespoons golden raisins

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

leftover pie dough

all-purpose flour (for dusting)

1 egg

1 tablespoon turbinado sugar


Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Using a melon baller, scoop out the insides of each apple, leaving 1/4-inch border. Reserve the seedless rounds of flesh and discard any pieces with seeds. Rub the insides of the apple cups with the cut side of the unjuiced half of lemon.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the reserved apple rounds, golden raisins, sugar, and cinnamon, stirring to coat. Cover and reduce heat to low, stirring occasionally, cook apples until they have caramelized and released all of their juices, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in reserved lemon juice and vanilla extract.

Meanwhile, gather leftover pie dough scraps, form into a disk shape and, on a lightly floured work surface, roll out to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut dough into 20, 1/4-inch wide strips. Cover with a damp kitchen towel until ready to use.

Divide the apple filling evenly between the 2 apple cups. Lay 5 strips of dough, vertically, on top of a filled apple cup. Starting from the bottom, fold up every other strip of dough. Lay one strip of dough, horizontally, on top of the unfolded strips of dough. Unfold the folded pieces of dough and repeat this process by folding up the pieces that were not previously folded. Place a strip of dough, horizontally, on top of the folded pieces, leaving a little bit of space between this piece and the previous horizontal piece, then unfold the folded dough. Continue this process until you have a woven piece of dough, forming the lattice crust. Repeat this process with the remaining dough and apple cup.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Brush the tops of the dough with egg wash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

Place apple cups inside of a muffin tin and bake in the oven until the tops are golden brown, about 6-8 minutes.

OR

Wrap the bottoms of the apple cups tightly with aluminum foil, place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until the tops are golden brown, about 6-8 minutes.

Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, and enjoy!


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