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Best Mini Apple Pies Recipe Ever!

Super easy to make Apple Pie for Thanksgiving! Make Mini Pies so everyone can pick their favorite! Apple Cinnamon desserts are my ultimate favorite so when Thanksgiving rolls around, I am eating apple pie left and right. The only problem is that if I make a giant apple pie, I am going to eat a giant apple pie, so this year I decided to make mini apple pies instead! I made a large batch and then I portion controlled by freezing some of them so I wouldn’t eat them all at once. Now that I think of it, making different kinds of mini pies all at once would be super easy as well. If you’re making them for a party, people can then pick their favorite. Mini Apple Pies? Yes please! This recipe looks delicious. #applepie #recipe #minidessert Click To Tweet

If you’re not into pies, I can recommend this Norwegian Apple Cake instead. More like a coffee cake and so delicious!

Last year was the first time I ever made Apple pie from scratch and loved it! I couldn’t believe how easy it actually is. I love Joy the Baker’s Pie Recipe so I used that as a base for the mini pies. The crust makes two 9″ pies or 24 mini pies.

Buttermilk Pie Crust

  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) cold unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 (12 ounces) cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (5 to 6 ounces) buttermilk

The most important thing when making pie crust is that the butter is kept cold so start off with butter that has been in the fridge for at least a little while. Cut it up into small cubes and then freeze for 15 minutes.

Cutting Cold Butter cubes for mini Apple PiesAdd the flour, sugar and salt and blend together. Set the entire bowl in the fridge for 10+15 minutes so the butter cools down again. Add the butter milk and mix together until you have a smooth pie dough. Try to act quickly to the butter stays cool. Making Mini Apple Pies for ThanksgivingChill the dough in the fridge for at least an hour while you make the filling. If you’re making two large pies, you can split the dough and wrap them in plastic film. You can keep the dough in the fridge for up to three days and in the freezer for about three weeks.

Apple Pie Filling

  • 2 1/2 lbs organic apples, peeled, cored and sliced (or cubed if you prefer that).  I used a combination of Granny Smith, Royal Gala.
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (can be skipped if you don’t have it)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 – 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, preferably fresh grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Start by cutting up apples. Baking Mini Apple Pies for Thanksgiving. Start by peeling and cutting the apples into slices.

Add both sugars, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to the bowl of Apples and blend together. Cover up the bowl with a kitchen towel and let it sit for at least 30 minutes (or up to three hours). This is when I just added and blended it together.

Makeing Apple Pie Filling for Thanksgiving Mini Apple Pies. Once it’s done, it should look something like this. Making Apple Pie Filling for Thanksgiving Mini Apple Pies. Pour the apples over a strainer and let it sit so most of the juices are left in the bowl.

In a small saucepan, add the butter, let it melt and add the left over liquid. You should have around 1/2 cup of liquid left from the apples, but don’t freak out if you dont :) Add the cornstarch to the mix and let it simmer while gently swirling the liquid (dont’ stir too hard). The liquid should almost caramelize and come down to about a 1/3 of a cup.

Pour the syrup over the apples and blend. Should look something like this. Making Apple Pie Filling for Thanksgiving Mini Apple Pies.

Take out the pie dough and roll out with some flour so it doesn’t stick. Making Apple Pie dough for Thanksgiving Mini Apple Pies. On a side note, do you see how small my countertop is? Yep, that’s the whole thing! Ahh, the joy’s of living in a studio apartment.

Find a small circular object that you can use to trace. I just used this large coffee cup and that worked like a charm. Making Apple Pie Filling for Thanksgiving Mini Apple Pies. Make circles for how many mini pies you want to make. Save some dough if you want to add any crossing/decoration on the top of the pies. Making Apple Pie dough for Thanksgiving Mini Apple Pies. And add them to a muffin pan! Just take the circle of dough, place it in the muffin pan and make sure the dough comes up along the sides. Making Apple Pie dough for Thanksgiving Mini Apple Pies. Add the filling to each mini pie and preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Making Apple Pie Filling for Thanksgiving Mini Apple Pies.Let them bake for 20-25 minutes until they are lightly brown on top. If you have pie dough covering the top, remember to leave a little breathing hole and sprinkle some sugar on top for added deliciousness.

Let them rest for about 30 minutes in the pan after cooking and voilà!Making Apple Pie for Thanksgiving Mini Apple Pies.

Have to try this Mini Apple Pies Recipe! Looks delicious! #applepie #recipe #minidesserts Click To Tweet

What’s your favorite dessert? Did you ever make any exotic pie flavors? I’d love to try them!

Until Next Time, Hadet På Badet!

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Thanksgiving Traditions and Weekend Recap!

I love Holidays and especially Thanksgiving! Being from Norway and Thanksgiving being an American holiday, I have only celebrated it for the last few years, but I already love it. I know it has a lot of history and there is a lot more to it than a nice family dinner, but to me, it’s all about appreciation, friends, family and giving thanks. I also love how it pushes Christmas back to actually being in December. My friends back home complain about Christmas decorations and food coming into stores in September. That’s way to early! Summer is not even fully over yet. But, I digress.

We decided not to go anywhere this year and just stayed in San Francisco. To be honest, I kind of like it when the city simmers down and everybody just takes a breather. A couple of years ago, I ordered the turkey from Honeybaked Ham and cooked a complete Thanksgiving meal at home with every side dish you can ever imagine. I don’t know if I forgot that it was just the two of us or what, but we had turkey, stuffing, mac & cheese, gravy, cornbread and mashed potatoes for weeks! It was nice, but until we’re a big family I kind of feel like I have been there, done that! So this year, we decided to just relax and go out for a nice dinner instead. I loved it!

San Francisco Streets

Thanksgiving dinner dateOn my way home from work the day before Thanksgiving, I stopped by Banana Republic and that combined with the rain we have been having lately, it really got me into PJ’s all day lounge around mood! I wanted all the leggings, tanks, cashmere cardigans, cozy socks and infinity scarfs! And its already added to my wish list.

Banana Republic store layout, thanksgiving weekendThursday basically consisted of us just relaxing, watching movies and me baking my first ever homemade American Apple Pie! I got the recipe from Joy the Baker. Whenever I visit her site, my mouth waters and I want to bake all things everything! The result of the pie? Ta-da!

Thanksgiving Apple Pie

Thanksgiving Apple PieI also needed to get all my Christmas shopping done so the gifts would make it to Norway in time for Christmas. After putting it off for too long, I knew it was time, but to be honest, Black Friday scares me. Last year we went to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving and I figured I would visit one of the outlet malls for Black Friday. Worst idea ever! After being stuck at the parking lot for about an hour, trying to park further away and realizing I was in the deep ghetto, combined with the fear of accidentally becoming the center of attention in one of those Black Friday news headlines, I drove off.

So this year, I took a different approach and got almost everything online with either pick up in store or 2 day free shipping! Amazing! After lounging around in my PJ’s watching movies, and eating apple pie all day long, I did a quick pickup in store at a few places and finished off the night by watching the annual Christmas tree lighting at Union Square. Another holiday tradition favorite! Didn’t get a good picture of the tree at the event with all those people, so here one from yesterday, in all its glory!

San Francisco Christmas Tree

And even though we didn’t have a traditional Thanksgiving meal, we made a fake smaller one with chicken on Sunday! The sides are what really matters right? :)

Thanksgiving weekend recap, turkey and stuffing

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

Until Next Time, Hadet på Badet!