Monday, August 22, 2011

Pie a la Apple

I have discovered Pinterest and it has changed my life! 

I found a variation of these precious, single serve apple pies and had to try them....immediately!  They were calling my name, loudly I might add. Along with dozens of other yummy dishes I can't wait to try.

These are a perfect twist on the traditional pie.

Let's get started:

Pie a la Apple

Serves 4

5-6 Granny Smith apples that can stand on their own
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Pie Crust (homemade or pre-made)

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cut the top of 4 apples off and discard.  Remove the inside of each apple with a spoon or melon baller very carefully.

I used all of the inside of the apple that I could.

This recipes will make 4 baked apple pies (in the apple).

Remove skin from remaining apple(s) and slice very thinly.  These apple pieces will give you the additional filling needed to fill the four apples you are baking.

Mix sliced apples with sugars and cinnamon in a bowl. If you prefer more or less cinnamon make adjustments as desired.  Same goes for the sugar.

Scoop sliced apples into hollow apples.

Roll out pie crust and slice into 1/4 inch strips.

I added a strip inside the top of the apple, which can be seen in the photo above. 

Cover the top of the apple in a lattice pattern with pie crust strips.

Place apples in an 8x8 pan.  If your apples are big you may need a bigger pan.  Add just enough water to the cover the bottom of the pan.

Cover with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and sliced apples are soft.

How yummy does that look?  The entire thing is edible too!

Enjoy my friends!

The Pinterest website is down right now so I'm unable to give you the website that gave me the inspiration for these little pies. The original recipe did not bake the apples.  The sliced apples were baked in the crust while sitting in a muffin tip for support and then added to the hollow apple.  There was no crust included on the top either.

Here's the link.


  1. That is SO awesome!!! Oh I just love this idea so much, I can't wait to give it a try! Thanks for sharing! Buzzed!

  2. These are such a cute and healthy take on apple pie! Thanksgiving musts!

  3. Those are so cute! What a great, healthier twist to classic pie. Though, I'd still be tempted to put a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

  4. An apple pie inside a real apple. This is about as tasty as it gets-Bravo-buzz buzz!

  5. This is such a cool idea! I love it. They remind me a little of these apple dumplings I used to buy at a bakery

  6. These look so adorable! I will def. try this out later in the Fall Season :D

  7. How fun are these! They are a gorgeous twist on the baked apple!

  8. Great idea, those look delicious. Thanks for the share.

  9. What a fun dessert! I absolutely love the presentation of the pie within the apple =)

  10. I loved your idea and was inspired to make something similar. If you want to check it out:
    Of course I linked back to your blog. Thanks for sharing :)

  11. it says 1/4 sugar... i'm wondering 1/4 of what measurement? please specify! thanks.

  12. This looks wonderful, but I'm confused by this:

    "I used all of the inside of the apple that I could.
    Remove skin from remaining apples and slice very thinly."

    What are the remaining apples? You remove the inside from one apple in the recipe but don't you do it for all of them? The one apple in the photo still has its skin on.

    Sorry I'm not getting it..

  13. So is 1/4 of a cup of sugar.

    Mokihana...this recipe makes 4 baked apple pies. The additional apples are for extra filling in the apples that you are baking. I have made some additional comments to the original post in hopes of clearing that up. I apologize for not giving better instructions. If you have anymore questions please let me know. Thanks!

    1. my apples exploded! what do you think i did wrong. the crust was not yet a golden brown so not sure that i cook too long. :-( let me know you thoughts

  14. Thanks so much! I really do appreciate the additional information. I can't wait to make these! Thanks for the update and contacting me.

  15. Very cool recipe!! Hope you break your record soon! :)

  16. Pie a la Apple, so delicious and tasty.

  17. made these for thanksgiving and they turned out amazzzzzzzing ... side note: it takes a lot of patience to bore out the apples ... i made 15 and my hand still hurts lol

  18. Can these be made and then frozen to be reheated later? Anyone tried to make these ahead?

  19. They are a labour of love

  20. I like your idea of baking in the apple better than the original recipe, and the lattice pie crust on top is a great idea!

  21. Like a 3D poster, you don't don't see it till someone else points it out. This is a wonderful idea. I can't wait to make some of these at my next camping trip over the fire. Easy to make, simple ingredients, and I'm betting it'll be the best pie I've ever eaten; because as we all know, everything tastes better when camping.

  22. what recicpie could u use just to make 1 or 2?

  23. Do you put the apples inside the water???

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  25. Can I use a store bought short crust pastry without blind baking it first and still have it turn out well?

  26. I just wanted to let you know, last summer I entered this recipe into the local county fair and it won first prize!!!! You're amazing and this is amazing!!!

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