A good close friend of mine, sent me and my family a mini pie maker from Smart Planet. Called the Personal Pie Maker. (note: I do not have any affiliation with said Small Planet, I am just reviewing what I think of the product and its performance.)
The product come with a instruction and recipe booklet. I however did not use any of their recipe’s I used my tried and true recipe’s.
The recipe booklet asked for pre-made pie crust. I made my own.
I love it. It is cute, created pies in a very short amount of time, is perfect for my kids to help out with, and they love having their own pie to eat. Large pies tend to take 40 to 50 minutes to bake. This machine cut it down to 12 minutes. Plug it in, set a timer in the kitchen and forget it.
Here is the best part. On a night I had to go to work, where I usually make dinner, feed the kids and husband after he gets home from work, then shower and head out to work, I was able to make 4 little pies for our dessert at the same time. I had left over dough in the fridge and left over filling.
Those smiles are pie happiness smiles. They know somethings fun and tasty is coming. =)
On to the tried and true recipes that I use:
For the pie dough. (note: this is a flaky beautiful dough, if you don’t like flaky dough on your pie you may want to use another dough)
Note: Yield -This entire recipe will make you 8 mini pies. The pie maker makes 4 at a time.
1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into pea-size pieces
1 cup flour
Pinch kosher salt
1/4 cup ice water
For the crust: Combine the butter, flour, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture looks like Parmesan cheese. Drizzle in half the cold water and pulse until the mixture forms a rough ball, adding the remaining water if needed. Remove the dough from the food processor, form into a disk, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
2 tart apples (in this recipe I used pink lady apples)
1/2 cup of sugar
2 tbl butter
pinch of salt
1/4 cup water (sub apple juice if you have it)
1 tbl cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tbl flour
Peel, core, and small dice two tart apples
In a frying pan, melt butter add apples, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Saute till slightly tender add flour and saute for a minute. Add a little water/or apple juice at a time to just to make the filling slightly loose.
The filling will be tart with a note of sweetness.