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Mini Apple Pie with Puff Pastry

There’s something undeniably delightful about miniature desserts, and these Mini Apple Pie with Puff Pastry treats are no exception. Bite-sized yet bursting with flavor, they offer all the comforting goodness of a classic apple pie in a convenient, handheld package. Perfect for parties, picnics, or any occasion where portability and cuteness are a must, these mini pies are sure to steal the show.

The Puff Pastry Crust

The key to achieving a flaky, buttery crust in these mini pies lies in the magic of puff pastry. This versatile dough is made by carefully layering butter and dough, creating layer upon layer of delicious lamination. When baked, the moisture in the butter creates steam, causing the layers to puff up into a crisp, flaky texture that’s simply irresistible.

The Apple Filling

Of course, no apple pie would be complete without a luscious, fruit-filled center. For these mini pies, we’ll be using a combination of tart and sweet apples, such as Granny Smith and Honeycrisp, to create a perfectly balanced filling.

The apples are peeled, cored, and sliced, then tossed with a blend of sugar, spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and a touch of flour to help thicken the juices as they bake. The result is a filling that’s both sweet and bursting with fresh apple flavor.

Assembling the Mini Pies

While assembling these mini pies may seem daunting, the process is actually quite simple. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Roll out the puff pastry and use a round cutter or the rim of a glass to cut out circles.
  2. Place a spoonful of the apple filling in the center of half the circles.
  3. Brush the edges of the filled circles with an egg wash or water.
  4. Top each filled circle with another puff pastry circle, pressing the edges to seal.
  5. Use a fork to crimp the edges, creating a decorative pattern.
  6. Brush the tops with egg wash or milk for a golden finish.

Baking and Serving Suggestions

These Mini Apple Pie with Puff Pastry treats bake up in no time, making them a perfect last-minute dessert or easy treat to bring to a gathering. Simply arrange the assembled pies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until the pastry is golden and the filling is bubbling.

Once cooled slightly, these mini pies can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature. For an extra touch of indulgence, serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of caramel sauce.

They also make a fantastic addition to brunch spreads, offering a bite-sized way to enjoy the flavors of apple pie alongside savory dishes like quiche or frittata.

Storing and Transporting

One of the best things about these Mini Apple Pie with Puff Pastry treats is their portability. They can be easily stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days, making them a great option for picnics, lunchboxes, or any occasion where a grab-and-go dessert is needed.

Alternatively, you can freeze the assembled (but unbaked) mini pies on a baking sheet, then transfer them to an airtight container or resealable bag once frozen solid. When you’re ready to bake, simply arrange them on a baking sheet and pop them in the oven straight from the freezer, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.

No matter how you choose to enjoy them, these Mini Apple Pie with Puff Pastry treats are sure to delight. With their flaky crust, gooey apple filling, and undeniable cuteness, they’re a delightful handheld dessert that’s perfect for sharing (or not!).

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