"L’enfer, c’est els autres"
Sartre was right when he said, “Hell is Other people”. Rough day at work, and collectively rough week for all of us, what with midterms season dawning upon us. Wanted to cheer up a friend. He’s a pie fiend, so I attempted my first mini apple pies.
MINI BROWN SUGAR & LIME APPLE PIES (adapted from Paula Deen)
Crust (makes one)
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- pinch of salt
- half of a large egg
- 3 tbs of sugar
- 1/2 cup butter (one stick. I used unsalted)
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
- Freshly ground nutmeg, to taste
- 3 medium apples, peeled, cored and diced
- 1 lime, juiced (Paula’s recipe calls for a lemon, but I used a lime because that’s all I had in my fridge and turns out it tasted phenomenal)
1. Dig out two bowls to prep: a large one for flour & salt, a small one for the 1/2 egg & sugar. Blend egg and sugar together until pasty and completely combined.
Grrrrrl, I’ma cut youuuu. Cut the butter into the flour & salt mixture until it looks grainy.
3. Add egg/sugar mixture to flour/salt/butter mixture. Knead until smooth. Keep in the refrigerator while you make the pie filling. (Forgot to take a picture of this step, but I think it’s relatively simple to figure out. Even Descartes could do it. Dee-dee-dee!)
4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Consult the filling recipe. Put the apples in a bowl and toss with lime juice. Set aside. Mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a separate bowl.
5. Dump your dry ingredients into the apple filling and mix until fully combined.
6. Take your pie crust out of the refrigerator. Dust a rolling pin with flour and get to work on that dough! It should be about 1 cm thick.
7. Cut out small circles from the dough (each circle should have about a 2 inch diameter). Press circles into mini cupcake tin, leaving about a centimeter around the edges. This is important! Otherwise the decorative step won’t work.
8. Fill each cup with apple filling mixture. Take the leftover dough and cut out small strips. Get yo’ weave on.
9. Brush with an egg wash and lightly sprinkle with sugar. Pop these babies in the oven for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
DELICIOUS GOODNESS! My categorical imperative? Bake only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that your product shall be eaten universally.