In preparation for the festive season (and slightly because I have just become an owner of several cooking apples) I have been doing some baking recently and testing my ability at making pies. My first attempt did not go so well as the base was not large enough to house the pie and therefore a botch job was created so that the filling did not escape. However, last night I took a different approach and made smaller pies, in preparation for mince pies which I will be attempting this Christmas! As usual my recipes are completely dairy free and considering they do not include unsalted butter, I am surprised that the pastry turned out so delicious! I have adapted a recipe from BBC Food which I have attached to the end of this post so that you can follow the original if dairy free is not for you!
Miniature Apple Pies
For the pastry
225g Plain Flour
Pinch of salt
140g Dairy Free Spread (I used Alpro Soya)
6 tsp cold water
For the filling
2 large Bramley cooking apples, chopped, stewed and cooled
Sugar to taste
Icing Sugar, to serve
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
- Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl.
- Rub in the dairy free spread until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Add the cold water to the flour mixture and using a knife, mix the water into the flour using your hand to firm the mixture into a ball of pastry dough.
- Divide the pastry into two halves. Take one half and roll it out so that it is big enough to cut out 12 individual bases for the pies.
- Cover the pastry with the stewed apples and sprinkle with sugar to taste.
- Roll out the other half of the pastry and cut with a small cutter so that they fit on top (I used star but you can use any shape cutter you can find!).
- Moisten the edge of the bottom layer of pastry and place the second piece on top and press down on the pastry edges.
- Prick the surface of the pastry lightly before placing the pies in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes.
- Take the pies out of the oven and slide onto a plate to cool.
- Sprinkle with icing sugar to serve.
Adapted from BBC Food – Proper Apple Pie