Dress up your holiday table by making these beautiful acorns, pumpkins, and leaf-shaped Mini Thanksgiving Apple Pies. See how easy they are to make in this video tutorial.
You were all so excited at Halloween when I shared my tutorial for making Stuffed Pizza Skulls in a skull-shaped baking pan. It was such an easy recipe and so many of you had fun making them for your parties and holiday dinners.
One of you suggested I try using the pan to make apple pies. Being Thanksgiving is coming up I figured I'd use an Autumn Treats Pan by Nordic Ware.
I had to experiment with a few things before I got this one right. I tried traditional pie dough, but it wasn't flexible enough to drape into the pan. Then I used crescent rolls and just didn't like the flavor. I finally decided upon puff pastry which worked perfectly.
I took a shortcut and used store-bought puff pastry and a can of apple pie filling. You can make everything from scratch if you have lots of extra time, but I wanted to keep this project quick and easy knowing how much work goes into preparing Thanksgiving dinner.
If you make your own pie filling be sure to cook it on the stove for a while to soften the apples otherwise they will be a bit crunchy. These mini pies don't bake long enough to fully cook fresh apples.
Check out this video to see just how easy these holiday desserts are to make.
Wouldn't you love to have a nice platter of these to serve for Thanksgiving?
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- flour for dusting
- 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
- 1 ½ cups apple pie filling, cut into small pieces
- 1 egg white
- ½ teaspoon water
- ½ - 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
Dust a cutting board and rolling pin with flour.
Un-fold the puff pastry sheet on the cutting board.
Roll out the dough to about 12 inches by 14 inches.
Cut the dough sheet into six squares.
Drape one square over the pumpkin cavity in the baking pan.
Wiggle the dough into the cavity leaving the excess to hang over the top edge.
Spoon in about ¼ cup of pie filling.
Whisk together egg white and water to make an egg wash.
Fold the excess dough over the pie filling brushing it with egg wash as needed for the pieces to stick together.
Brush egg wash over the tops of the dough and sprinkle sugar over top.
Freeze for 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Bake pies for 20-26 minutes until the tops are deep golden brown.
Remove pies from pan immediately.
Let cool slightly before serving.