Mini Apple Pie: Budget Food Tip

We love the comforting aromas and taste of a homemade apple pie — there’s just something about the mingling smells of apples and cinnamon baking with a flaky dough crust, and the taste of the pie alongside a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Lucky for us, apples are just starting to show up at farmers’ markets and farm stands. Why not pick up a half bushel and whip up a delicious apple pie? To make homemade apple pie — without all the work that goes along with it — try this recipe for mini apple pies. Use ramekins, or small oven-safe bowls or cups. Even coffee mugs would work.

You’ll need:

3 Granny smith apple, peeled and cut into chunks

1 tbsp. corn starch

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 cup sugar

1 store-bought pie crust, room temperature

2 tbsp. butter, cut into slices

To make:

Combine corn starch, cinnamon and sugar in a medium bowl. Toss in apples, coating them with the dry mixture. Take store-bought pie crust and place ramekins on top. Trace around ramekins with a knife, cutting out large rounds of dough. Divide apples evenly into ramekins. Dot with butter, then cover with dough, crimping around the edge.

Place ramekins on a cookie sheet and bake at 400° for 30 minutes.

Makes two mini apple pies.

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    Catherine Brock

    As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine,, Refinery29, and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.

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