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Mini Homemade Apple Pies

Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 12

Ingredients

Crust

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 6 tbsp butter chilled and cubed
  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening like Crisco
  • 1/4 cup orange juice cold

Filling

  • 4 apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. To make the filling, mix all the ingredients together and set aside. Allow to sit for at least 20-30 minutes while the brown sugar helps soften the apples.
  3. For the dough, mix the butter, shortening, and flour using your fingertips. Gently mix the butter and shortening into the flour.
  4. Slowly add the orange juice in small amounts (about 1 tbsp at a time) and continue mixing with your fingertips until you reach a consistency such that the dough looks crumbly but is also a bit sticky. It should stick to your fingers and be able to hold the shape of a ball when you pack it together. However, you don't want to overwork it or make it too wet and sticky.
  5. Split the dough into four parts, two for top crusts and two for bottom crusts.
  6. Cover the work surface with a dusting of flour to prevent the dough from sticking, and roll the first dough ball out into a circle large enough to cover the bottom of the mini cast iron skillet.
  7. When the dough is about a quarter-inch thick, transfer it to skillet. (I roll the dough around the rolling pin to carry it so it doesn't break.)
  8. Using a fork, poke a few holes in the bottom of the crust. Then add the filling.
  9. Roll out the second dough ball on a flour-covered work surface until it is large enough to cover the pie and about 1/4" thick. Roll it around the rolling pin to transfer to and lay the dough over the pie filling.
  10. Cut a circle out of the middle of a piece of foil that is large enough to cover the pie. I start with a square piece of foil, fold it in half and then fold in half again. Then I cut a quarter circle out of the center, unfold, and have a piece of foil with a hole in the center.
  11. Cover the pie with foil, leaving the middle open due to the hole in the foil, and bake for 20 minutes. The hole allows the middle to cook without burning the edges of the crust.
  12. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees, remove foil, and bake for another 30 minutes or until done (crust is golden brown and filling is hot and soft).
  13. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Enjoy!