Happy March 14, which is known around the world as Pi Day. This makes for a great excuse for mathematicians and food bloggers alike to make, eat and talk about pie. Since I am both a math guy and blogger this day was made for me.
To honor the day I am finally getting around to blogging about what was one of my favorite pies – individual apple pies that I made last fall. Regular readers of the blog will remember I mentioned these in the post I did on Mini Pumpkin Pies, but for some reason never got around to writing a post about them.
This recipe, which makes a great Dutch Apple Pie with its delicious Streusel topping, couldn’t be easier. Roll out your pie crust so it is thinner than normal. If you start with a store bought crust as I usually do you want to roll this out until it is probably 1 ½ times as large as its normal size, and then cut into 4″ rounds*. Fit these into a muffin tin then fill with apples cooked with butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, flour, corn starch and a bit of apple juice. These are then topped with a brown sugar, flour, butter, cinnamon and oats mixture and baked for about 10 minutes.
The result – served with ice cream of course – is a great tasting apple pie. Best of all, since they are almost bite size you don’t feel guilty eating a few!
* For you current and former math geeks: Just to be clear the diameter of the circle should be 4″, so the radius is 2″ which makes the circumference 2πr = ~ 12.6″.
Recipe: Individual Apple Pies