There are two things in this world that I love- pie and miniature things. Ok, I love more things than that, but those are on the list for sure. I was in charge of making desert for the family this year, so I decided to try making pie for the first time- pumpkin and apple! And for fun, I decided to make itty bitty ones in my muffin tin!
The apple pie filling was found here. It only makes 6 muffin-sized pies
The pumpkin pie filling was on the back of the pumpkin can I modified the seasoning), but it was:
398ml of Pure Pumpkin
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp of ground cinnamon*
1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg*
1/4 tsp of ground ginger*
1/4 tsp of salt
3/4 cup of evaporated milk
*I used 1 3/4 tsp of pumpkin pie seasoning instead
I also found the pumpkin pie can (it was 796ml or 26 ounces), was the perfect size for cutting out the crusts. It was a little small for the apple pies, as they need more to seal the edges. Be sure to grease up the muffin tin!
I made the pumpkin ones first (they require different cooking temperatures). I cooked them for 15 minutes at 400 degrees, then 20 minutes at 350. I wasn't sure how long to cook them, but I took them out when the crusts were brown and a knife inserted into the center came out clean. They come out pretty puffy at first, but they soon settle into adorable little pies.
For the apple ones I put little tops on with slits cut into it, then made a little maple leaf topper with a cookie cutter. I made the sure maple leaf didn't completely cover the slits. I brushed the maple leaf with egg in the hopes of making it a bit more distinctively brown. Then I pinched the edges of bottoms to the tops.
Unfortunately, the tops completely separated! I think I should have made the bottoms a little bigger so I could attach the tops more securely.
It ended up being for the best, however, because I could not get those pies out of the tin :(. I don't really know what went wrong, but I figured we could just eat the tops with the filling on the side- the tops are adorable!
I think next time I might try making the apple pies in muffin cups :)
I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving! Or if you are in the States, are looking forward to yours! What is your staple dessert?