Mini Apple Pies

Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

Mini apple pies with puff pastry are a delicious handheld after school treat.

Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

It’s officially back to school for us this week. It’s hard to believe how quickly the summer went by and even harder to believe our youngest is now a sophomore in high school! Having a high school age son who is growing like a weed, means our house must always be stocked with snacks or goodies for him to quickly grab and munch on when he gets home from school.

Anyone else have teenagers with bottomless pits for stomachs?!

Back to School Treat

As a busy working mom, I am always looking for quick, easy, and delicious ways to feed William after school or any time of the day.

These mini apple pies with puff pastry are the cutest, handheld after school treat especially during the fall season because of their adorable apple shape. What fruit reminds us of fall more than apples and which dessert screams fall more than pie!

Mini Apple Pies

Not only are these mini apple pies with puff pastry adorable (who doesn’t love food in miniature size?!), they are super simple to make with help from the grocery store. Sure, I would love to make everything from scratch but my days are busy, so I welcome the help wherever I can get it!

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Apple Pie Filling

To keep this recipe quick and easy, I opted to use a can of apple pie filling. You could certainly make your own apple pie filling from scratch, but in a pinch a can of filling will taste just as delicious!

Feel free to add ingredients to your store bought filling to make it your own. Here are a few ingredients that would be a delicious addition to these mini apple pies:

  • Craisins
  • Walnuts
  • Raisins
  • Pecans
Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

The Crust for Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

Instead of using a traditional pie crust for our mini apple pies, I decided to use puff pastry. Puff pastry dough is light, airy, and buttery. When baked it’s crunchy on the outside and soft & doughy on the inside. It’s delicious!

I like to use Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets found in the frozen section of the grocery. One box includes 2 square sheets of puff pastry dough. Defrost your puff pastry sheets on the counter for about 1 hour before assembling your pies.

Tip: Keep your puff pastry cold, it’s much easier to work with.

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Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry Ingredients & Supplies

  • Apple pie filling
  • Puff pastry
  • Flour
  • Egg
  • Water
  • Apple cookie cutter
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Rolling pin
  • Brush (for egg wash)
  • Fork
  • Spoon
  • Knife
Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

How to Make Mini Apple Pies with Puff Pastry

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Make an egg wash by cracking an egg into a bowl with about a tablespoon of water and whisk. Set aside. Fill another small bowl with cold water, set that aside too.

Puff Pastry Dough

Flour a clean work surface and place one sheet of puff pastry unfolded on top of the flour. Take a floured rolling pin and roll out puff pastry dough to about 1/8″ thickness.

Cut out dough with an apple cookie cutter. Remove excess dough from around the apple shapes and set aside. One sheet of puff pastry should yield 8 apple cut outs (the amount of cut outs will depend on size of cookie cutter).

Apple Pie Filling

Place about a tablespoon of apple pie filling (amount of filling will depend on the size of cut out) into the center of 4 apple cut outs.

Apple Pie Filling

Take the small bowl of water and dip finger into the water and trace that along the edge of the apple pie filled cut outs so edge of cut out is moist. Place one of the apple cut outs on top, lining the edges and pressing with finger to lightly seal the edges.

Sealing Mini Apple Pies

Take a fork and press down around the edges of mini pie to seal.

Mini Apple Pies

With a sharp knife, cut three slits into the center of the pie. This allows air to escape and will prevent the filling from oozing from the edges of the pies.

Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

Place pies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Mini Pies

Once all pies are assembled, brush the top of each pie with egg wash.

Bake pies in the oven for about 15 minutes or until pie crust is brown & flaky and filling is warm & bubbly.

Mini Apple Pies

Allow pies to cool for several minutes and then enjoy!

Apple Pie Filling

How long will mini apple pies with puff pastry last?

Mini apple pies are best when served immediately after baking. If you happen to have leftovers, store the mini apple pies in an airtight container or on a dish covered tightly with plastic wrap.

The pies can be stored on the counter for a day or two, or they can also be refrigerated. We like to warm our leftover pies in the microwave for a few seconds to soften the puff pastry and warm the filling.

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Other Mini Pie Ideas

These mini apple pies with puff pastry are so fun to make and could easily be changed by simply swapping out the filling. How delicious do these filling ideas sound!

  • Blueberry pie filling
  • Cherry pie filling
  • Raspberry jelly
  • Peach preserves
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Milk chocolate

A savory filling idea…chicken pot pie!!!

Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

Back to School Meal Ideas

If you’re looking for easy weeknight back to school dinner ideas, I’ve got you covered there too!

A few weeks ago I shared one of my families favorite comfort foods, meatless baked ziti. This Asian pasta salad can be made a day ahead of time and is delicious served for lunch or dinner. And, this butternut squash soup is so warm and comforting for fall.

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Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

Mini Pies
Preparation Time

15

minutes
Cooking Time

15

minutes
Calories

235

kcal
Total Time

30

minutes

Apples nestled in puff pastry and then baked to perfection. These mini apple pies with puff pastry are a delicious handheld after school treat.

Ingredients

  • 21 oz. can Apple Pie Filling

  • 17.3 oz. Puff Pastry Sheets

  • Flour

  • 1 Egg

  • 2 tbsp. Water

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Make an egg wash by cracking an egg into a bowl with about a tablespoon of water and whisk. Set aside. Fill another small bowl with cold water, set that aside too.
  • Lightly flour a clean work surface and place one sheet of puff pastry unfolded on top of the flour. Take a floured rolling pin and roll out puff pastry dough to about 1/8″ thickness.
  • Cut out dough with an apple cookie cutter. Remove excess dough from around the apple shapes and set aside. One sheet of puff pastry should yield 8 apple cut outs (the amount of cut outs will depend on size of cookie cutter).
  • Place about a tablespoon of apple pie filling (amount of filling will depend on the size of cut out) into the center of 4 apple cut outs.
  • Take the small bowl of water and dip finger into the water and trace that along the edge of the apple pie filled cut outs so edge of cut out is moist. Place one of the apple cut outs on top, lining the edges and pressing with finger to lightly seal the edges.
  • Take a fork and press down around the edges of mini pie to seal.
  • With a sharp knife, cut three slits into the center of the pie. This allows air to escape and will prevent the filling from oozing from the edges of the pies.
  • Place pies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Once all pies are assembled, brush the top of each pie with egg wash.
  • Bake pies in the oven for about 15 minutes or until pie crust is brown & flaky and filling inside is warm & bubbly.
  • Allow pies to cool for several minutes and then enjoy!

Notes

  • Keep your puff pastry cold, it’s much easier to work with.
  • Mix craisins, walnuts, raisins, or pecans into the apple pie filling for texture and crunch.
  • Cut slits into the top of the pies before baking. This will allow warm air to escape preventing filling from oozing from the sides of the pies.
  • Store leftover pies in an airtight container for 1-2 days.

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Grandma’s Old Fashioned Peach Pie With Custard Filling

If there is one recipe that tastes like summer to me, it’s this one. My grandma’s old fashioned peach pie with custard filling. Sweet, ripe peaches nestled in decadent, creamy custard is like a little taste of heaven. One bite brings me right back to my grandparents farm in Goodell, Iowa and summertime as a child.

Grandma's Peach Pie

I am joining 5 other blogger friends today on a blog hop to bring you old-fashioned summer inspiration. Recipes, stories, ideas, DIY’s that remind us of summer’s from long ago. I love reminiscing about the past, especially with friends! I hope you will continue reading to the end of this blog post for links to their old-fashioned summer posts.

If you are new here, welcome! I am so excited you found me (Hi, I’m Heidi!) and Eleanor Rose Home. You can learn a little bit more about me and ERH here. I hope you sit back, get cozy, and enjoy this old fashion themed blog post!

Peach Pie Slice
Peach Pie With Custard Filling

This peach custard pie recipe comes from my grandma Cunningham. Grandma was strong, independent, and sensitive woman who loved Pall Mall cigarettes’, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, crossword puzzles, time alone, and 60 Minutes on Sunday nights. She was not the motherly-grandma type who would give you anything you wanted to show affection. Rather, she was a woman who believed in tough love. She didn’t sugar coat anything, she wouldn’t let you win a game just because you were her grandchild (I know this from experience!), and she always told you the truth whether it stung a little or not. Grandma always wanted you to the best, independent version of yourself you could be. And that is how grandma showed affection and how you knew she loved you.

Grandma Cunningham
Marcella Jeanne Cunningham July 17, 1931 – June 13, 2007

Some of the first memories that come to mind when I think of grandma Cunningham include food.

Memories of Grandma

I will always remember grandma’s toast for breakfast. (She actually wrote about this in one of the last letters I received from her.) It was something about grandma’s butter to bread ratio. She always had just the right amount of butter smeared on white bread toast. And, you could always count on a pitcher of grape juice in grandma’s fridge to wash your breakfast down. If you came to grandma’s in the afternoon, she would put out Pringle’s or vanilla wafers on green Styrofoam trays (you know the kind they use for produce) for snacks. But, I think grandma’s peach pie is what really sticks out in my mind. It was always so delicious and I remember wanting to eat the luscious custard out of the entire pie. Grandma would never let that happen!

Peach Pie on a Summer Day

This peach pie recipe is unusual but extremely simple and easy to make. My mom, an avid cookbook reader, has never seen this recipe printed on the hundreds of cookbooks she has read! So, I am excited to be sharing my grandma’s unique and one of a kind peach pie recipe that I know you will love as much as my family.

Fresh Baked Peach Pie

Did you know that July is peak peach season?! Now is the perfect time to buy those beautiful, fresh peaches from the grocery store or the farmer’s market and whip up some old fashioned fresh peach pie.

Fresh Southern Peaches
Fresh Southern Peaches

Old Fashioned Peach Pie Ingredients

  • Unbaked pie shell
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Salted butter, melted
  • Sugar
  • Fresh ripe peaches, halved
Slice of Pie
Homemade Baked Pie

How to Make Grandma’s Old Fashioned Peach Pie

Start your pie with ripe peaches. I like to buy southern peaches that are a little under ripe at the grocery store, and then bring them home to ripen on our kitchen counter. This usually only takes a day or so. Soft peaches are typically sweeter and juicer, perfect for pie.

Fresh Peach Pie

Peel your peaches with a sharp paring knife (a sharp knife is key) to remove the skin. Once peaches are peeled slice them in half (from end to end) and then remove the pit.

Place the four peach halves (pit side up) that have been peeled and pitted into the unbaked pie shell.

Peached in a Pie

I bought a pre-made pie shell in a baking tin for this recipe, however you can certainly make your own pie dough from scratch. Or, you can also purchase pie dough and place that in your own pie baking dish as well. These days I like to take the help from the store whenever I can get it!

Next, the best part of the entire pie…the custard filling!

Slice of Peach Pie
Custard Pie Filling

Beat the eggs in a bowl until they are nice and fluffy. Add in the milk and beat again. Beat in the combined sugar & flour until well incorporated. Finally, beat in the melted butter. The custard filling should be thick but also light and airy.

Pour the custard filling into the pie shell covering peaches and filling the entire shell.

Grandma's Peach Pie

Bake peach pie for about 45 minutes, until custard is set and top of pie has a crunchy outer shell. Allow pie to cool before serving. Cut into slices to serve or do what I did, take a fork and just dig right in! You will find it hard to resist eating all of the custard filling. If you can restrain yourself, and you have leftover pie, store covered in refrigerator.

Pie Served on a Summer Day

I served our peach pie on these adorable, floral vintage dishes. These dishes reminded me of an old fashioned summer and I just loved the delicate floral details. I bought these plates from Spoon River Vintage on Etsy. While they do not have these exact plates any longer they do have these adorable mismatched salad plates, these mismatched dessert plates are beautiful, and I love the floral detail on these Edwin M Knowles dessert plates.

Vintage Dessert Plates
Fresh Baked Pie

I would love to know if you make my grandma’s peach pie, leave me a comment here or tag me on Instagram if you do! It makes me happy to know a little piece of my grandma Cunningham will continue to live on here in this blog and through the generations of our family as we pass down her recipe.

Peach Pie With Custard Filling

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Grandma’s Old Fashioned Fresh Peach Pie
With Custard Filling

Recipe by Marcella CunninghamCourse: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep Time

15

minutes
Baking Time

45

minutes

Ingredients

  • 8″ unbaked pie shell

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tbsp. flour

  • 2 tbsp. milk

  • 2 tbsp. salted butter, melted

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 peaches, peeled & cut in half

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Beat eggs and add milk.
  • Sift flour together with sugar. Add to milk and eggs. Add melted butter.
  • Arrange peach halves in pie shell and pour custard in to fill.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until custard is set.

Notes

  • Use fresh, ripe peaches for best results.
  • Make sure custard is fully cooked by inserting a toothpick into the center of pie. If toothpick comes out clean, custard is set. If custard is still wet, place in the oven for another 10 minutes. Be sure to check on pie occasionally to ensure crust does not burn.

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