Monday, December 27, 2010

Easy Mini-Apple Pie

Santa was very good to me this year.  One of his hits was a coveted set of Le Creuset Mini Round Cocottes.  I put them to good use immediately to create a yummy Christmas dessert.  These can be made in any small bakeware.

Easy Mini-Apple Pies
(makes 2)

1 sheet defrosted puff pastry
1 large red apple, chopped
1/8 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tbs butter, cut into chunks
1 tbs butter, melted
2 tbs maple syrup 
Fresh whipped cream (optional)

1.  Preheat oven to 400 F.
2.  In a medium bowl, combine the apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Stir well.  Divide into baking dishes.  Top with cold butter.
3.  Cut the puff pastry large enough to hang over sides of baking dish.  Place on top off dishes and crimp dough along the edges of the dish.
4.  Baste the pastry tops with melted butter.  Sprinkle with allspice.  Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
5.  Remove from oven.  Crack shell in the middle and pour one tablespoon maple syrup into each pie.  Top with whipped cream and enjoy.