Prep time: About 25 minutes
Baking time: About 20 minutes
Calories per serving: 233
I love fresh apple pies. Every time fall comes, I just feel compelled to make some good old homemade pies. We also have an apple tree in our backyard (came with the house we bought 2 years ago) so it just makes me even more motivated to feature this great fruit in my blog 🙂
I chose to also make the pie crust from scratch. This process is actually easy and is just a matter of getting used to. If you have access to ready-made crust though, you may also use them if you please.
To make the pastry/pie crust, you will need:
2 cups King Arthur All Purpose Flour
3 tbsps unsalted butter
6 tbsps Shortening (i.e. Crisco)
4 tbsps ice water
In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, cold butter, shortening and water until they are all well incorporated. The mixture will be coarse. Make it into a ball and wrap it in cling wrap. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
While the pastry is chilling, prep up the filling. Here are the ingredients:
3 medium size Cortland apples, cored, peeled and diced
1 package 1/3 less fat cream cheese
½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
Soften the cream cheese in a microwave for about a minute. Peel the apples, core them and slice them in small cubes. In a small bowl, put in the diced apples and apple sauce together. The apple sauce would prevent the apple pieces from darkening.
Next, add the cream cheese into the apple mixture. Add the cinnamon, sugar and vanilla extract. Mix well with a spatula.
Spray muffin pans with baking oil. Line each muffin tin with rolled pastry. Once each tin has pastry in them, fill each and every one about 2/3 of the way. Cover each one with lattice top.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 18 to 22 minutes. Best served warm. Enjoy with some whipped topping. Whipped topping not accounted for on calorie count 😉
Eat well and be well. – Ella Bella