Thursday, March 4, 2010

Apple and cinnamon mini pies

Apple and cinnamon mini pies / Mini tortinhas de maçã e canela

Thank you all for your votes and lovely comments – you guys are the best!

The award nomination may have been a huge surprise to me, but your reaction to it was not – you’ve supported me right from the start and have become a very important part of this blog. It is wonderful to share my kitchen experiments and love for food with you – it really makes my days a whole lot better. :)

Speaking of surprises, these mini pies looked and sounded simple – and indeed making them was not hard – but I did not imagine the filling would be so good.

Apple and cinnamon mini pies / Mini tortinhas de maçã e canela

Apple and cinnamon mini pies
filling adapted from Donna Hay magazine, pastry from Modern Classics Book 2

Pastry:
1 cup + 1 tablespoon (150g) all purpose flour
1 ½ tablespoons caster sugar
1/3 cup (75g) cold unsalted butter, chopped
1-1 ½ tablespoons iced water

Filling:
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large apple, peeled, cored and finely diced
2 ½ tablespoons caster sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoon golden raisins
½ teaspoon corn starch
½ teaspoon water
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon milk
granulated sugar, for sprinkling

Start by making the pastry: process the flour, sugar and butter in a food processor until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. White the motor is running, add enough iced water to form a smooth dough and process until just combined. Knead the dough lightly, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Now, prepare the filling: place the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat and cook until melted. Add the apples, sugar, cinnamon and raisins and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Cook for 5 minutes or until the apples are just tender. Place the corn starch and the water in a bowl and stir to combine. Add to the apple mixture and cook, stirring, for a further minute. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F; butter four 9cm tartlet pans.
Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface or between two sheets of non stick baking paper, until 3mm thick, and cut eight 12cm circles from it. Line the prepared pans with four of the dough circles – make sure you leave a tiny overhang of dough. Divide the filling between each pan and top with the remaining dough – make sure you seal the filling well inside the tartlets, sticking the overhand of dough and dough circle together, pressing the edges with the back of a spoon; otherwise the lid might get loose after the pies are baked.
Use a small kitchen knife to trim the excess and to score the tops of the tartlets. Brush with the egg wash and sprinkle with the sugar.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden.

Makes 4

23 comments:

Manggy said...

Well, how could I not surprise you, right?
a) we've been supporting each other since we were young bloglings,
b) you made APPLE PIE! Awesome!

Manggy said...

Er, I meant "support", not "surprise".

arugulove said...

These look so cute! Yum!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Who can resist apple pie? So who can POSSIBLY resist these apple and cinnamon cuties? Not me, for one. Absolutely beautiful - and baked to perfection.

Snooky doodle said...

oh wow these look divine.

Lucy said...

These look totally adorable AND totally irresistible - love it. :)

Taranii said...

mm, these look delicious. The sugar on top makes them look even tastier!

grace said...

patricia, bravo! these are little things of beauty and since they're made with that ever-incredible combination of apples and cinnamon, they're undoubtedly delicious too. kudos!

Katie said...

Yum! These look delicious and you've got the pastry so lovely and crisp. Can't beat a good apple pie - love that they're individual

Marysol said...

Wow, what an honor. Congratulations!

The mini pies look so wonderful. I appreciate tiny food, because I've been told they're lower in calories...so I can have as many as I want, without guilt ;-Þ

Have a good weekend!

Zaytoon said...

They must be delicious. Perfect.

Yum!

And... Congratulations! You deserve for this. :)

Sweet Francisco said...

These look fantastic! I want to go home and make them right now!

~~louise~~ said...

Oh Goodie, I wasn't to late to vote:) Now, can I just have one of those adorable minis. They sound so dog gone yummy! Thanks for sharing, Patricia and GOOD LUCK!!!

Abby said...

I love the sparkly sugar on top. So cute!

Eva said...

Dear Patricia, this is the first time that I leave a comment on your blog, despite the fact that I have been reading it for a long time:)I love the way you cook and your photos are so beautiful and inspiring, that I am amazed every time I see them! That's why I have an award for you! For taking it, please, visit my blog at:http://eveandapple.blogspot.com/2010/03/gyonyoru-dijat-kaptam.html

Patricia Scarpin said...

Mark, I got it - and I'm so glad we've known each other for so long! Thank you, my friend!

Arugulove, thank you!

A Forkful..., thank you! I love anything apple and cinnamon, too.

Natalie, thank you!

Lucy, thank you, sweetie!

Taranii, thank you! I love that final sugar touch, too.

Grace, thank you! Apples and cinnamon are a match made in heaven, indeed!

Karie, thank you! These are petite enough to indulge without feeling guilty. ;)

Marysol, thank you! I agree with you, my dear!

Zaytoon, tks for stopping by and for your support!

Jessica, tks for stopping by!

Louise, thank you for your vote, darling!
xx

Abby, thank you!

Eva, thank you for leaving the comment, so I got to know you! You are far too kind.
Thank you!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

OH these are perfect little pies. I've fallen in love with DH recently, too, but have yet to try any of her recipes. Dried cherries and probably cranberries as well taste great with apples also.

Elodie said...

Being French and only French is a harsh punishment when I see little treats also apétit than yours. I'm ready to get back to English just to follow your fabulous recipes.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Xiaolu, thank you! I have got to try these with the other dried fruit you mention, love them all. :)

Elodie, thank you for stopping by! I'm glad you're enjoying the recipes!

jenna said...

hi patricia! i made these today and they were wonderful. thank you!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi Jenna!
This is great news - thank you for letting me know!
xx

wada said...

Una receta deliciosa, la hemos probado y nos ha encantado. Gracias!!
Bss!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Wada, muchas gracias!
xx

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