Mini Apple Pies Baked in Apple

Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: 4

Ingredients:

  • 9 cups thinly sliced apples
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 large Granny Smith apples
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (14.1 ounce) package refrigerated pie Crust
  • Caramel sauce for topping
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F and make your apple pie filling. In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice and set aside. Pour the water into a large saucepan over medium heat. Combine the granulated sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Pour the sugar mixture into the saucepan, stir well, and bring to a boil. Once it reaches that point, boil for two minutes while stirring constantly.
  • Add the sliced apples to the saucepan and return to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until apples are tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. Let the apples cool for at least 15 minutes.
  • Slice the top off each apple and scoop out the inside of the apple with a knife and spoon until the apple is hollowed out but still retains it shape.
  • On a lightly floured surface, unroll the pie crust and cut it into fourths (one for each apple). Then, cut each quarter into about 1/4-inch thick strips.
  • Scoop some of the apple pie filling into the hollowed out apples, making sure to not overfill the pies.
  • Lay strips of the dough on top of an apple, one strip at a time, making sure to leave a little bit of space in between each strip. Then take a new strip and alternate weaving it under and over the set of strips already in place. Repeat this step until the top of the apple is covered with a pie crust lattice. Trim the excess crust hanging off of the top of the apple with a knife. Repeat this step with the remaining apples.
  • Place apples in a foiled-lined baking dish. Whisk the two eggs in a small bowl and then brush the tops of apples with the egg wash.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
  • Remove from baking dish, drizzle with caramel sauce, and enjoy.
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