Fresh apple pie filling and THE best pie crust combine to delight your tastebuds.
1 Tablespoon Fresh lemon juice
3 Cups Apples (cored, peeled and roughly chopped)
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Sugar
¼ Teaspoon Cinnamon
¼ Teaspoon Nutmeg
¼ Teaspoon Clove
¼ Teaspoon Salt
¼ Cup Cornstarch
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1-½ Cups All purpose flour
¼ Teaspoon Salt
2 Teaspoons Sugar
1 Stick (8 Tbls.) Butter (unsalted, VERY cold)
4-5 Tablespoons Ice water
To Prepare Filling
Place chopped apples in large bowl. Drizzle lemon juice and toss to mix. The lemon juice will prevent the apples from turning brown.
In large saucepan, add water, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Stir over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Add apples. Continue stirring and cook for another 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Cool to room temperature. At this point, you can either use the filling or store it in the freezer. NOTE: this filling will separate over time. Before using be sure to reheat and stir to combine.
To Prepare Crust
Place flour, salt, sugar in bowl and stir with whisk to combine
Using a food processor, add flour mixture and cubed butter. Pulse until butter is the size of peas.
Add approximately 3 tablespoons of water and pulse again.
Add additional water until dough just starts to stick together. Don't overwork dough or it will become tough.
Remove dough from food processor. Shape into 2 disks, wrap in plastic and place in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
To assemble nibblers
Working quickly so that you don't heat up the dough with your hands, break off about 2 teaspoons of dough and form it into the bottom and sides of a mini muffin pan. It doesn't need to cover the sides completely.
Add a spoonful of pie filling. Continue filling the mini muffin pan with the rest of the dough and filling.
Bake at 350ºF for approximately 25 minutes or until the crust is golden. Cool slightly. They should remove from the pan very easily -- you may need to use a spoon to help lift them out of the pan.
These are best served warm. Mmmmm imagine a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream served alongside!