An Apple a Day

When I come back to Dalton to visit the Cowan Family, there is always a request to bake. My mom makes these really great chocolate chip cookies that she’s known for but it takes a certain Susan Johnson magic that I don’t have to make them authentic. We do try, but without her, we fail. After our day trip to Ellijay and Dawsonville last Friday, Max and Sadie and I brought home a peck of granny smith apples to bake with from Hillcrest Orchards. It wasn’t u-pick-em’ day, but after the wagon ride we spent a good 45 minutes in their really great petting zoo with lots of goats, a baby cow, tons of chicks and three kitties!

We brought home an apple for the each of us to try ranging from Ambrosia to Pink Ladies but the best kind for baking are the tart Granny Smiths. Sadie and I had to speed to get these in the oven as she couldn’t eat anything after sundown for Yom Kippur so we opted for mini apple pies so that they would bake faster so we wouldn’t break the rules.

Mini Foldover Apple Pies

Makes 8 mini pies

  • 1 package pre-made pie crust
  • 4 medium Granny Smith apples
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbs cornstarch
  • 2 tbs cinnamon
  • 1 egg- beaten

1. Preheat the oven to 350*. Peel all of the apples and slice them into eighths and then slice them into thin triangles. I used an apple slicer like the one your mom used to use for your school lunches 🙂

2. Toss the apple slices in a medium mixing bowl with the the cinnamon, sugar and cornstarch and let sit to create its own sugary liquid coating.

3. Roll out the dough a bit and then cut out a 5″ diameter circle of dough. Spoon a pile of apples into one side of the circle, leaving a good 1/2 inch border around the whole thing.

4. Fold the dough over the pile of apple filling like a pocket. Using a fork or your fingers, press the dough closed. Poke the top of the pie two or three times.

5. Brush the top of the pies with the beaten egg. Place two or three of the pies on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. (Place the others on other baking sheets or wait until these are done)

6. Quick, easy and delicious! Enjoy!

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Categories: Food

Author:Rachel Johnson

Writer/Photographer/Food Person Stupid Good: When food is so simple and delicious, it's just stupid. www.stupidgoodrachel.com

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