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These mini dutch apple pies are a fantastic way to enjoy Pi day.  Arrange them in the shape of the Pi symbol and celebrate the most amazing mathematical constant ever discovered!  The crust on these mini pies is firm and sweet, making for perfect crusts that don't collapse or get too soft to manage with your hands, even after being sealed in an air-tight container.  The filling is the perfect blend of sweetness and tartness.
 
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Step 1: Supplies

1 cup + 2 Tbsp flour
1/2 cup +  1/3 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
6 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup quick cook oatmeal
pinch of salt
2 medium Granny Smith apples
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 teas cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1/4 teas cardamom (optional)
spray oil
mini muffin tin(s) totaling 24 muffin sections
mini tart shaper (optional:  it's a wooden tool used to press crust shapes in mini muffin tins--mine came from Pampered Chef)

Step 2: Crust

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray your muffin tin(s) with spray oil.

In a medium bowl, combine:
  • I cup flour
  • 1/2 brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • pinch of salt
Pour melted butter over this mixture and combine until the dough is uniformly moist (it will be crumbly).  Use your hands to work the butter into the flour mixture.

Set aside 1/3 cup of this mixture.

Place approximately 1 Tbsp dough into as many mini muffin tins as you can.  It should fill 18-20 muffin tins.

TIP: if you find you have enough crust to fill each muffin tin, consider leaving one tin empty.  This makes it easier to get your muffin tin out of the oven.

Press your tart maker into each dough-filled section to form a mini crust.  If you don't have a tart maker, use your thumbs.  The crust should be a uniform thickness and come up to the top edge of the tin.
l like the idea, and the crust! Look really tasty.
scoochmaroo3 years ago
So very cute.
starshipminivan (author)  scoochmaroo3 years ago
Thank you! I am a math fanatic so I have to devise new ideas to wow the crowd every year.