Happy Pi Day!
For all you non-math and science nerds out there, Pi is the mathematical symbol representing a constant (3.14159). Pi Day is celebrated March 14th (3/14) and what better way to celebrate Pi Day than with actual pie!
My granny makes the best apple pie. Several years ago, she showed me how to make her apple pie. This was my best attempt at creating a recipe for this since my granny just does it all by eye and most of the spices are just to your liking. I wanted to try out my mini pie pans I got recently, so I decided to make three mini apple pies.
You can use Apple Pie Spice, or the combination of clove spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
I cut up three apples to make the three mini pies. There was just a little extra apples chopped up leftover that didn’t go into the mini pies.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Add the sugar to the chopped apples and mix well.
Add the apple pie spice or the combination of the cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon to the apples and mix well.
You can add more spices to taste.
Since I used mini pie pans, I cut out the size of the pie pans as well as the tops for the pie.
Spray a little cooking spray in the pie pan and place the pie crust in the pan.
Add a heaping amount of the the apple mixture to the pie crust. The apples will cook down, so make sure to put a heaping amount in the pie.
Add a couple pats of butter on top of the apple pie mixture.
Cover the pie with the top of the pie crust, pinching the edges together to seal the pie crusts together.
In celebration of Pi Day, I made a Pi symbol out of the leftover dough to put on top of the pie. I brushed melted butter over the pie crust, placed the Pi symbol on top and brushed it with the butter. Using a knife, make a few small slits in the pie to ventilate.
Bake for 20-30 minutes, until browned.
Voila! Add a little ice cream or cool whip on top and enjoy! Printable down below.
The perfect mini apple pies.
- 3 apples
- Rolled pie crusts
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp cloves spice*
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg*
- 1 tbsp cinnamon*, to taste
- *can use 1 1/2 tbsp apple pie spice instead, to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Peel the apples and chop into small pieces. Add the chopped apples to a bowl. Add about 1 cup of sugar to the apples and mix well. Add the spices, to taste, to the apple mixture and mix well. Set aside.
Roll out the pie crust dough and cut out the size of crust to fit your pie pan. Place the dough in the pie pan. For regular sized pies just place the rolled out pie crust dough in the pie pan and trim the edges as needed.
Add the apple pie mixture in heaping amounts to each pie. The apples will cook down, so you want to make sure to add a lot. Cut a few pats of butter to place in each pie. Cover the pie with the dough top and pinch the edges together to seal the pie.
Bake for 20-30 minutes, until browned. Serve warm with ice cream or cool whip.