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Get your fix with Caramel Apple Pot Pie!

Hungry for an easy one - or two - serving apple pie?

Do you ever get the craving for homemade apple? Sometimes I do, but don’t want to spend all afternoon making one. Of course, the big apple pie is always worth the time and effort, especially to share with friends. But sometimes a single serving pie would be great. No need to eat pie all week, when you just want a taste. This one could actually be a two serving, depending on how large the little ramekin is that you use.

I got this idea after I made my Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Pie for 8 people, and the next day I made a mug of cake for one serving. I was working on the mug cake and the idea came to me. Why not combine the ideas and make a one serving mug o’ pie? Like a chicken pot pie, why couldn’t I make an apple pie in one serving and less work than making a full pie. I’m sure I’m not the first to come up with this idea, but I had never seen it. Sorry, if I missed that idea somewhere while perusing through all the baking magazines and books I read, and the tv cooking shows I watch. Whoever thought of it first, great idea!

It’s easy! I almost always have a store bought pie crust in the freezer or fridge. So, I thought, why couldn’t I take a portion of one crust and fit into a ramekin baker and make a double crust single serving pie in that? Add the raw rough chopped apple and spices – it only takes one large apple. Or, why not put some half cooked apples and spices a buttered ramekin, and bake it with a crust on top? So that’s what I did.

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.

Prepare the ramekin:

Butter the ramekin on the bottom and sides. (If you don’t have a ramekin, use a small metal, oven safe glass or ceramic container.

Prepare one small pie crust:

In this case I just trim a portion of room temperature readymade pie crust to overlap the baking container, instead of spending the time to make a homemade crust. You'll eventually crimp it all around the container once the filling is settled in. Of course, a homemade crust would taste better, but when it’s just for one serving, a readymade crust works for me.

One serving apple pie ingredients:


1 Apple, rough chopped

2 t Sugar

2 t Flour

Pinch of Cinnamon, ground

Pinch of Apple pie spice

Small Pinch of salt

20 Pecans, broken in pieces

1 pat of Butter

Pinch of Sugar for topping the crust

Caramel for topping

Bake the mini pie:

- Mix the apples and spices together with the sugar and flour.

- Fill the microwave safe buttered ramekin to the brim, and even a little above the top edge, with your apple mixture. The apples will sink a little as they bake. - - Break the pat of butter in four pieces and top the apple mixture.

- Sprinkle the pecans on top.

- Lay the crust on top of the ramekin – no need to make any fancy edging, but you can if you like. Or, cut the pie crust in a square and let it overlap the edges for a rustic look.

- Be sure to slice two or three small slits in the crust so the steam from the cooking apples can escape.

- Sprinkle a pinch of sugar on top of the crust.

- Bake this cute little pie for about 20 minutes at 350F degrees and then 10-15 minutes at 375, until the crust is golden brown. It smells wonderful - just a regular sized apple pie.

- Take out of the oven and cool for about 15 minutes before eating.

- Drizzle caramel topping while it's still warm.

Fun serving ideas:

- Savor it as is, spoon by spoon, straight out of the ramekin.

- Eat it in one sitting make it last a couple of days if you eat just a spoonful when you get a crazy craving - or not.

- Drizzle the top of your mini pie with a little caramel ice cream topping.

- Slide a slice of cheddar cheese under the crust and microwave it for a few seconds, like Gramps liked to eat his pie on the farm.

- Heck! Why not top it with some ice cream, too.

- If you like frosting on your pie, top the crust with a little white frosting – just mix ¼ C powdered sugar with a little water. Stir it completely and drizzle it on top of the crust.

This is a mini pot pie that the kids could help with, too. Teach them how to cut an apple, how to roll our a crust, now to crimp a crust, how to mix sugar and spices with the apples.

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