This weekend the weather was cool and crisp and it put me in the mood for pie.
Apple pie to be exact.
I decided I would change it up a little and make individual pies with a sugar cookie crust.
I made my cookie cups first and then topped them with cooked apples.
For the apples
5 apples cored and chopped (I leave the skins on for texture)
2 Tbsp Earth Balance
1/4 C brown sugar
dash of cinnamon
Melt the Earth Balance and then add your apples, brown sugar, and a dash of cinnamon (how much you like cinnamon will determine how much of a "dash" you put in).
The apples should cook for several minutes over medium heat until tender (but not mushy).
Sugar Cookie Cups
1/2 C Earth Balance (which is 1 stick)
1/3 C crisco
3/4 C sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 small very ripe banana
1 tsp vanilla
2 C all purpose unbleached flour
Cream your Earth Balance and shortening together then add the remaining ingredients. Mix until everything is smooth and incorporated.
The banana takes the place of an egg, but doesn't add any banana flavor to the recipe.
Chill your dough for at least 30 minutes. Chilling the dough makes it easier to work with and less sticky.
To make the cups I used a muffin pan.
Take a spoonful of your chilled dough and put in the bottom of your pan. Flatten it out so that the dough is even.
Next take a small portion of dough and roll it into a thin rope. Press the rope around the sides of the muffin pan.
You will repeat this process for each cup, I was able to make 12 cups with the recipe above.
Cook at 375 degrees for 8-11 minutes.
Allow your cups to cool for 5 minutes before removing them from the muffin tin.
You can either allow them to cool completely on a rack or top them with apples and serve immediately.
Now here in the South dessert just isn't complete unless it is a la mode....so, I topped the pies with this:
I haven't tried dairy free ice cream because I really just don't eat that much ice cream. However SO Delicious was a nice smooth ice cream which was kid approved.
This added a nice cool cream to the pie.
This second picture is what happens if you bring your 2 year old out with you to take the picture and she grabs the fork for her "taste." Caroline ended up consuming the whole pie.
Did you know that the first apple pie recipe was written in 1381 by Geoffrey Chaucer? I thought that was a fun little food fact.