Summer is almost here. Depending on where you live, school is either already finished or nearly so. That means it’s time for summer vacations, and in my world that means lots and lots of snacks and foods in miniature sizes – perfect for taking to the park, to the beach, on a road trip, on an airplane, or just about anywhere.
I used to love having sandwiches cut up into quarters instead of just cut in half. Somehow that made them fancy and taste better. Little boxes of raisins, small packages of cheese and crackers, baggies of washed grapes, little bottles of soda (or pop, if you’re from Michigan), and individual bags of chips were some of the foods I remember on road trips. Mom was smart and did not let us have a bunch of sugary sweets when we would be stuck in the back seat of a car for hours, but sometimes we’d get Twinkies or cupcakes or Swiss rolls.
Now nothing can beat a good all-American apple pie, but they’re not very easy to eat when you’re on a road trip. Thankfully I saw this pin by Laurie from Cookin’ Up North who came up with a great solution. So let’s see if this is worthy of vacation food.
The ingredients are super simple; cinnamon, sugar, pie crust, butter and apples.
Mix the cinnamon sugar and slice the apples. Laurie wasn’t sure if the skins should be left on or peeled and chose the leave the skins on – this time. I decided to do both; one apple each way.
Brush the pie crust with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Cut the crust into wedges. I used a pizza cutter for this step and it works like a charm!
Roll up the apple slices in the pie crust wedges.
Brush the outsides with butter and cinnamon sugar, then bake.
Let them cool at least a little before trying to eat these.
My oldest daughter and husband were there to give their opinion for the two varieties of the mini apple pies (with and without the peel). All three of us liked the peeled apple slices better than the skin-on apples. We found that the peel had a tendency to get stuck in our teeth, much like when you eat corn on the cob. The simple ingredients really showed off their flavors for both versions. I think I’d call these “Easy Peasy Apple Pies” because these cute little pies need a cute little name. Now, for the Pintesting results.
Overall Rating: 5 Pins
Accuracy: These little pies give a quick and easy way to enjoy the deliciousness of apple pies in a way that’s mobile friendly. BONUS – the built in portion control (IF you can eat just one). The crust was crispy and flaky, and the “filling” was perfect. 5 Pins
Difficulty: This was extremely simple. It would be a great recipe for kids to do with minimal adult supervision. 5 Pins
Time: The prep time was about 10 minutes, and the bake time was about 15 minutes for a total of 25 minutes. That’s really quick for home made apple pie. 5 Pins
Cost: The most expensive ingredient was the store-bought pie crust, which I bought on sale at 2 for $5. You could easily make your own pie crust, which would increase the time, but if you have a favorite recipe go ahead and us it. The remaining ingredients were already in my kitchen, and you’re likely to find in most other kitchens, too. 5 Pins
Practicality: These little pies would be perfect for lunches, after-school snacks, a picnic, road trip or even as flight food. They’re also perfect for a quick dessert. I think served warm with vanilla icecream would be fantastic! 5 Pins