Monday, April 30, 2012

Makin' it Monday: Apple Pie Cookies

I saw this recipe on the good old internet a few months back and was dieing to make it. But then, I was poor and living off of bread and cheese and so, forgot about it. But then, I remembered! My taste-buds are so very happy I did. If you guys swing over to Smitten Kitchen you'll find the original recipe in all its glory!

1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
1 T granulated sugar 
1/2 tsp fine salt
1 stick unsalted butter, very cold
1/2 c ice water

2 tart medium apples
Squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
1/4 c granulated sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 pinch of cloves
1 pinch Speculaas*

To finish
1 large egg
Coarse or granulated sugar for garnish

*Speculaas is a dutch spice usually used for cookies, I'm pretty sure this was brought over by family and am not quite sure as to where one would locate it in the states. There's no dutch stores that I can find in WNY! Boo. Moving on!

I used gluten free flour, which mayhap wasn't the best idea, but I knew my mom would be wanting some of these, so I wanted to make sure she could have some!

This is how I cut my butter! Into super tiny pieces! 

Here's the crust ingredients (minus the ice water) all combined! You can also catch a peek of my Freudian Slippers! I'm so very much in love with them!

Here is what my dough looks like! As a note on pie dough; when I'm usually making pie dough my recipe calls for 7.5 lbs of flour, if that can give you an idea to the sheer volume of pie shells I produce in one go. Everything gets thrown into a huge mixer and then it gets a. thrown in the cooler or b. frozen. Occasionally c. I make about 30 pie shells that I then stick in the freezer and put the rest of the pie dough in the cooler. It's a strange feeling to make such a little amount of pies dough!

I sliced my apples different than in the recipe, mostly because I'm a goof.

And so I began rolling them out!

These were some of the steps, the first one is filled and covered, the second is filled and the last one is wanting of fillings and coverings!

All ready to go into the oven!

With... not as visually pleasing as I had hoped results. With despair I sulked about this and almost refused to post about it. There's always a right way, and a wrong way to try something new for the first time. I'm pretty sure I tried this new thing the wrong way first. 

Lemme 'splain. 

Our household is unique, most of all when it comes to food. We're vegetarians, that eat fish. But we don't drink milk. We usually get our food from a CSA and we pretty much only and mostly eat vegetables and fruit and eggs. We also strive to be gluten free, which is where my downfall was. Gluten free flour has a way of not doing really what you had intended it too. I really didn't give it any thought as I delved into this, and was rather disappointed with the results- until I tried them.

Gosh golly miss Molly! Were they ever delicious! My mom tried them as well, and loved them too! This is something I really should have figured on, because with most food, it may have some bumps or bruises, but in the end it's still pretty delicious. 

So that is what I leave you with, because I'm going to go finish off those delicious mini pies before somebody else does!

Love and Strawberry Kisses xo

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