Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Apple Pie in an Apple…a Fun Recipe

Delectable Apple Pie in an Apple

In case you haven’t noticed, fall is here!  Where I live, that means apples, lots of apples! There is nothing quite as tasty as biting into a freshly picked apple.  The crispy crunch, and sweet taste of juice as it sprays into your mouth, heavenly! 

In my house, the next best thing to a fresh apple is apple pie!  When apples are in season, I immediately start to crave apple pie!  A whole pie would be considerably more than we can eat. I thought small cobbler, or baked apples, and then I found this Apple Pie Baked in an Apple…with a crust!  How cool is that! I don’t know the origins of this idea but these baked apples are all over Pinterest.  The recipe is pretty straightforward. To whoever came up with this fun idea…thank you!  

Mouthwatering baked apples with a crust

Apples conjure up memories of my mother. She was the pie baker in our family. I don’t remember a holiday or celebration where she didn’t bake a pie.  In the summer, black raspberries, blueberries and peaches were just some of the fruits that filled her wonderful pies. When my kids were younger, we would visit her in the summers, and pick colanders full of black raspberries. She would then perform her magic, using those gorgeous berries, to make the best pies ever! Her pies were always mouthwatering, but her specialty was apple pie!

That first Thanksgiving, when we realized she was no longer able to bake her apple pie, was a difficult time for the family. Who would bake mom’s apple pie? A task no one wanted to take on! Finally my daughter stepped up, and volunteered to bake the apple pie with one caveat  "no one better compare it to grandma’s”.  She did a wonderful job, and her pie would have made her grandmother proud! Since then, I have even learned how to bake a pretty good apple pie! I don’t think mine will ever be as special as my mom’s, hers were filled with all the love she had for her family!  As I baked my little Apple Pies in an Apple, I thought of how my mom would love this idea!  Enjoy!!

Cut the tops off the apples, remove the core without going through the apple, and scoop out the pulp 
Mix the scooped apple pulp with the cinnamon, sugar, flour
Fill the apple, dot with a bit of butter, and add the lattice crust
Brush the crust with milk and sprinkle with a little sugar and cinnamon (if desired)
A wonderful way to conquer your apple pie cravings 

Apple Pie in an Apple                                                      
Serves 4


4 medium apples
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Lemon juice
• about a tablespoon of butter, cut into chunks (to place on top of the apples before baking)
• Milk for brushing the dough
• sugar for sprinkling
Chilled pie dough, rolled out about 1/8 inch thick

Preheat the oven to 350°

1. Wash the apples and pat dry.  Set on cutting board.
2. Cut and remove the tops off each apple. With a small sharp knife, carve out the core and seeds (without piercing the bottoms of the apples). I used an apple corer to remove the center, without going all the way down.
3. Using a small spoon or melon baller, carefully scoop out the insides of the apple until an apple cup is formed. Save the pulp in a small bowl for the filling. Spritz or rub a small amount of lemon juice on the insides of each apple to prevent them from browning.                                                                        
4. Peel and dice the lids and mix the peeled and diced lid bits into the pulp bowl.                              
5. Mix the sugar, flour and cinnamon into the apple pulp until well blended.                                      
6. Spoon the filling back into each apple. Fill the hollowed out apple, and then top with 1 or 2 butter chunks.                                                                                                                                                  
7. Using a pastry cutter or knife, cut strips of pie dough, and lay them onto each apple, lattice style. Brush the crust with milk and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.                                                    
8. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes or until slightly tender and crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Serve warm! Enjoy! I like mine with a scoop of ice cream!


  1. Kathy what fun and lovely recipe:)
    I love apples!
    Nice recipe!

  2. This is a grand idea, so fun and unique!

  3. This is a fantastic idea and I bet they taste heavenly!

  4. Such a fun way to enjoy apples and apple pie! A perfect presentation for a friendly gathering or family meal!

  5. I love this idea. My kids would enjoy making and eating this apple pie. Thanks for sharing:)

  6. Dear Kathy, I love this idea. It is adorable and would be fun to serve at the holiday. Blessings dear. Catherine

  7. What an AWESOME idea Kathy, this is so cool :D
    Delicious dessert!

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. This idea is very clever and for sure healthier than the traditional pie.. I'm sure your mom is proud of you now for this adaptation. I've never seen this before !!!!
    BTW: Thanks dear for being there during the hard time I've been through.

  9. Wow, Kathy, you are really thinking 'outside the box'...as they say! So creative, clever, and beautiful presentation. You can really get the taste of the juicy apple here! Love it! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs,

  10. What a great idea! It's funny but your baked apples reminded me of my mum!
    Looks delicious :)

  11. What a fun idea! Although, being the piggy that I am, I would love to have leftover pie!

  12. SO cute, Kathy! And healthier without the crust!

  13. I love the idea of a "pie" that's smaller than a pie. Blogging can be hazardous with full sized recipes!