Monday, February 18, 2013

Sweetie Pies

Another Dish & Serve post I am so excited about! My good friend, Casandra, made these delicious-looking pies. So many of us bake/ cook things and take them to someone in need, someone we love, or someone we randomly thought about. I love the whole idea of Dish & Serve, it can be as easy or complex as we have time for. Serving others can be fun and delicious!

Casandra's words:

 I took them to my family because they have done so much for Michael and I and also to my visiting teachers. I am just trying to get to know them so I thought a treat would be a good way to go over there and start to build a relationship with them. I took one to Sam because she loves Apple Pie and is pretty busy this semester so I just thought I would let her know that someone is thinking about her and that someone loves her. 

By way of explanation, Michael is Casandra's husband and they have been married for about 4 months. Visiting teachers are friends from church, and Sam is another good friend of mine and Casandra's. What a girl! She took them to 3 different groups of people. That is a convenient thing about baked goodies, they can be divvied up and taken to many different people.

Now for this recipe and a great picture, I want to try these!

Sweetie Pies
Recipe is slightly adapted from the one found at

Pie Crust
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup and 2 TBS Crisco shortening
4-6 TBS ice-cold water (or more if needed)
1 tsp salt

Apple Pie Filling (combine all ingredients below):
2 medium tart green apple, peeled and grated
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tablespoon packed brown sugar
2 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon cold butter, grated

Glaze (Whisk all ingredients until smooth):
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1-3 tsp milk (Add milk until desired consistency is reached)
2 drops of food coloring

Mix flour and salt together in a mixing bowl. Cut in shortening using a pastry blender until the pieces are pea sized. Sprinkle 2 TBS of water over part of the mixture and gently toss with a fork. Push to side of bowl and repeat until all is moistened. Form into two bowls and put in fridge to cool. While dough chills make the apple pie filling.

After it’s made take the dough out of fridge and flatten dough with hands on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough out until about 1/8 inch thick. Preheat over to 375 and line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Cut the dough with a heart shaped cookie cutter. Place filling in the middle, keeping it at least ¼ inch away from the edges. Wet your finger with water and wet the edge of the pie dough shape. Wet the edges of the 2nd pie dough shape (one without filling) and place on top of the other.  Press them together gently with your fingers to seal the pieces together.  Use a fork to crimp edges, being careful to seal edges around the stick.  Poke a fork into top of pie one time so steam can vent. Brush with butter and sprinkle with sugar or leave plain and put a glaze on it afterwards.

Bake pies for 15-20 minutes until barely golden. If you use a glaze, spoon over pies while they are still warm. Cool completely and package how desired.
The pie cutter I used was about 4" and made 7 pies.

Hope you all had a fantastic Valentine's Day and weekend!


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