it’s halloween weekend, aka college for crazy - and aka wellesley for leaving campus to join in on boston’s festivities. but … it’s october 29th … and it’s snowing! which makes me so happy because it’s beautiful while i’m safe inside my room. but sad because i was baking all day to bring these treats to my friends at tufts, and then the buses got canceled :(
so i’m sorry i can’t share these with you in real life, but here’s to all you great tufts kids anyways! i love y’all and hanging out twice a year at retreat is not enough. i promise i’ll invite myself over again soon -
perfectly adorable bite-size apple pies:
there are three simple sections of this recipe - the amazingly flaky crust, the sweet & spicy apple filling, and the cute assembly :) let’s start with the dough.
so i’ve been over this in my last post, but pie crust requires practice and a lot of patience. we start with 1/2 cup of butter, cut into small cubes. make sure that this butter is very cold, kept chilled until the very last moment possible. the butter then goes into 1 1/4 cup of flour, and use a fork to incorporate the butter into the flour. the end result will be small, pea-sized chunks of butter mixed into the flour with the consistency of oats. add a few tablespoons of sugar and a dash of salt. then pour in slowly 1/4 cup of very very very cold (important!) water, and use your hands to gently kneed the dough into a ball.
roll out the dough flat on a lightly floured surface, and use a cookie cutter to make about 2.5 inch circles. set these aside, maybe even chill them in the fridge if you think you’ll take a long time doing the next step. the important part about pie crust dough is to keep it cold as much as possible!
the next part is easy so i’ll keep it short & sweet. slice up apples thinly into small discs, toss in a bowl with a little melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. just add as much as you want until you feel happy :)
the last part is assembly. this part is fun! so - in a little bowl, make a mixture of a couple tablespoons of water and one egg white. take one of your dough circles that you made earlier, and brush one side of it with that egg water mixture. this will help the other dough circle stick to it! hold that circle in the palm of your hand with the wet side up, and put a few pieces of apple in the center. then put another circle on top of it, and
use your fingers to squish together the edges. to decorate, use a fork to crimp the edges and use a sharp knife to cut slits on the top. tada! adorable :)
bake for 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven, or until puffy and golden brown. your entire dorm/house will smell like butter & cinnamon and it doesn’t get much better than that. even if buses get canceled because it’s snowing in october. it’s all good :) also be ready to experience flaky like never before.
happy first snow! embrace it, boston, because soon it’ll have been snowing for 6 months straight and you’ll be tired of it :)