How do you like eating the beloved apple pie as finger food? Or if you like to touch and taste food in your hand, the way kids enjoy their food, this recipe embraces that. For sure, you’d make these tiny pies and present them as a small dish or a dessert sampler. These delicate and dainty pielettes win out hands-down with their miniature and tactile quality. Visit Tuesdays with Dorie (TWD) to see how this recipe is received by other bakers.
Another feature I like about this recipe is the ease and pleasure in working with this specific dough, a galette dough. (Dorie said it has become her go-to pie dough for this purpose.)
Mix 204 grams (1 1/2 cup) of all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, sprinkle of salt, a stick (113 grams) of cold butter and 60 ml (1/4 cup) of ice water until they come together in a food processor.
It feels like receiving another gift from Dorie Greenspan. The dough does not tear as it is rolled out. Tender and crispy to the bite.
No special pan is needed other than a generic muffin tin. With juices bubbling over and caramelized sugar dripping to the sides, the pielettes managed to pop out of the pan with no resistance. I used a silicone pan and every pielette came out perfectly. Those are the little things that delight the baker and sooth the nerves.
It may take extra time to shape the dough in those tiny spaces inside the muffin mold. In the end, you are rewarded with some delicious and charming little apple pies. I’d make them again when time allows.
Postscript — The next morning, I saw these leftover scraps of galette dough and apple fillings hanging out in the fridge, looking a little lost. They were taking up too much valuable real estate in the fridge. I took them out and, mindlessly, put them in a ring mold. Fired up the oven. This was what I got: a freeform apple tart. Without consciously finding or making the time to bake it, I had the best time letting it all happen serendipitously. I like the freeform a lot with greater proportion of fillings to crust. And it’s effortless, almost!
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