Monday, March 22, 2010

Mini Caramel Apple Pies -- Sweet Melissa Sundays

It's Monday, a day late for Sweet Melissa Sundays, but late is better than never, right? I actually made these sweet little pies on Sunday but didn't get to posting about them until now. Caramel Apple Pie from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book was our pick this week for SMS, chosen by Susan of
Baking with Susan. Susan has a wonderful blog and I love to see her gorgeous photos whenever I visit :) You can visit Susan's site for the recipe and some great step by step photos if you don't have the book.

I decided to make these pies in my little electric pie maker, the kids love them and it's one of those small kitchen appliances I don't use nearly as much as I should. I followed the recipe exactly except for using Fuji apples instead of the Granny Smith suggested. In the book there are two choices for pie crusts, one is Melissa's Flaky Pie Dough and the other is an all butter pie dough. My usual recipe is an all butter pie crust and we love it, but for the sake of trying something new I went with the Flaky Pie Dough that has butter and shortening. It did not go over well with my picky husband, he really didn't like it :( It was okay for me, I prefer my usual recipe though. The kids did like the crust though, they actually really liked the pie and the crust.

The caramel came together nicely, although it was quite light colored after adding the cream it was still delicious. All together the pie didn't go over well for picky husband, he has a certain basic apple pie that I make that he just loves and every time I try a different one he is not a happy camper. I think I was missing the spices a little bit, but the kids really loved this pie, so not an all around new favorite, but definitely a tasty pie that was fun to make.

ETA for Natashya and Carmen -- here are a couple of shots of the mini electric Sunbeam pie maker...

one of my favorite specialty kitchen electrics :)

15 comments:

Cristine said...

Your mini pie looks delicious!

Future Grown-Up said...

Oh please don't tell me about kitchen toys like that...now I want to get an electric pie maker. :)

Seriously, your pies look wonderful. I missed the spices too although the caramel made up for it a bit.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

So cute! I want to see a picture of the little electric pie maker! :)

Leslie said...

I love mini pies! Yours is so cut and it sure looks delicious. I think this one suffered by comparison with a lot of people's favorite apple pies.

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Andrea,

Your mini pies look very delectable! Thanks for your kind comments. I enjoy food in mini size...I guess it reminds me of appetizers or tapas, which I love.

Your little ones must have enjoyed the mini pies!

Oh, yes...how about showing us the little electric pie maker?

Carmen

Hanaâ said...

Your mini pies look really cute. I'm glad the kids liked it. As soon as I saw them, I thought to myself: "Wow, how did she do that? Looks like they came out of a machine of some sort!". Sure enough they did. How cool is that!! I never heard of pie maker before! :o)

Nina said...

The mini pies are just adorable! They look delicious!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Thanks for posting the pie maker! I will put it on my want list!

Julie said...

The mini pie looks wonderful! I added cinnamon to mine!

margot said...

Oh my goodness, that mini-pie maker is awesome and the pies are adorable!

We felt the same way about this pie, but it won't become a go-to recipe when we want apple pie. I definitely recommend Melissa's all-butter crust next time the group bakes a pie, it turned out great.

Tracey said...

Wow, I'd never heard of an electric pie maker before - fun!! The pies are super cute. I was missing the spices in this one too, but overall thought it was pretty good. The crust is a new favorite - so flaky and delicious!

Mara... said...

Your little pie maker looks so cute and fun! My kids would love to cook with it. Good job with the caramel, mine was a disaster. But your minis look delicious!!

Debinhawaii said...

Your gadgets never fail to amaze me! I think you should have your own show on QVC showing them off and selling them!

BTW--the pies look wonderful too!

biz319 said...

Okay, now I want a pie maker like that!!! I am not sure my husband could tolerate one more kitchen appliance though!!

loneilteaches said...

I love the electric pie maker, Ive never seen anything like that before! Now I want one of course. Hey, I started a weekly international recipe challenge if you want to join us in between My Kitchen, My World (I put links for this in the comments!)...
http://oneilslab.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/globe-trotting-bake-off-is-traveling-to-sweden/

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