Thursday, February 7, 2013

Mini Apple Pie Cups

I love apple pie but either I can't find a crust that is dairy-free or call me lazy I really don't feel like making pie crust.  I've done it in the past and probably will again in the future but I just can't get excited about making pie crust.  So I guess you can say that I found a way to cheat but I prefer to call it portion control.

I was extremely happy to find out that Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry is vegan so that means dairy-free!!!  I was trying to come up with a good dessert that everyone would like.  Well I'll admit I did make 2 desserts but after making peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, superbowl chili, apple pie cups, and silk chocolate cream pie, I didn't feel like eating it.  So I let the chocolate pie set in the fridge until Tuesday night which will be another post.  I promise and a yummy one!!

This recipe is very easy to make and if you can't find the puff pastry cups you can still make the apples and enjoy them with a little vanilla soy ice cream or your ice cream of choice.  I don't know about you but baked apples are the best!!

Yummy and easy dessert!!

2 boxes (6 shells per box) Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Shells
5 Gala apples, peeled, cored and cut up
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
Ice cream of choice

1.  Preheat oven to 400* and arrange shells on a cookie sheet with a silicone mat (keeps everything from sticking).
Silicone $9.99 at Target saves me a fortune on cooking spray and parchment paper
2.  In a mixing bowl combine apples with light brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and coat well.
apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg
3.  Put apple mix into a casserole dish and cover with foil.

4.  Bake both the shells and the apples in the same oven.  The shells bake for 20 minutes or until golden and puffy.  The apples will take 25-30 minutes or until soft but not mushy.

Nice and puffy an golden!

Soft and oh so yummy!  Makes the house smell sooooo good!!
5.  Let shells cool for about 5 minutes and then using a fork remove the tops of the shells and put aside for later use.

6.  Put a shell in a dish, add some of the baked apples, put top of shell on and serve with ice cream.  My favorite is some yummy So Delicious Vanilla ice cream.  I also like to take some of the juice from the casserole dish and drizzle it over the whole thing.  

Empty shell

Add apples and drizzle with some of the juice

Add shell top, ice cream and drizzle with some more of the apple juice

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