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Old 11-08-2012, 05:52 PM
 
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It's fine to make a whole pie when there will be enough people around to eat it. What do you do when a whole pie is just too much? I found the solution, on a cooking show, that solved the problem. It's raining outside and the temps are chilly. A perfect time for a warm apple dumpling ...

Started with two apples and cored them. Don't cut all the way through the bottom but clean away the area where the bud begins. Create a well to hold the yummy filling ...



Fill the cavity with brown sugar and raisins (or you could add nuts or whatever you fancy)
I used the raisin/brown sugar mixture for these




Place a bit of butter on top of each apple ...



Now for the fun. Using your own pie crust recipe or a prepackaged one from the store, roll the dough a little thinner than you would for a pie. Cut a circle (or in my case an eyeball shape ) that's large enough to wrap completely around the apple.




Before baking.




When the dough is wrapped around the apple, brush it with an egg wash and roll in sugar.




Place wrapped apples on baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. They'll turn a golden brown and sometimes they go flat or misshapen. Fortunately, mine didn't do it this time but here it is, the baked apple dumpling.




This is what the inside will look like after baking. It looks naked, though. Needs ice cream or whipped cream over the top of it. I'll take care of that later. And since I made two, I still have one for the weekend.



Enjoy
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:30 PM
 
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OOOH! that looks good and I know my husbad would like it because it has raisins.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:59 PM
 
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Thank you. I like raisins, too. And, it's a great alternative for one or two people.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:20 PM
 
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That's pretty creative!

When a whole pie is too much, I either make individual turnovers or mini pies using my muffin pan.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:19 PM
 
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That's pretty creative!

When a whole pie is too much, I either make individual turnovers or mini pies using my muffin pan.
That's another great idea, p&s. I'm going to remember your idea about mini pies in the muffin pans. Sometimes I'd like a little blueberry, blackberry or cherry pie and a small one, using the tins would be perfect! Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:11 PM
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Love that idea, gonna try them one of these days. Look sooooo good.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:53 AM
 
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That's another great idea, p&s. I'm going to remember your idea about mini pies in the muffin pans. Sometimes I'd like a little blueberry, blackberry or cherry pie and a small one, using the tins would be perfect! Thanks for the suggestion.
Anytime! I love taking big, traditional recipes that are meant to feed families and whittle them down, somehow, to one or two servings. Muffin tins are a great way of doing that. I've used them for mini cheesecakes, pot pies, meatloaf, etc., It just takes careful attention to the cooking times because smaller portions, and, sometimes, temperatures.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:30 AM
 
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Anytime! I love taking big, traditional recipes that are meant to feed families and whittle them down, somehow, to one or two servings. Muffin tins are a great way of doing that. I've used them for mini cheesecakes, pot pies, meatloaf, etc., It just takes careful attention to the cooking times because smaller portions, and, sometimes, temperatures.

More great ideas! With the cold temperatures outside, I'll be doing a lot more inside cooking. I think the pot pies and meatloaf ideas are really great. Make a few extra and pop them into the freezer for a later day.
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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More great ideas! With the cold temperatures outside, I'll be doing a lot more inside cooking. I think the pot pies and meatloaf ideas are really great. Make a few extra and pop them into the freezer for a later day.
I make mini cheesecakes this way, too. Making them in mini-muffin pans means that you can make several desserts and people can have a taste of all of them! Call me obsessive, but I love making mini meals and servings. I got into it when I started cooking for the folks at work.

I think I'm going to start a thread on mini meals to see what other people do.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:19 PM
 
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A mini meals thread. Sounds pretty good

I just saw a show on the Live Well Network, I think it's called Best Recipes Ever, or something like that. Anyway, the host made a dessert that looked really good. Made with pears with a cheese cake filling.

She sliced the pears in half and cleaned out the center, leaving a well in the middle. On the stove, she made a cheesecake filling and pour a little into each well of the pear. She baked them in the oven until the filing set. Then served them on a plate with raspberries. Not only was it a pretty dessert, it looked delicious. I'm going to try that one very soon.
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