After our family trip to the apple orchard last week, I was anxious to make something “fallish” with our apples. I had seen several versions of individual apple pies baked inside apples on Pinterest over the years. Some sounded more complicated than others, so I was always nervous to try them. However, with a fridge full of apples, I thought it was worth a try. And they actually turned out great!
I decided to simplify things as much as possible – especially since I was not very confident the apple pie apples would turn out. First, scoop out the insides of the apples with a melon baller. Throw about the core, but save the rest of the apple pieces and use them to make your favorite apple pie filling.
Scoop the apple pie filling back into the apple shells. Cut pie dough into quarter or half inch strips. (Just use your favorite pie dough – homemade or store bought!) Put the strips criss-cross on top of the apples.
Brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Put the apples in a glass baking dish and cover the bottom of the dish with water. Cover and bake at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes. Then uncover them and bake about 20 minutes longer until the crust starts to brown.
Much to my surprise and delight my apple pie apples worked! And they were actually really easy in the end. We added caramel sauce to the tops to make them even better.
A yummy and surprisingly easy fall treat!