Once fall hits, I can’t get apple pie off the brain. Although Los Angeles is stuck in perpetual summer, a huge part of me wishes this city would get a huge dose of holiday cheer. That means snow, scarves, roaring fires and yes, apple pie. Since none of the above will happen in the next decade, I turn to my oven. There are a million recipes out there for apple pie, but this chai-spiced one from Martha Stewart called my name. I toasted the spices myself and grounded them into a fine powder, which does make a huge difference. Nonetheless, I understand not everybody is as crazy as me so pre-ground works fine as well.
Mini Chai-Spiced Apple Pies are great for the holidays. Nobody will get in a fight over the last piece due to the fact; everybody can have their own. If your family is crazy large, this probably isn’t the best route to take. Don’t fret though; you can bake one apple pie by doubling the ingredients. Easy peasy. As this pie was baking, fall entered my kitchen and stayed throughout dessert. It was a welcome change.
- 1 box of refrigerated pie crust
- 5 apples (I did Jazz apples and Granny Smith)
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground fennel seeds
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- A pinch of ground cloves
- A pinch of ground cardamom
- 1 large egg white
- 2 tablespoons sanding sugar (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Core and cut apples into small chunks. Place into a large pan over medium heat and cook apples until very little liquid remains.
- Lower heat to low, add brown sugar and spices. Mix for another minute. Turn off heat and set pan aside.
- Roll out pie dough onto an even surface. Flip mini pie plates on top of dough and with a knife, trace a line around pie plates.
- Place dough inside mini pie plates. Spoon filling inside and gently fold the border over apples, pleating it to make a circle.
- Brush apple pies with egg white and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees; continue baking for another 15 minutes, or until juices are bubbling.