8. November 2013

Homemade mini apple pie with an almond crust

Is there anything better than the smell of cake, apples and cinnamon? Heavenly! Sometimes I need a dose of that smell and then I bake an apple pie (with cinnamon, duh!) There are many types of apple pies but this is one of my favorites. Also because it's really small, which means that I can make one for me and the boyfriend without having to invite all of my friends over because we would otherwise eat that pie for the whole week. Sometimes you just want to have cake and quiet, just the two of us. No problem, because this pie is only 18cm in diameter!

Mini apple pie with an almond crust

(for a round 18cm springform cake pan)

For the dough
60g flour
60g ground hazelnuts
60g sugar
50g butter
1 egg yolk

For the filling
500g apples
1 teapoon lemon juice
30g sugar
1 pinch cinnamon (if you like cinnamon, like me, take 1 teaspoon)
30g butter
90ml cream
1 teaspoon honey
50g sliced almonds

1- Knead together all ingredients for the dough. Lightly grease the cake pan. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and fit into the cake pan. Cover with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for at least an hour.

2- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cut the apples to quarters and then slices. Mix immediately with the lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon. Get the cake pan out of the fridge and fill it with the apple slices. Press it down a bit and bake for 30 minutes.

3- Mix butter, cream and honey and bring to a boil. Add the sliced almonds. Spread the mixture onto the apple pie and bake again for 15 minutes until the almond crust is gold brown.

4- Take the cake out of the oven and remove the sides of the cake pan. Let cool (but not too much because warm apple cake is awesome!) and serve with whipped cream.


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