Desserts, Sweet Snacks

Single (Top) Crust Individual Apple Pies

for the Crust
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/3 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, diced
6 tablespoons (or more) ice water

for the Filling
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all purpose corn starch
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 Pink Lady apples, peeled, cored and diced


Blend flour, sugar and salt in processor. Add butter and shortening and cut in using on/off turns until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 6 tablespoons ice water and process until moist clumps form, adding more water by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry. Gather into ball; divide into 2 pieces. Flatten each into disk. Wrap each in plastic; chill 2 hours.

Position rack in lowest third of oven and preheat to 400F. Mix together sugar, corn starch, lemon juice, grated lemon peel, nutmeg and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add apples and toss to blend.

Add filling to mini-pie dishes. Roll out dough on floured surface to 2 8-inch rounds. Lay rounds over filling. Fold edge under and crimp. Gently press ends into crust edges. Bake pie 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375F. Continue baking until juices bubble thickly and crust is deep golden, covering edges with foil if browning too quickly, about 45 minutes more.

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