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Apple Pie Baked Apples

This adorable dessert offers all the flavors and aroma of a warm apple pie, pre-portioned into single-serve treats. Each apple is filled with homemade pie filling and topped with a swirl of pecan-oat crumble. The combination is so good it will have you licking the spoon. Though other varieties of crisp apples work in a pinch, we prefer Honeycrisp because they hold their shape when baked. As far as the crust goes, we love a traditional lattice, but feel free to get creative with all sorts of designs. We recommend serving the whole thing a la mode.

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This adorable dessert offers all the flavors and aroma of a warm apple pie, pre-portioned into single-serve treats. Each apple is filled with homemade pie filling and topped with a swirl of pecan-oat crumble. The combination is so good it will have you licking the spoon. Though other varieties of crisp apples work in a pinch, we prefer Honeycrisp because they hold their shape when baked. As far as the crust goes, we love a traditional lattice, but feel free to get creative with all sorts of designs. We recommend serving the whole thing a la mode.

Ingredients

  1. Check 1 Grannysmith apple
  2. Check 8 Honeycrisp apples (or other crisp apples)
  3. Check 4 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
  4. Check 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  5. Check ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  6. Check ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. Check ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  8. Check 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  9. Check ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  10. Check ¼ cup chopped pecans
  11. Check 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  12. Check 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  13. Check 1 batch Basic Flaky Piecrust dough or store-bought pie dough, chilled
  14. Check 1 egg
  15. Check turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

Directions

  1. Cut the Grannysmith apple and 1 Honeycrisp apple into a small dice (about 2½ cups) and place in a medium-sized bowl. Add 3 tablespoons brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, stir to combine. Stir in the lemon juice.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the oats, pecans, remaining tablespoon brown sugar, and flour. Add the pieces of butter and incorporate them with your hands until a crumble forms. Gently fold the crumble into the apple mixture until just incorporated.
  3. Slice off the very tops of the remaining 7 Honeycrisp apples and, using a melon baller (or spoon and a paring knife), hollow out the insides of the apples, being sure to remove the core and seeds. Using the very tip of the paring knife, cut a horizontal slit around the circumference of the apple, just barely piercing the skin, being careful not to slice through the apple’s wall (this acts as a steam vent for the apples while baking). Divide the apple filling evenly amongst the apples.
  4. Preheat oven to 375° F. Remove the piecrust from the refrigerator and cut into small strips (just longer than the width of each apple). Weave the strips into a lattice pattern atop each apple. Place the apples in a baking dish.
  5. Whisk the egg in a small bowl and brush the egg wash onto each apple’s lattice. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Pour 1 inch of water into the baking dish, then cover the dish with foil, ensuring the foil isn’t touching the tops of the apples. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake an additional 20-25 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the apples have softened.