Throughout the summer months I hardly seem to bake, but as soon as the first fresh apples appear ready to pick or buy the oven goes on, and my baking restarts. This delicious fall dessert is one of our family favourites for weekends. I love the combination of apples and pecans with the maple syrup it's perfect served with ice cream. So here you go our simple recipe for apple and pecan mini pies.
Whilst I love apple pies this version is great as the sacks open up as they cook and you get a little mini bowl made with the pastry.
It is homemade pastry (you could switch for store-bought ready-to-roll if you wish) but I love the taste of the homemade pastry.
Tips for Making Homemade Pastry
Many people shy away from making homemade pastry, but short crust pastry that is used in this recipe is really easy to make and not at all fiddly. Here's some top tips for making pastry at home.
1. Make sure everything is cold
I have a pastry board that I use it's a small piece of marble and is always a lot cooler than the kitchen.
I wash my hands and then hold them under the cold tap to make sure that they are cool as well.
Then the fats used come straight from the fridge just before I make the pastry not a moment sooner.
My grandma had a fantastic rolling pin that kept the pastry cool as well, you filled it will cold water and chilled it prior to making pastry. It kept the weight as well as didn't warm up the dough - if you don't have one then a marble one is a good investment if you are going to make a lot of pastry.
2. Keep Handling to a Minimum
You really don't want to overwork the mixture, first of all, it will warm up and then you will also get tough pastry as the dough is kneaded too much.
You can of course use your hands but how about investing in a pastry tool. It makes blending the flours and fast so much easier.
3. Cool it down again
Before you roll and cut you need to make sure that you put the pastry in the fridge to cool and rest. I leave at least 30 minutes for this but sometimes much longer.
4. Never Skip Preheating the oven
Pastry cooks best when it goes from a cool environment too hot! Don't skip the preheating as you'll end up with pastry with a soggy bottom which isn't ideal.
More Fall Recipes for Families
Looking for more recipes for fall for you to cook for your family check these ones out below