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April 12, 2012 7:27 AM   Subscribe

Pie a la Apple - a recipe for completely edible, single serving apple pies made out of the apples themselves.

Another variation, a more detailed recipe which inspired the first, available here.

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posted by quin (35 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite

 
It's...a baked apple with a pie crust on top. Originally I thought perhaps they had cut a larger apple into strips and used that to make a crust. Of course, then the texture would be all wrong. What you could do is bake the apple and then separately build a lattice out of apple strips, lightly bread and fry it, and then lay it on top. That way the top would still have a certain crispiness but still be predominately made of apples. I guess then it would be a combination baked apple / apple fritter.
posted by jedicus at 7:35 AM on April 12, 2012


While this is my preferred apple pie recipe, they should just wrap the apple entirely in pastry and make apple dumplings.

Apple dumplings are awesome.
posted by zamboni at 7:36 AM on April 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


It looks cool and fun. I've not seen it before.

But, in reading the recipe...Am I correct in understanding that you don't use the fruit you take from the hollowed-out apples? That seems horribly wasteful.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:38 AM on April 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


A thing you can do with that fruit you take from the hollowed-out apples is just go ahead and eat it.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:39 AM on April 12, 2012 [8 favorites]


Do they actually taste good, though? It seems like you might get steamed apples inside a toughened apple skin.

(I care not at all for whether they're on Pinterest, and in fact am a bit dubious about this whole "oooh, suburban moms like it, therefore it sucks" thing - the more so because I wonder how many mefites' moms live in the suburbs. My mom lives in the suburbs and has for almost her whole life. That doesn't mean she has bad taste or is stupid.)

(And when someone disparages something because a woman with kids might like it, I assume that 1. they have issues with women in general; 2. they have issues with resenting their own mom; and 3. they need to work on dealing with their misogyny, no matter what gender they are.)
posted by Frowner at 7:39 AM on April 12, 2012 [16 favorites]


Not another Apple thread...
posted by kmz at 7:41 AM on April 12, 2012 [14 favorites]


It's clever and pretty, but I would much rather have my bottom crust.
posted by usonian at 7:42 AM on April 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Not another Apple thread...

In the interest of equal time and fairness here's some Android coverage: gingerbread and homemade ice cream sandwiches.
posted by Edogy at 7:46 AM on April 12, 2012 [6 favorites]


But, in reading the recipe...Am I correct in understanding that you don't use the fruit you take from the hollowed-out apples? That seems horribly wasteful.

Thorzdad, most of that fruit is the core of the apple. I don't typically use that portion, anyway.
posted by IAmBroom at 7:48 AM on April 12, 2012


Oops, sorry, Thorzdad - I just realized you're responding to the first recipe, and I'm thinking of the second.

No reason you couldn't salvage the center flesh for the filling, though. I'd just make sure I topped it with nicer-looking pieces.
posted by IAmBroom at 7:50 AM on April 12, 2012


Am I correct in understanding that you don't use the fruit you take from the hollowed-out apples? That seems horribly wasteful.

It sounds like you use the meat from from the hollowed-out apples, plus additional meat from 1-2 more apples to get enough filling (since the cores would need to be discarded).
posted by drlith at 7:50 AM on April 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


How do you neatly scoop out the core? That would seem the big trick here.
posted by yerfatma at 7:58 AM on April 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well, at least it's not Frog à la Pêche. Or even worse, Pêche à la Frog.
posted by Suddenly, elf ass at 8:04 AM on April 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


I agree that it's a gussied-up baked apple, but it's cute. I also agree, however, that I could not cleanly excise the 90 percent of an apple from its skin like that if you gave me a year to practice. Particularly if I'm supposed to retain as much of it as possible to cut into strips.

It's something I can totally imagine being cute as a button for entertaining, but (1) I'd just make a baked apple if I were at home, and (2) it takes knife skills most people don't have.
posted by Linda_Holmes at 8:05 AM on April 12, 2012


That's not nearly enough crust for me. There has to be a bite of crust for every bite of apple, preferably with more crust than apple.
posted by cooker girl at 8:09 AM on April 12, 2012 [4 favorites]


From the first link: How yummy does that look? The entire thing is edible too!

Unlike regular pie, where the whole thing isn't edible?

I like "let's change up a traditional recipe!" kinds of things, but these lack the advantages of regular pie (not enough crust for me), and although they seem like they'd be easy to eat without a fork, well, a turnover would be even easier. Cute, though.
posted by rtha at 8:17 AM on April 12, 2012


Call me when you can do that with cherries, because I loves me some cherry pie.

Seriously...bite-sized cherry pies would be awesome!
posted by mysterpigg at 8:29 AM on April 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


People keep trying to improve pie.

I think human history has always had these kinds of things. In medieval times, people kept trying to make gold out of lead.

I don't think you can stop people from doing silly things. I guess you just have to let them.

In the meantime, if anyone has any normal pie which they find too boring or too mundane, I will eat it for them.
posted by koeselitz at 8:32 AM on April 12, 2012 [11 favorites]


Call me when you can do that with cherries, because I loves me some cherry pie. Seriously...bite-sized cherry pies would be awesome!

Somewhere I have a recipe for deep-fried cherries, would that suit?

(No, seriously - it was sort of tempura-like in concept, where you dipped a bunch of cherries all on their stems into a batter and then held them by the stems while you fried the whole thing.)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:56 AM on April 12, 2012 [4 favorites]


Unlike regular pie, where the whole thing isn't edible?

Well, if you are talking about my father's pies, no. Sometimes they contained pits and, soon after, pieces of a tooth. Although I expect the recipe did not suggest he do that.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:22 AM on April 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


bite-sized cherry pies would be awesome!

Mini muffin tins are the perfect size for two-bite pies.
posted by gauche at 9:25 AM on April 12, 2012


This seems several shades of wrong to me. Kind of cute though.

I can't imagine being able to core a Granny Smiths like that. But if I could, I might brush the inside with salted butter and cinnamon before adding filling. And add a squeeze of lemon on the filling, and maybe a dot of butter, depending on how the apples taste... I am suspicious of Granny Smiths big enough to BE a pie.

No, I can't leave well enough alone.
posted by zennie at 9:40 AM on April 12, 2012


I made these a couple months ago and used a melon baller to scoop out the insides, which I then mixed with the cinnamon sugar and stuffed back into the apples. I didn't cut up any extra apples for filling (though I did put some crust remnants inside for extra pie-ness).

They were quite tasty. A little work-intensive for the novelty, but I don't bake regular pies and I certainly would make these again.
posted by phatkitten at 10:55 AM on April 12, 2012


Bonehead, bless him, bought me Jeni's Spendid Ice Creams recipe book and an ice-cream maker for Christmas. She has an apple pie sorbet recipe in there that is to die for. If you're going to reinvent pie, that's where I'm putting my money.
posted by LN at 11:40 AM on April 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


APPLECEPTION
posted by whitneyarner at 11:41 AM on April 12, 2012


Why am I reminded of The Groove Tube?
posted by Splunge at 12:12 PM on April 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


>How do you neatly scoop out the core? That would seem the big trick here.

It's easy with a grapefruit spoon. When the kids were little they would make baked apples for dessert by scooping out the cores from the stem end, leaving the bottom of the apples intact, and filling the hollows with raisins, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Balance a little chunk of butter on the top and cook in the microwave. Quick & yummy.
posted by squalor at 12:22 PM on April 12, 2012


Call me when you can do that with cherries, because I loves me some cherry pie. Seriously...bite-sized cherry pies would be awesome!

Somewhere I have a recipe for deep-fried cherries, would that suit?

(No, seriously - it was sort of tempura-like in concept, where you dipped a bunch of cherries all on their stems into a batter and then held them by the stems while you fried the whole thing.)


Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!
posted by talitha_kumi at 1:12 PM on April 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


The bestest Apple thread ever.
posted by caddis at 1:34 PM on April 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I feel like you could easily adapt this concept into a multi-fruit concept, like a kind of turducken for fruit pies.
posted by Joh at 2:20 PM on April 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Fruit-tuckin'.
posted by Splunge at 2:34 PM on April 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


I feel like you could easily adapt this concept into a multi-fruit concept, like a kind of turducken for fruit pies.

Apple->peach->plum->cherry, maybe? I'm not sure if there are any readily available fruits that could go outside the apple. There aren't many significantly larger ones that have an edible or appetizing peel or rind (e.g. several varieties of citrus could hold an apple, but you wouldn't want to eat it). Peach->plum->cherry would stick to Prunus species and probably work better taste-wise, but I don't know if a peach could stand up to the baking the way an apple can.
posted by jedicus at 2:40 PM on April 12, 2012


I made the comment as a silly offhand joke, but how about Asian pear->apple->pear->grapple? I think its a terrible idea but the concept amuses me. You would have to peel and hollow out all the fruits except the outermost one.
posted by Joh at 3:07 PM on April 12, 2012


Oh I didn't mean grapple, I meant crabapple. Grapples are the same size as apples I think.
posted by Joh at 3:07 PM on April 12, 2012


The iPie.
posted by exphysicist345 at 6:16 PM on April 12, 2012


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