We are one week into September and temperatures are still up there even here in the mountains. Am I the only one nostalgic for true a true fall? I am really looking forward to changing colors, crisp cool air and cinnamon sprinkled over everything. While I can’t control Mother Nature, I can get a head start on fall baking. Apple Pie is hand’s down my favorite dessert. Apple Pie topped with sweet, salty & crunchy crumbs baked in mini pie plates – that’s just mind blowing!
When we still lived in RI, Mitz & I were obsessed with these vegan apple crumb pie’s that Whole Foods sold in their bakery section. Friend’s dinner? We’ll bring pie. Family gathering? We’ll bring two pie’s. Everybody we introduced the pie to loved it. It was delicious. When we moved to Colorado, I was 6 months pregnant. One week after the move, I told Mitz I wanted the pie. We set off to our local Whole Foods to find it – they didn’t have it. Went to another one – nope, not there either. Went to another one – they don’t make it.
It was blasphemy.
A year later, I still look at the bakery section of Whole Foods when I shop hoping apple crumb pie’s would appear. A girl can only be disappointed to many times. So the other day, I dragged the baby to the market, picked up some apples and went in search of a pie plate. When I saw the mini pie plates at Home Goods, I geeked out! I love the cuteness of mini desserts. I found similar mini plates, albeit glass, on Amazon. When I got home, I put the baby for a nap and embarked on my very first pie since the first time my friend and I attempted one during Thanksgiving. We ended up with Apple Soup as my grandfather likes to tease.
Guys, the mini apple crumb pie’s came out fantastic. No apple soup for you! So good that I ate two and a half mini pie’s in less than 24 hours.
The filling itself is so simple and delicious to make. There should be no reason anyone ever buys pre-made apple filling. Ever. Though the insides are full of all the apple cinnamon-y yumminess that makes you feel all warm and tingly inside, the star of the show here are the crumbs. Because everything is better with crumbs. I do hear that there are people out there who don’t like that kind of stuff (gasp!) so feel free to omit and cover with a regular crust instead.
They were also incredibly easy to make and veganize. I used ready made pie crust (the Pillsbury brand is vegan) which allowed for only 90 minutes between starting the recipe to shoving the pie into my face. One day I will get around to making my own crust and I will update this post accordingly.
Holiday’s? Parties? School Bake Sale’s? Bring this pie! You will not be disappointed and people will think you are Martha Stewart. If you have the self control I lack and want to store leftovers, you can do so but lightly covering it with foil. It’ll keep in the fridge for a few days. The crumbles will toast up nicely again in a toaster oven.