Pies, pies, pies, oh how I love pies! Especially fall pies. Apple pie, pumpkin pie, pear pie, you name it, I love it. My three-year-old also happens to LOVE apple pie so I don't need a lot of coaxing from her to make one.
Sometimes, rather than a whole pie, we make some "pocket pies." That's what she likes to call them. Technically, they are turnovers, but she didn't seem super impressed with that name, so pocket pies has stuck for her because "all the apples fit inside like a pocket!"
And who can blame her for wanting to make them? They are delicious!
It's rewarding to make them and bite into their flaky crust, filled with warm, sweet, cinnamon-y apple filling, but it's also extra fun for me to bake them because she likes baking so much lately!
Hands down, baking with her means the kitchen is 4x as messy when we are finished, but whatever. We're together and we're happy. Not to mention we get pie when it's over. :)
So, head on over to a local apple orchard, pick yourself some good ones, and make some pocket pies!
"How do you do it?" you might ask. Well, I was going to share a whole recipe for your here, but really, it's too easy for that. No use getting all technical about something that is supposed to be laid-back and fun, right?
- Find yourself a good apple pie recipe (never tried one that wasn't).
- Find yourself a good pie crust recipe (now, I do think mine is the best for that--it comes from a long line of bakers in my family. Just always use this ratio: 2 c. flour, 1 c. shortening, scant 1/2 c. water, plus 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. sugar)
- Instead of putting your crust into a pie pan, cut it into rectangles, and fill with apple pie filling. Add a top crust, crimp around the edges with a fork, vent the top and bake it until it looks golden brown and yummy.
Like this idea? Here are some of our other favorite apple recipes for fall: