The Last of Winter | Little Apple Pies

Isn’t it funny how we all seem to complain no matter what the weather is? In summer, we find it too hot and sticky and spend our days sweating our butts off, constantly muttering “I hate this heat, I hate this heat!” as we anticipate the crisper season of autumn. Then, when the cooler weather settles in and winter is here, we complain that it is too cold, curse the rain and chilly winds, muttering “I just can’t wait for summer!” under our breaths. There is never a happy medium, is there?

It’s nearing the end of September and only now it seems like winter is on its way out, making room for spring. Finally! The days are now longer and the sun will stick around long enough to make it until dinner time. But, before you know it, I’ll be complaining of the  heat once again when summer arrives, haha!

To mark the end of winter, I thought I’d make something winter-inspired. To me, nothing says winter warmer more than a pudding or pie, but I have been itching to make pastry over the last few weeks, so I decided to make little apple pies. The recipe has quite a few steps and can be a bit fiddly, but the time and effort is well worth the result. The pastry is deliciously short and crumbly, the filling is sweet yet still tart and fragrant with cinnamon. Delicious!

Little Apple Pies

Adapted from a recipe on

Makes 10, or if it’s easier, just make one big pie.


350g plain flour

60g ground almonds

55g (¼ cup) caster sugar

pinch of salt

200g butter, coarsely chopped

60ml (¼ cup) cold water

4 large apples (about 1kg) (I used Granny Smith)

30g butter

55g (¼ cup) caster sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons cornflour

milk, to brush

caster or raw sugar, to sprinkle

1. To make the pastry, process the flour,  ground almonds, sugar, salt and butter in a food processor until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the water and process until it comes together. Form the dough into a ball, and divide into three, shape into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for two hours.

2. Peel, core and cut apples into a 1.5cm pieces. Melt the butter in a heavy-based saucepan, add the apples, sugar and cinnamon and cook until apples are tender and the mixture is quite wet. Remove a few tablespoons of liquid from the pan, mix with cornflour and return to the pan, mixing thoroughly with the apples. Cool to room temperature.

3. On a floured surface, roll out each disc to 3mm thick. Cut out 10 x 11cm rounds and 10 x 7cm rounds. Line a 12-hole muffin pan (80ml or  cup capacity) with the larger rounds. Refrigerate for around 20 minutes.

4. Place a baking tray in the oven and preheat to 200C.

5. Divide the apple mixture evenly among the prepared pie cases, about three-quarters full (do not fill right to the top, as I did, hence the tops coming off!) Place a pastry round on top, fold in the edge to seal and cut a steam hole in the top. Brush the pies with milk and liberally with extra sugar.

6. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 180C and bake for a further 20 minutes or until golden. Cool for 20 minutes before removing them from the tin.

Serve with custard or ice cream.

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It’s like you are reading my mind. I was just wishing for a nice fresh warm apple pie. And you know how I adore mini things :)

What fabulous little pies!




this is making me really really really hungry.

So pretty. They are like cupcakes, but pie.

If I baked something that cute, I don’t think I’d be able to bring myself to actually eat it!

darling little things! i like the quasi-raised tops, and your addition of ground nuts to the pastry dough.



Glad to see you back to blogging again. That pie looks wonderful!


These look and sound so amazingly tasty! I’ve always wanted to bake an apple pie! I should have made one when it was cooler. Today I was sweating when I was walking home, the sun is getting so much warmer.

Love the photos, love the apple pies. Love your work!

oh dear lord…oh dear lord….I mean are you looking at YOUR pictures? This is so so so beautiful! I seriously love this site! Thank you so much for the inspiration! Those look devine!


these are so adorably cute! i made an apple slab pie today and now i am jonzing to make these. oh my…not enough hours in the day!

I love these mini pies, they are perfect to eat, like four or five!
:-) I do not gain weight on mini pies, I have made this rules for me!

oooh, mini apple pie is a good idea! best for in the afternoon with a lovely cup of tea. i’ll still have room for other treats too :D

These are so adorable! They look totally delicious – perfect for a cold rainy day :)

fantastic pies. i’m really thankful i bumped into your blog as i was googling my way around for some baking recipes :) your photos are over the top beautiful! will definitely be following you :)

what cute little pies!! i’m making a trip to the mountains soon for some apple picking, definitely adding these to my list of recipes for them!:)


These are completely adorable. And eatable. :)

Your pics of these insanely cute little pies are making their way around the blogosphere and for good reason! Such sweet little treats, and your photography is so great, might have to change that about page to say pro ;)

These look so good! I’ve been dying to make some kind of apple pie and I think these are just perfect!



okay…. sorry I don’t know what that was???

anyway… I’m so glad a just stumbled upon your blog!! love it!! totally craving apple pie right now and I love these little ones!!

Catherine Rand

Made these today and they came out perfectly. A fab recipe!


absolutely divine! i can’t wait to try these… but do you happen to have the conversions for U.S. cooking or a site to translate the recipe?


Thanks all! Thanks for your very kind words. Your feedback and encouragement is truly awesome.

Ash, haha! I am actually going to leave your first comment because it’s just so random, tee hee!

okay, HOW cute are these? genius.



I was following butter flour sugar and completely missed that you had moved!
I was thinking I would make this recipe for work. However, you have ground almonds in the ingredients list, but it isn’t mentioned in the method. Sorry to be picky, but where does it go? I’m guessing in the dough….



Cara, sorry about that! The ground almonds go in with the pastry at step 1. I’ve changed the recipe to reflect that!

These are awesome

creamy and crunchy ones..5-9-12, hope there’s more then 12 because i will not get enough from this delicious sweets :D

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