What do you think of when you think of a pie? I think about summer, fresh fruit wrapped in flaky pastry and topped with a scoop of ice cream. I think about creamy custard, set perfectly and served warm after a big holiday meal. I think about the people I'm with when I eat pie, the way people sit up straight in their chairs at the mention of a freshly baked pie. The way my coworker always says, "oh I'll have just a tiny sliver" and then eventually succumbs to a larger piece.
Pies taste like home, apple pies especially. The perfect combination of cinnamon and apples reminds me of all of the things I cherish most. And while I'm all for sticking with the classics, I'm always up for a little change. That's why I decided to combine some of my favorite flavors (chai spices) with apple pie. I don't think it gets any better than this ya'll.
Chai spices add an extra layer of warmth to everything, in my opinion. An extra layer of cozy fall flavor. I chose to make these as personal pies because I brought them over to my friend Megan's (Carrots & Flowers) house for a pre-thanksgiving vegan feast. We're compiling a ton of recipes to help you plan for the holidays that will be up this week!
This recipe works just as well as a regular sized pie, I know this because I also make myself a big pie. Recipe testing has turned into the perfect excuse for indulgence. But also how cute are these teeny weeny pies? I got these mini cocottes on sale and have been working on SO many ways to make personal servings of everything.
Chai Spiced Apple Pie
Makes six personal pies or one standard 9'' pie
- 2 9'' pie crusts
- 1.5 lbs apples (basically 3 apples), I prefer Honeycrisp
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Prepare your pie crust according to the instructions and then roll out to line your pie plate or mini cocottes/ramekins. Preheat oven. While the oven is preheating, wash and prepare the apples by first coring them, cutting them in half, and then using a mandolin to slice them into thin segments.
Once the apples have been properly prepared, dip them in the lemon juice and then add to a large bowl. Add in the flour, sugar, salt as well as all the spices. Stir the apples with a wooden spoon to make sure each one is evenly coated.
Fill your pastry lined pie plate with the chai filling and lattice the top with the rest of the pastry. Bake in oven according to the chart below and then allow to cool completely before serving. I know it's hard to wait, but trust me, you want that pie to set all the way before cutting into it. The slices look so much better.
9'' Pie: Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes with foil wrapped around the crust. Then turn the oven down to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and remove the foil before continuing to bake for another 30-40 minutes.
Mini Pies: Bake at 350 degrees Farenheit for 45-50 minutes.
Recipe inspiration comes from A Cozy Kitchen.
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