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Apple and Asiago Cheese Mini Pies

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We’ve all been in this situation.  You were on your way home from work when you realized you forgot to buy a key ingredient for tonight’s dinner over the weekend.  You make a quick swing into the grocery store to get what you need, but you’ve picked the wrong line.

You’re stuck behind a sweet little old lady who’s counting out 98 cents in pocket change.    You are bored and hungry, and your mind starts to wander.  Then your wandering eyes spot it; the blue light special.  A whole Marie Calendar’s Chocolate Peanut Pie for $5.00.

Against your better judgment, you ask the kind stranger behind you to hold your place as you hastily grab the pie and add it to your grocery loot.  It’s finally your turn, and you pay for your pie.  You suddenly feel a heavy weight upon your shoulders as you rush out the door, hoping no one sees the shame on your face.

Sound familiar?  There are a lot of temptations out there, and I have given in to that chocolate peanut butter pie.  What?  It was a whole pie for $5!!  That’s how “they” get you, and you secretly (or knowingly) fill up on preservatives, chemicals, calories, and tons of sugar.

All you need to avoid this pitfall is to make conscious choices about what you are eating.  This easy recipe for Apple and Asiago Cheese Mini Pies cuts out the over-processed ingredients to deliver a dessert with a kick that you can feel good about putting in your body.  It’s really tasty too!  I hope you enjoy.

Makes 6 mini pies, Serving size ½ pie

276 calories, 16.2g fat, 30.7g carbohydrates, 2.9g protein

Whole Wheat Pie Crust

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup organic butter

½ cup ice water

1.  Mix flour and salt together in a medium size bowl.

2.  Work cold butter into flour mixture until it becomes crumbly.

3.  Gently work cold water into mixture until it comes together.  Be careful not to over mix.

4.  Chill dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until dough is easy to roll.

Whole Wheat Pie Dough

5.  Roll dough to about ½ inch thick. Cut sections of dough to and fit into mini-pie tins.  (If dough becomes too hard, microwave for about 10 seconds.)

Whole Wheat Pie Dough

6.  Spray a mini pie pan with non-stick spray.

7.  Cut the dough into squares or circles and place them in the mini pie pan.

Whole Wheat Pie Dough

8.  Preheat oven to 350.

Apple and Asiago Cheese Mini Pies

3 organic granny smith apples

1/3 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon organic corn starch

3 tablespoons organic asiago cheese

1.  Cut apples into small, uniform pieces.

Green Apples

2.  Mix apples with salt.

3.  Add honey, vanilla, and cornstarch and mix together until well incorporated.

Cornstarch mixture

4.  Grate asiago cheese, add to apple mixture and incorporate.

Cheese and apple mixtureCheese and apple mixture

5.  Add mixture evenly to the pie crusts.

Apple and Asiago Cheese Mini Pies

6.   Optional:  cut a small shape out of the remaining pie dough and place on top of the apple mixture.

Whole Wheat Pie CrustApple and Asiago Cheese Mini PiesApple and Asiago Cheese Mini Pies

7.  Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

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Apple and Asiago Cheese Mini Pies
Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup organic butter
  • ½ cup ice water
  • 3 organic granny smith apples
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon organic corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons organic asiago cheese
Instructions
  1. Mix flour and salt together in a medium size bowl.
  2. Work cold butter into flour mixture until it becomes crumbly.
  3. Gently work cold water into mixture until it comes together. Be careful not to over mix.
  4. Chill dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until dough is easy to roll.
  5. Roll dough to about ½ inch thick. Cut sections of dough to and fit into mini-pie tins. (If dough becomes too hard, microwave for about 10 seconds.)
  6. Spray a mini pie pan with non-stick spray.
  7. Cut the dough into squares or circles and place them in the mini pie pan.
  8. Preheat oven to 350.
  9. Cut apples into small, uniform pieces.
  10. Mix apples with salt.
  11. Add honey, vanilla, and cornstarch and mix together until well incorporated.
  12. Grate asiago cheese, add to apple mixture and incorporate.
  13. Add mixture evenly to the pie crusts.
  14. Optional: cut a small shape out of the remaining pie dough and place on top of the apple mixture.
  15. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

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11 thoughts on “Apple and Asiago Cheese Mini Pies
  1. I have been that person at the grocery store! I finally realized that the $5 processed, chemcial-laden, preservative-riddled goodies were not worth the easy $5 bill. I enjoy homemade food with recognziable fresh ingredients so much more and can manage it on a really small budget too!

  2. My husband and I were just talking about how we need to cut our food budget in half, I won’t even tell you how much we spend right now 🙂 Making from scratch is one of the ways that I am going to save money. thanks for the recipe!

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