Apple Pot Pies

Have you ever seen something online or on Pinterest and thought it looked tasty? Today I was on Flipboard and saw a recipe for an apple pot pie.

I had never thought about making a sweet pot pie! I had an apple in the fridge, and needed to go grocery shopping. I like to take a recipe and make it my own, and thought adding the bit of fig jam I had left would go well with the apple.

The technique can be used with any combination of berries, stone fruit, apples…maybe not bananas 🙂

If you bake pies, use your favorite recipe and put the filling in a ramekin, top with a crust, and bake. Easy-peasy! Dessert is done in a flash.

Apple Pot Pies

2 Granny Smith apples, cut into bite size dice

1 lemon, zested and juiced

2 T fig jam

2 T all purpose flour

1 T vanilla sugar

1/4 t kosher salt (or 1/8 t table salt)

1 t cinnamon

Pie crust cut to fit ramekins, cut with decorative pattern (I used Publix ready-made crusts, and used one and froze the other for another time)

1 egg, beaten with water for egg wash

Optional: 1 T vanilla sugar to sprinkle on top of the pot pies

Preheat oven to 390 degrees.

Combine the diced apple, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Toss to coat the apples with lemon juice to prevent browning and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Mix the fig jam with the apples, and then add the dry ingredients. Mix to combine.

Fill the ramekins until level with the top. Dip a finger in water and run it around the top of the ramekin; place the pierced pie crust on top of the ramekin and press to seal. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with vanilla sugar. Place ramekins on a foil-lined baking sheet and put into oven. Turn oven down to 375 degrees and bake for 20-25 minutes, until filling is bubbling and top is golden brown.

Remove from oven and place on cooling rack.

May be served hot, warm, or room temperature. To serve a la mode, top with the ice cream flavor of your choice. I also dusted mine with confectioners sugar.

Celebration Cocktail

Have you ever wanted a refreshing cocktail and realized that you forgot to pick up your favorite frozen drink at the grocery story? Fear not! With a few simple ingredients, you can make your own cocktail and celebrate whatever you like.

Most of us have things lurking on pantry shelves and in the freezer that can be put to good use. Any concentrate, any alcohol, any soda; the combinations are endless. Some are more natural slush buddies than others, but don’t be afraid to try a new pairing – you might surprise yourself.

In my case, a long-forgotten can of lemonade concentrate. The last bit of rum at the bottom of the bottle. A smidge more of vodka. A small can of ginger ale. Ice.

A blender to make an alcoholic slushy.

Gather the ingredients, put them in the blender in proportions that please you, and alternate between puree and blend.

The lemonade concentrate was too tart, which was when I added ginger ale to it. The fizz and flavor went well with the lemonade and took the tart edge off.

Celebration Cocktail

Makes 1 blender-full (3 drinks)

Fill blender half full of ice

Add lemonade concentrate to taste (I used 2/3 of large can)

Add 1 part rum

Add 3 parts vodka

Blend above ingredients, alternating between puree and blend until mixture is slushy.

Add ginger ale, and blend to incorporate.

Pour into 3 glasses, and garnish with a lemon quarter.

It occurred to me after the drinks were already in the glass that a sugared rim would have been tasty also. Next time 🙂