4 Whole Apples
1 heaping tsp Cinnamon
Pinch of Nutmeg (about 1/8th tsp)
1/4 c. Sugar
1 T. Brown Sugar
4 small pats butter
1 Pie Crust (Homemade or Pre-made
Preheat the Toaster Oven to 375F
Carefully cut the tops off each of 4 of your apples, then, using a melon-baller or spoon carefully remove the insides like you would a pumpkin, leaving about 1/2" edge. To make this easier, scoop out the core first.
DO NOT Puncture the apple, or all of the yummy filling will run out during baking, leaving a sticky mess in its wake.
Don't toss out the apple middles, instead, remove the seeds and core setting them aside (throw them out the door for the birds!) then
In a small bowl combine the cinnamon, nutmeg and sugars. Pour this mixture over the diced/chopped apples, mixing well. Let it set while you prepare the crust. If you plan on making these ahead of time and not baking them immediately add a slightly rounded teaspoon of flour to the mixture to help thicken the juices while they're setting.
Fill each hollowed apple with the spiced apple mixture and top with a small pat of butter.
Cover the top of each apple with a lattice pattern top, like so
To make this a little easier, I recommend cutting the pie crust into even strips. Lay 4 strips out on a small piece of wax paper. Then add the remaining 4 strips, forming a lattice pattern. When you top the filled apple you can pick up the lattice top easy without making a mess
At this point you can either bake your apples, or place them in the fridge to bake later.
To Bake: Place the apples in a small 8"x8" pan or in the toaster tray pan that came with your toaster oven. Add a small amount of water to the bottom of the pan (About 1/2 c. or so) Cover the tops with foil and bake 30 minutes, Remove foil and bake 10-12 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Top with a Small Scoop of vanilla ice cream and serve!
The GroceryBudget101 Breakdown:
4 apples = .60
1 Pie Crust (flour, shortening, water, salt) .18
Butter (optional) .05
Total cost for 4 complete desserts: $0.96 or $0.24 cents each