Monday, November 19, 2012

Apple Pie Pops-guest post

A few weeks ago, I was given the honor of doing a guest post over at my friend Hilani's awesome blog, Handmade by Hilani.  In case you missed it, here is the post!  I left in the introduction to myself since I have some many new awesome Facebook and blog followers!  I though you all could get to know me a bit better! :) Enjoy!

Hi y'all!! My name is Evey and I blog over at Sweet Song Bird with one of my best friends and biz partner (in crime), Erika! :) Yes, E and E.  No, we are not related. :) I have three (YES, THREE!) kiddies who are my entire universe and am married to my best friend and childhood sweetheart.  He's an architect and shares my passion for pretty things.  We are truly just big kids who love to have fun and act silly!  
My loves and I
 Though I originally went to school for Nursing, I ended up staying home with my sweet (crazy) kids and opened up my awesome business Evey's Creations.  My family is gluten-free and my middle child who has Asperger's also has severe food allergies, so here at Evey's Creations, we strive to provide allergen-safe, all natural products for our clients.  I also love to craft and sew!  Be sure to check out our blog for awesome Erika (and Evey) recipes (Allergen-safe and regular ones, too), furniture redo tutorials, DIY costumes, and of course, TONS OF PASTRIES! Also, occasional snark from Erika! :) I seriously DIE reading her posts when they go up! :) Though we collaborate on various projects, we do have separate businesses and therefore kept our blog name separate from our business names.  Fun Evey fact- I have 9 parrots! The blog was named after my sweet Baby, a cockatiel, who passed away after 9yrs of singing to me and bringing me joy!

ANYWAY, here is my tutorial and recipe for these sweet Apple Pie Pops! 

Here's what you'll need:

1. Lollipop sticks (I like the Wilton brand).
2. Pie dough (You can make your own or you can buy the frozen kind)
3. A circle cookie cutter about 3 or 4 inches in diameter (I actually used the ring of a small mason jar)
4. A small heart-shaped cookie cutter for your vent.
5. Extra flour to dust on surface while rolling dough out!
6. Apple pie filling (PRE-COOKED- See recipe below.)
7. Optional-Cinnamon Sugar. (one part Cinnamon to two parts Sugar, mixed in a bowl.) 


Step One:  Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Roll out your dough and cut out equal rounds, cutting out heart vent in only half of the rounds. 

Step Two: Arrange your rounds on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  I like to maximize space by alternating the direction they lie in.  Fill with pre-cooked apple pie filling**.  Place tops and vents on filled pops.  Make sure the hears are slightly off center, leaving a vent hole or your pops will leak out due to heat and pressure.  (Trust me, it ain't pretty!)
 **See Recipe at the end of Tutorial.

Step Three: Seal those pie pops up!  Use a small fork to crimp the edges.  It looks pretty and seals the edges!

 Step four: Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar over the top of the pop.  I like to put more on the heart cutout to accent it. :) Place pops in oven at 375 degrees and bake for roughly around 15minutes or until edges are slightly browned as in below picture.  You will see the heart vent puff up as well. 

 Allow pops to fully cool before standing up or the stick will break through warm dough. I sold this batch at a vendor sale and displayed them in a sweet mason jar!

Speaking of mason jars...I made a mini pie in a mason jar with leftover dough for my hubby to take to work!  You can actually freeze it before it's baked (if your dough is home-made) and simply allow it to thaw then bake it at 375 degrees F in a water bath when you are ready to serve it!

Apple Pie Filling:
3 Large Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and cubed.
1/4 C Brown Sugar
1/4tsp Cinnamon powder
pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
3tbsp flour

Combine ingredients in a deep saucepan and cook over the stove top on Low for about 25 minutes or until apples are slightly tender.




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