Farm Fresh Apple Pie for The Three Little Bears

Three LIttle Apple Pies for The Three Little Bears

Mama Bear made pies.

Three little pies for three little bears. Mama Bear, Papa Bear and Baby Bear (that’s me!).

They weren’t anything fancy. But they didn’t need to be with the first of the season’s farm fresh local apples nestled inside the tender, flaky, homemade pastry crust. The honest flavor of the apples, tart and sweet, made them special enough. And the love, that helped too, the love and care Mama Bear spent making and baking them.

Apple Pie

This time Goldilocks didn’t selfishly sneak in and eat them all up on us as if she didn’t already have a Mama of her own to bake her special treats. Although I bet when she smelled them baking she was hoping we would all go out or put them on the windowsill to cool where she could sneak up and steal them away to gobble up greedily all by herself.

Nope, this story, my story, ends differently. The three little bears ate them all up for dessert and went to bed happy and full to their little heart’s content, with crumbs and cinnamon spice stuck to their lips, dreaming of pie season and of the many pies yet to come.

Apple Pie

Apple Pie
(adapted from The Good Housekeeping Cookbook)

pastry for one-crust  pie (recipe follows)
3/4 cup sugar, half brown if desired
2 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice
7-8 cups apples*, thinly sliced or cubed
1 tablespoon butter

1. Roll out pastry and line three 6-inch pie plates or one 8 or 9 inch pie plate.

2. In small bowl combine sugar and next five ingredients. Toss with apples. Divide evenly among 3 small pie plates or add to one large. Dot with butter.

3. Bake about 30 minutes for 6-inch pies or 40-50 for 8 or 9-inch. If sides of crust become too dark cover with aluminum foil. Serve warm or cold.

*Some of the best pie apples: Northern Spy, Golden Delicious, Rhode Island Greening, Pippin, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Gravenstein

Flaky Pastry for 1-Crust Pie
(8 or 9-inch or 3 (6-inch))

1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon cold butter or shortening
2 – 2 + 1/2 tablespoons ice water

1. Sift flour with salt into medium bowl.

2. With a pastry blender or two knives scissor fashion cut in butter using short strokes until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.

3. Sprinkle with ice water 1 tablespoon at a time tossing lightly with fork after each addition until pastry is moist enough to hold together.

4. Shape pastry into a ball, wrap and refrigerate until the filling is ready.

Printable Recipe

Three Farm Fresh Mini Apple Pies for Three Little Bears

Need tips on pie crust? Here’s a King Arthur Demo post on how to make the best pie crust.


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  1. BeadedTail says

    We just got apples at the farmers market today so perfect timing on this recipe! It looks so good!Purrs to Moon!

  2. baking.serendipity says

    These look amazing! I love that they are mini-sized, rather than one giant pie. I'm not sure why, but smaller desserts are always cuter!

  3. Debbi Does Dinner He says

    How pretty! I can't wait to go apple picking so I can make lots of apple things! Thanks!

  4. Monet says

    Can I please come over to your house for some pie? Apple pies will always be my absolute favorite, and I love the lattice work you did on these three beauties. Thank you for sharing such tempting photographs. I want to get apple-pie baking right now!

  5. Melissa says

    My husband loves apple pie. I don't make it as often as he would like. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. Louanne says

    Those are adorable! Apple pie is such a warm, comforting, and cinnamon(!) delight! As soon as the new crop of apples are in the markets down here, it's on my list to bake!

  7. Brenda says

    Reeni, these look SO delicious. I haven't made my first apple pie yet (of the season I mean, not ever, lol) but soon! I am so glad fall is almost here for the wonderful fall food like apple pie. Hope you're having a great weekend!

  8. Pegasuslegend says

    a perfect pie anytime one of my mom's favorites she would have love this recipe looks amazing!

  9. Emily Z says

    I have some Granny Smith apples lying around, not going bad, yet, but something needs to be done with them, and soon. Maybe I should try this out. I hate letting things go to waste! Oh, and as for changing my blog's theme again, yeah, I just can't make up my mind right now, trying to find a fresh, user-friendly look. I like the one I have right now, though, I will probably keep it for a while! :)

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