Apple pie is a family favorite. Soft, warm pieces of sugary apple with a buttery pastry, topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce, or ice-cream, there honestly is nothing better than tucking into this dessert.
Apple pie can be tricky to serve if you are in a hurry and isn’t always as presentable as desired. Making your pies with tortillas is a quick and easy way to make presentable individual portions of apple pie in no time. Crisp pie shells with a homemade filling, you will convert the most savory palate.
For this apple pie recipe, you will need tortillas; homemade is always best. There are different types of tortillas; not all are the same. Some are gluten-free others are not, depending on what flour you use to make them. There are two options for the gluten-free variety: either make corn tortillas or use a gluten-free flour mixture.
Grab your tortilla press, and let’s get pressing! If you don’t have a tortilla press (https://unocasa.com/products/tortilla-press) you can roll your dough balls out, they do need to be relatively thin, don’t forget to flour your surface and be gentle when rolling.
Corn tortillas (gluten-free)
- 2 cups masa harina (corn flour)
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
Place the cornflour in a large bowl. Pour in the water, mix well, and set aside for 5 minutes.
Knead the dough with your hands, work the dough for several minutes. As you knead the dough, it will become more pliable and doughy. Cut the dough into quarters, pinch off rounds of dough, and roll into little balls. There should be enough dough to make 16 tortillas. Place the ball between two parchment paper sheets, place it into the tortilla press, press the tortilla until it reaches the desired thickness.
Repeat with the remaining dough balls. Keep the tortillas raw for the apple pie recipe.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour (gluten-free all-purpose flour with guar gum)1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup warm water
Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Create a well in the center, adding the water and oil, stir well and combine the wet and dry ingredients. The dough should begin forming a ball.
Place the dough on a clean countertop dusted with flour, and knead the dough until it is smooth. Form the dough into 16 balls. Allow the dough to rest for 15 minutes.
Once the dough has rested, place between parchment paper sheets and press in the tortilla press, stack the parchment paper tortillas up, and set them aside for the apple pie.
Fantastic apple pie tortilla cups
Warning: this easy dessert is so easy to make it might become your favorite midnight snack.
- 3 tortillas
- 1 tablespoon melted butter (sub for vegan butter)
- Cinnamon sugar: 3 tablespoons of brown sugar mixed with 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 3 large Granny Smith apples, or cooking apples, peeled, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter (sub for vegan butter)
- Cinnamon sugar: 2 tablespoons brown sugar combined with 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Whipped cream
- Caramel sauce
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Prepare a standard muffin tin by greasing it with butter or cooking spray.
Brush melted butter onto the tortillas and dust with the cinnamon sugar. Cut the tortillas into quarters. In the muffin cups, place two quarters per cup overlapping slightly. Arrange the tortillas to form elegant petal shapes. Bake in the oven to bake for 8 minutes. Check the tortillas; they should be golden and crisp; bake for another two minutes if needed.
Peel, core, and dice the apples into bite-sized pieces. In a bowl, combine the chopped apples, lemon juice, and cinnamon sugar. Saute the apples in a large skillet with some butter. Cook until the apple is soft.
Remove the apple pie cups from the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes. Divide the apple pie filling between the tortilla cups—top with whipped cream and caramel sauce.
Tip: Serve these delicious treats with a scoop of creamy ice-cream instead of whipped cream.
Slicing the apples into long slices and arranging them after sauteeing can create a beautiful aesthetic look for your dessert.