I think I figured out why I am so in love with single serving recipes.
I had a bit of an epiphany whilst standing in front of my toaster oven.
Remember the Easy-Bake oven?
That's what it's like making these little treats in the toaster oven. Single serving recipes in the toaster oven/microwave/oven are like Easy-Bake treats for adults.
Plus...by making only one little servings you can't eat more than that. I mean...if I bake a whole pie then I can eat a whole pie. Not that I have....noooooooo no no......never. If I only make a mini pie then I can only eat a mini pie - which, as it turns out - is far healthier for me.
Here is the rundown on this tasty little number:
(According to Fitday)
Crust only: Calories - 165, 11.7 fat, 12 carb, 1.8 protein.
Crust and filling: Calories - 199, 11.8 fat, 22 carb, 1.9 protein.
Single Serving Pie Crust + Apple Filling
2 Tbsp + 2 tsp flour
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tbsp butter, chilled
1 to 1 1/2 tsp ice water
1/4 of a medium apple, diced
1 tsp caramel sauce
Preheat toaster oven to 400. (Or regular oven) Place a small piece of parchment paper on tray. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Using a fork (or your fingers) smush in the butter until mixture forms coarse crumbs. Mix in water (starting with 1 tsp) to form dough.
Roll out dough on lightly floured surface. In the same small bowl the dough was in - mix diced apples and cinnamon. Place apples in center of rolled out dough. Top with caramel sauce.
Dip finger in a bit of water and wet along edge of dough. Gently fold dough over the apples and pinch to seal.
Place in preheated toaster oven on prepared tray.
Bake at 400 for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake until crust is browned and apples are cooked, about 15 - 20 minutes.
This was so cute.
It makes one tiny little pie. (A pie that is under 200 calories by the way - yay!)
Oh, yeah, in case it matters....the crust is also flaky and very tasty. I am excited to try this with other fillings. If I can find a teeny tiny pie pan I'm so making a crust for a single serving lemon meringue pie.
Oh yeah, it's going to happen.
UPDATE: So I made myself a single serving strawberry pie.
The pie crust is the recipe above. The filling is:
Single Serving Strawberry Pie
1 recipe single pie crust (above)
6 - 7 large strawberries, diced
1/2 Tbsp heavy cream
1/4 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp cornstarch
Preheat oven (or toaster oven) to 400.
Prepare pie crust as per recipe above. Roll out and lay into a small pie or tart pan.
In a bowl, gently mix together the diced strawberries, heavy cream, sugar, and cornstarch. Spoon into crust.
Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake until crust is browned and strawberries are tender, about 20 - 25 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool. (I didn't fill the pie up very full, forgetting that the strawberries will cook down. Feel free to add more strawberries so they are piled up a bit higher than I have them.)
I added a scoop of frozen strawberry yogurt so I wasn't sad that my pie was only half full.
Next time I will pile the strawberries higher.