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  • What's More American Than Eating Apple Pie, on Constitution Day?

    9/18/2013 10:49:56 AM Posted by Hillary Cherry

    By: Arielle Mueller, Hillsdale YAF's Secretary

     

    What's more American than eating apple pie, on Constitution Day?

    pie12In the 19th and 20th centuries, apple pie became a symbol of American and national pride. Today, apple pie is still iconic Americana, just like the Constitution. Hillsdale's YAF chapter celebrated Constitution Day, September 17th, by combining apple pie and the Constitution in the form of a bake sale. 

    We baked mini apple pies from scratch with the help of the students in our chapter. Yes, we really made these pies, and they taste delicious.

    On the night before Constitution Day several of us gathered to peel and core apples, roll and form dough, and craft miniature apple pies in muffin pans. To create an even more American feel to the pies, we topped them with cutouts of stars.

    The next day we sold the pies to students during lunch hour in the student union and offered a pocket Constitution with every pie (though you did not have to buy a pie to receive a Constitution… those were free). We were profitable selling the pies for $2. The response was overwhelming! We sold out of pie in less than 30 minutes. Students loved the portion and simplicity of eating a personal pie.

    We will definitely make more pies next year in celebration and honor of Constitution Day. And next year we will bake more, so we don't run out right away!

    Here's the recipe we used. Each recipe will make about 6 mini pies, so you can do the math for the amount of pie you need.

     

    For the dough:

    • 1 package refrigerated pie crust

     

    For the filling

    • 2 to 3 apples
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
    • pinch of salt
    • 1 tbs flour
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract

     

    1. Peel and dice your apples.
    2. Mix together the sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, flour, and vanilla extract. Then, mix in your chopped apples.
    3. Remove dough from fridge. Use a bowl that's larger than the size of your cupcake tin circles to cut out circles from the dough. Place these into an ungreased cupcake tin, Use a fork to poke holes at the bottom of each cup, and then fill to the top with your apple mixture.
    4. Using the remaining dough, roll out and cut circles to form the top crust. Place the dough circles atop each pie and seal the dough to form an edge around the pie. Create a raised crust to the pie.
    5. Using a small cookie cutter cut remaining dough into star shapes and place them on the top of each pie (we didn't have a cookie cutter, so we cut them by hand). Poke holes for ventilation in each pie with a fork.
    6. Place the cupcake tin on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for about 35-40 minutes, or until they start to look like and brown on the top, and your whole kitchen smells like apple pie heaven! Remove the pies from the pans while still hot/warm.
    7. Sell the pies to students and honor Constitution Day!
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