Election Day Apple Pie Apples

It's election day! There's something about this day that I'm kind of obsessed with. I love waking up early with anticipation for the big race. Getting over to the polls, standing in that crisp November 90 degree air. What is more rewarding then stamping the heck out of your ballot? I love it! I want to stamp everything and make it matter! Then there is the fun of rolling home from work knowing you are going to get to watch the most exciting reality TV show ever. Are you in, or are you out candidates? Bring it on! Maybe not everyone gets as amped up about Election Day as me. But I have a tasty and patriotic treat that I can get you pumped up about making! Get festive tonight folks! Make an election day Apple Pie Apple! A great recipe for solo snackers, or make a bunch for you and your friends. It's the perfect dessert to go along with your red state/blue state counting tonight.

INGREDIENTS:
5-6 Granny Smith apples (for however many folks you are serving)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon (or spice it to your liking)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup of oats
Pie Crust (homemade or pre-made)
INSTRUCTIONS:
Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F.
Cut the top of 4 apples off and discard. To decore your apple - I recommend stabbing down to nearly the bottom of the apple all around the seed holding center. Then take the melon baller and scoop out the middle. Try not to remove too much of the tasty parts of the apple that go along with it. From there, carefully hollow out the rest of your apple into a bowl with a melon baller. I could have done this part all night. It's very cathartic...

Once you are done, take the scooped out apple bits that are in your bowl and mix them with the cinnamon, sugar, brown sugar, and oats.

Stir it up well so that all of the apple is covered. Now restuff your hollow apple shell with your sugary apple mixture. Put these aside for just a moment.

Roll out your pie crust, and cut these into 1/4 inch strips. Pull your apples back over and cover the top of your "pie" with the crust. Get fancy with it!

Put your mini pies in a pan, and toss them in the oven. To start, you can cover them with tin foil so that the crust doesn't brown too much. (We didn't have any and ours came out just fine without.) Let these bake for about 40-50 minutes. (If you use tin foil, remove this at about the 20-25 minute mark and let your apples keep baking.)

And voila! Tasty little apple pies - that aren't too bad for you either!

Now remember to get out there and vote today!! Every vote counts. (That's cheesy, huh? But they do!) Besides, it's a super fun reason to take a break from work!

{ Much love to Paper Plates and China who inspired us to make this! }