Serves 4. You will need: 4 medium sized apples, 4 tablespoons white sugar, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, lemon juice, and chilled pie dough rolled out about 1⁄8 inch (0.3 cm) thick. For the full article:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF/180ºC.
  2. Wash the apples well under cold water.
    Pat dry with paper towels. Set on a cutting board.
  3. Cut a lid into each apple and remove the tops.
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    With a small sharp knife, carve out the core and seeds (without piercing the bottoms of the apples).
  4. With a small sharp knife, carve out the core and seeds (without piercing the bottoms of the apples).
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    Save the pulp in a small bowl for the filling. Rub a tiny bit of lemon juice on the insides of each apple to prevent them from turning brown.
  5. Dice and peel the lids very finely.
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    Toss out the stems. Put the peeled and diced lid bits into the pulp bowl.
  6. Mix the sugar, flour and ground cinnamon into the apple pulp until well blended.
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  7. Spoon the filling back into each apple.
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    Fill about 3/4 of the way to prevent spillage of filling while baking.
  8. Using a cookie cutter (or knife), cut out apple lid sized circles in the dough, 1 per apple.
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    You can also cut out shapes like leaves, flowers, stars or animals and layer each piece onto the apple to form a crust.
  9. Gently lay the crust circles over the apple tops and pinch the edges together much like you would a regular pie to seal the edges.
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    Poke four little holes in the top to allow steam to come through.
  10. Bake on a baking sheet for 30-40 minutes or until slightly tender and crust is golden brown.
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  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
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  12. Serve warm sprinkled with powdered sugar or cinnamon on the tops.
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  13. Enjoy!
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