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Craving apple pie but don’t want to make a whole one? This single serve apple pie recipe is the answer to your dessert prayers. Simple, yet brimming with the flavors of home.

This single serving apple pie is made with just one apple. If you’re looking for other recipes that just use one apple, you’ll have to try our Apple Cobbler, Apple Crisp, Apple Dutch Baby, and Apple Galette!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Satisfying: This mini apple pie perfectly satiates your craving without any leftovers.
  • Simple: With just a handful of ingredients and clear instructions, this is a breeze to make.
  • All-Seasons Friendly: This apple pie is perfect year-round, whether it’s the height of apple season or you’re pulling from your stash of stored apples.

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A mini apple pie topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Ingredient Notes

  • Flour: All-purpose flour provides the structure for the crust.
  • Sugar: Sweetens both the crust and the filling.
  • Salt: Enhances flavors.
  • Butter: Gives the crust a flaky texture.
  • Ice water: Binds the dough together.
  • Apple: Choose any apple variety you love; I typically opt for Gala apples since they’re my go-to snack.
  • Cinnamon: Adds warmth and spice to the filling.
  • Lemon Juice: Balances the sweetness and prevents apple browning.

If making a pie crust feels daunting, consider using a simple crushed graham cracker crust recipe as an alternative. You can also opt for a circle cut from a store-bought refrigerator pie crust.

How To Make An Apple Pie For One

See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Toss the apple slices into a large bowl and stir in the sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. Let sit while you prepare the dough.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Using a fork, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles wet sand. Add the water and stir to form dough. Transfer the dough to a cutting board and roll into a ball. Roll out the dough to form a circle. Lightly oil a small 5-inch tart or pie pan or a 10-ounce ramekin. Fit the crust into the pan. Poke the bottom of the pie crust with a fork a few times.
  3. Pour in apples and dot with butter.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Expert Tips

  • Temperature: Ensure your butter and ice water are really cold for a flaky crust.
  • Slicing: Cut the apple into thin slices or small chunks for quicker and even cooking.
  • Mixing: Don’t overmix the dough; it can make the crust tough.
  • Baking: Place a baking sheet under the tart pan to catch any spills.

Serving Suggestions

Here are some delightful accompaniments that make each bite of this heavenly dessert even more memorable:

  • Vanilla Ice Cream: A classic choice, a scoop of vanilla ice cream adds a creamy texture that pairs beautifully with the apple filling and crust.
  • Cinnamon Whipped Cream: Homemade whipped cream with a dash of cinnamon can elevate your apple pie game, making it even more irresistible.
  • Fresh Berries: A small bowl of fresh, seasonal berries adds a refreshing contrast to the warm, spiced flavors of the apple pie.
  • Cheese Plate: Believe it or not, a few slices of sharp cheddar or gouda can be the perfect savory counterpoint to your sweet apple pie. It’s a classic New England pairing worth trying!
a fork filled with ice cream topped apple pie.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best apples for apple pie?

When it comes to choosing the best apples for a single serving apple pie, you’ve got options. Gala, Braeburn, and Granny Smith apples are among my top picks for their unique flavor and texture profiles.

How do I choose the best apple for making a mini apple pie?

For a mini apple pie that truly shines, selecting the right apple is crucial. Opt for a firm apple variety to avoid ending up with a mushy, flavorless filling.

Can the dough be made in advance?

Absolutely, you can prepare the dough in advance for added convenience. Store the dough in the fridge for up to three days or freeze it for up to three months. When freezing, make sure to wrap the dough securely in plastic wrap. Before using frozen dough, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator to ensure optimal texture and ease of use.

What size pan do you use for a single serving apple pie?

For this single serving apple pie recipe, you can use either a 5-inch round tart/quiche pan or a 10-ounce ramekin for this recipe. The 10-ounce ramekin typically has a diameter of 4 inches and a height of about 1 ¾ inches. Since ramekins often don’t indicate their size, a reliable way to determine yours is by filling it with water and then transferring that water to a measuring cup to check the volume.

If you would like additional information on the cooking and baking dishes I use in our “recipes for one”, please visit our FAQ page.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Apple Pie For One

5 from 22 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
A classic recipe for Homemade Apple Pie made with a flaky crust and one sweet juicy apple. This single serving apple pie recipe provides you with a scrumptious dessert without leftovers!

Equipment

Ingredients 
 

For the filling

  • 1 medium apple , peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

For the crust

  • 2 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter , chilled – plus 1 additional tablespoon butter, chopped to dot on top of apples
  • 1 teaspoon ice water

Instructions 

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Make the filling

  • Toss the apple slices into a large bowl and stir in the sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. Let sit while you prepare the dough.

Make the crust

  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt.
  • Using a fork, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles wet sand.
  • Add the water and stir to form dough.
  • Transfer the dough to a cutting board and roll into a ball.
  • So the dough doesn’t stick, sprinkle a little flour on the cutting board and on the ball of dough and using a roller or a large glass, roll out the dough to form a circle.
  • Lightly oil a small tart or pie pan. Fit the crust into the pan. Poke the bottom of the pie crust with a fork a few times.
  • Pour in apples and dot with butter.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Temperature: Ensure your butter and ice water are really cold for a flaky crust.
  • Slicing: Cut the apple into thin slices or small chunks for quicker and even cooking.
  • Mixing: Don’t overmix the dough; it can make the crust tough.
  • Baking: Place a baking sheet under the tart pan to catch any spills.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 317kcal, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 102mg, Potassium: 194mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 32g, Vitamin A: 450IU, Vitamin C: 10.3mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1.1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. Love your recipes but some didn’t turn out as well as could because wrong size bake dish.
    Where do you find the 5”x5” square bakeware. I’ve looked everywhere. Thank you.

    1. Hi Michele, The baking dish you use for our recipes is critical to the success of the dish. Since many people have had trouble finding the dishes, we are now selling the 5×5 inch baking dishes and the 5×7 inch baking dishes on the store page of our website – https://store.onedishkitchen.com/