Cheat your way to the best apple pie you've had

These individual apple pies are full of shortcuts and full of flavour

47w ago

I love baking but sometimes I do grudge the amount of time it takes to get results. I also grudge making full recipes at a time where the only people I have any interaction with are those that I live with - one person! Yes, I can make a really gorgeous Victoria sponge but is our collective waist line thanking us for that? It is *really* not!

This hasn't stopped me and, rather than making full recipes that are meant to feed you and your friends and your neighbours etc etc, i've been focusing on baking things that can be made, from start to finish, in individual portions.

There are some situations where cheating is not acceptable. Luckily, baking is not one of them and I wholeheartedly encourage it! This recipe is absolutely full of cheats that mean you can put in next to no effort but get an awesome result. This is very high up on my agenda! Everything is shop bought, you might even have it in the kitchen already, someone else has done all the hard work - yes!

Apple pie is tremendous, I love it, but forget about stewing cooking apples and messing about with shortcrust and being in the kitchen making a mess for hours on end - half an hour is all you'll need and, I promise, you'll have less dishes than you did at lunch!

Cheaty individual apple pies

You can make one of these or a dozen of these!


  • Shop bought, pre-rolled, filo pastry
  • A jar of apple sauce
  • Spray oil
  • Light brown sugar (any sugar will do but this is what I had!)
  • Cinnamon powder (or any spices you like in an apple pie!)


  1. Unfold the filo and cut it into squares. One sheet should make 6 squares and you need a minimum of 4 squares per pie so, you can cut as much as you need and put the rest back in the box!
  2. In a cup (if you're making lots you may need a bowl) add the apple sauce. You will need a good (!) heaped teaspoon per pie you're making
  3. Add the spices you have chosen. I'm not a massive spice person so I put in a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of sugar and left it at that. Mixed spice works well though. Mix it together
  4. In a cupcake tin, spray one space with oil and add a square of filo. Spray this with oil and add another, and spray that with oil before adding another. Pat it into place and give it another spray (sounds like a lot of oil but the spray means it's not much and it will help it crisp up nicely)
  5. Put a good heaped teaspoon of your apple sauce mix into the filo
  6. Pat one more square of filo into place on top of the apple sauce before folding all the edges in, as much as you like, and giving one last spray with oil.
  7. Sprinkle with some light brown sugar and spices if you like
  8. Bake in the oven at 180C for about 15 mins - longer if you want them really crispy
  9. Remove from the cup cake tin and let them cool

Recipe Notes

You can do what you like with these. I'm thinking about adding some chopped nuts the next time, maybe some caramel. The apple sauce is hotter than the surface of the sun when it comes out the oven so give them a bit to cool off!

Recipe by

Hayley Stanway

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Comments (12)

  • If I didn't have the even-cheatier option of a piemaker available, I'd do this. Life is too short for shortcrust.

      10 months ago
  • Apple pie is the best

      10 months ago
  • Nice tasty sounding shortcut! But I need my homemade crust but I still might try making them mini.

      10 months ago
    • I've never been a massive fan of shortcrust so this was perfect for me and from having the idea to eating it was well less than an hour!

        10 months ago
  • I really need to try filo pastry. I always have puff pastry in the fridge, and I love making mini pies in my muffin tin. It makes leftovers so much easier to deal with, and is great for portion control too (though I usually need to have seconds because they're usually too nice to only have one!). When I make mine, I will try and make my apple mix more like a sauce, it will be interesting to see if I will miss the chunks! Thanks for sharing 🙂

      10 months ago
  • Great idea! Always struggle with only needing smaller portions of things - bonus that these would be easier to take out than a slice of pie

      10 months ago
    • I do too. It's not so bad if you are going round to meet people or something but it's just the two of us now so its ideal. They are very portable but prepare to get messy as the pastry is amazingly flaky!

        10 months ago