Mini Apple Pies (A Part of This Complete Breakfast)

Who decided that sugar coated sugar dobbers and frosted sprinked poptarts were the best way to start the day?  I also want to know why the aforementioned choices…or a pancake drenched in syrup is considered a great breakfast food…yet an apple pie is considered to be a dessert.

Remember, I like to think outside the box when it comes to breakfast.  I’m all about Giant Breakfast Cookies, Breakfast Cake, Funnel Cake, Whole Wheat Donuts…and if you recall…even Homemade Ice Cream for breakfast.  And what about our Valentine’s day Peach Cobbler?  Yes, I think breakfast should be enticing, delicious, nutritious and sometimes even fun.  And I think Apple Pie should be okay to eat for breakfast.

This Mini Apple Pie recipe is a new one I’ve come up with as I work on creating more Healthy Make-Ahead Meals.  These freeze well (unbaked) – then you can just pull out a little pie (or 3) per person and bake.

Make them for breakfast…and your family will smell them baking, jump out of bed and come running into the kitchen and plow you over onto the kitchen floor (out of joy and love of course).

You can make these a couple of different ways:  Mini Apple Pies, or Apple Pie Pockets…depending on what works best for you.  I use the same crust recipe I use for my Homemade Pizza Pockets.  Follow the same instructions for the pizza pockets to create an Apple Pie Pocket

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The following directions are for Mini Apple Pies:

Crust:

3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 t. sea salt
1 cup melted butter
1 cup plain yogurt

Stir ingredients together until thoroughly mixed.  Use the dough right away to create pockets or pies…or let the dough sit overnight on the countertop to break down the phytates and make the grains more digestable.  This dough is MUCH easier to work with if you work it like playdough in your hands a while before you try to roll it out.

Filling:

3 pounds of apples – about 11-12 smallish apples (any kind you like)
1/4 – 3/4 cup sucanat (your preference)
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

Topping:

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
2-4 Tablespoons sucanat
3 Tablespoons melted butter

To make Mini Apple Pies:

miniapplepies1smPeel apples and cut them into bite sized chunks.

miniapplepies2smAdd sucanat and cinnamon.

miniapplepies3smStir well and cook over medium heat until apples are
tender and a syrup has formed (about 10 minutes).

miniapplepies5smIn the meantime, separate dough into 21-24 pieces.
Roll each piece into a little circle with a rolling pen.
As you can see, I am NOT a perfectionist.  If I was making these for a
ladies’ brunch or something…I might take the time to make them pretty.
But for my family of boys?
Do you think they really care if their pies are pretty?
They eat them in three minutes flat.  Thus my sloppy dough squishing.

Squish (or place nicely) your dough circles into well buttered MUFFIN PANS.  Using a muffin pan for these Mini Apple Pies eliminates the need to go buy 24 little mini pie pans.

miniapplepies4smFill each (unbaked) crust with apple pie filling.

miniapplepies6smIn a bowl, stir together topping ingredients until the dry ingredients are moistened.
I find that melting the butter and stirring it into the flour, oats and sucanat makes a great crumb topping…much less effort than “cutting in the butter”.

miniapplepies7smSprinkle topping all over the top of your little pies.
Try if you can to be as messy about this process as I am.  Sheesh.

Freeze your pies in your buttered muffin pans for a couple of hours.

miniapplepies8smRemove your muffin pans from the freezer and allow them to sit on the counter for 10-15 minutes.  Use a fork to gently pry the pies out of the pan.  Place them carefully into freezer bags and put them bag into the freezer.

To bake your Mini Apple Pies:

Take desired number of pies out of the freezer and place them on a baking pan.  Bake in a 375° oven for 35-45 minutes.  You can let them thaw first if you want…but I find that the frozen pies bake just fine!

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And now I’d like to point out that (depending on how much you use) there is about 1/2 cup of sucanat divided by 24 little pies…making this a very healthy, very low in sugar breakfast.  Much less even than my Applesauce Bread or something otherwise considered a breakfast food.

Bring on the Breakfast Pie!  Shucks…maybe we should even serve it with Ice Cream!

What’s your opinion about serving cobbler or pie for breakfast?  Do I sound like a weirdo?  (Wait, don’t answer that.)
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Need more healthy and family friendly breakfast recipes?  I’ve got a whole page of ‘em here!  And yes, would you believe…you can easily make Homemade Poptarts!!

Comments

  1. Traci says

    I just want to share with you that I have completely enjoyed your site. You’re making “whole food” recipes that our families will actually eat and that taste good…What a change from most sites (Which are still really informative but not really in tune with everyday foods our picky, not so health minded, kids will eat).

    Also, have enjoyed your humor and insite…keep up the good work and keep throwin’ out those recipes to us Moms who need a little inspiration now and then!!!:)

    Blessings, Traci R
    Iowa

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    Diema Reply:

    I agree!

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  2. Lori says

    Do you think you could make the dough with coconut oil? I’m all out of butter at the moment.

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, I think that should work fine. :)

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    Elizabeth Reply:

    how did coconut oil work??

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  3. says

    We have often eaten a fruit pie or cobbler for breakfast (our favorite!). Others that work well as breakfast are pumpkin pie and oatmeal cookies that have wheat germ added. Very nutritious and the kids think they are getting dessert for breakfast!

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  4. Lanise says

    Do you think this would work with peaches? I have some extra peaches that need to be used.

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes for sure!!

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  5. Marianne says

    No I dont think you are a weirdo lol.. I love all these kid friendly recipes! I have a question. I made these and froze in the muffin pan. When I baked them from frozen right to oven the sides fell down as they baked? Do you have this issue? Next time I will try the other option making a fold over type.

    Thanks again for all your yummy and healthy recipes.

    last night we made your sloppy cornbread, but I used taco meat as that is my kids favorite, it was a hit!!

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, mine do that sometimes too. Then last time I made them, I baked them right in the muffin tin and they turned out SO cute!

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    Crystal Reply:

    If your sides are collapsing when baking your frozen pies on a baking sheet, you could try using the original muffin pan used to freeze them in. That would help maintain the integrity of your pies (the shape). HTH

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  6. Lisa says

    Thanks for all your great ideas. You’ve inspired me to cook more in bulk and think ahead instead of flying by the seat of my pants!! I just finished making Carrot Cake Pancakes and they are delicious! Ciao!

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    Virginia Brown Reply:

    Carrot Cake Pancakes!?!?!? I must find that recipe! I LOVE this site!

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  7. Nell says

    Could I use brown sugar and regular flour as I don’t have any whole wheat or sucanat? Or would you have another suggestion? I just didn’t know if it would mess with the integrity of the dough?? Thanks for whatever info you might have! :)

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    Laura Reply:

    Sure, brown sugar and regular flour will work. I’m not sure if the dough will turn out EXACTLY the same…I’m guessing you’ll need more flour to make the dough work correctly.

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  8. Cassie says

    I made these this afternoon and I have soo many good things to say about them!

    ~There were many things that my 4 year old son was able to help with. I like this b/c it gets us spending time together while accomplishing something for the family

    ~I added ground walnuts to the crumb topping and it was wonderful. I hate nuts. I mean ugh, I hate them! so I am always trying to find ways to sneak them in! I just ground them in a coffee grinder and then added it to the topping. you could also had things like wheat germ and flax seeds too, im sure.

    Just wanted to say thanks! I agree with the other ladies. Your site is amazing! fits into our lives so well and I love your personality. hugs to you!! =)

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  9. Sheila says

    Love these for breakfast. Have started using honey almond Greek yogurt rather than plain and it adds a great flavor to the crust. Thanks for simple and nutritious recipes.

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  10. Samantha says

    Okay I made theses and now E. is requesting them EVERY MORNING (on top of his bagle sandwiches)!!!! =] I only made 12 with this recipie because he kept eating the apple mixture! Thank you so much for this! Super easy!

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  11. chelsea says

    I try to stay away from dairy so I’ll use coconut oil instead of butter, but what could I use instead of yogurt? Coconut Cream Concentrate?

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    Laura Reply:

    Sure, try the coconut cream concentrate. Or, just use a different, dairy free pie crust. I think any pie crust would do for this mini apple pie idea!

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  12. Mary says

    We’re new to grinding our own grains. Would we use a soft white (pastry), or a hard white (more bread like) for the crust? Also, if we’re looking to fix one gluten free, could we use oat flour? If so, would we use the same amount?

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    Laura Reply:

    I use hard white wheat for the crust but I THINK soft white should work since this isn’t a yeast recipe. I’m not familiar with cooking with oat flour so I’m not sure if it would work for this recipe or not?

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  13. Crystal says

    Mine are in the oven right now and I can *NOT* wait! :O) I’ve been trying to find a w.w. pie crust that doesn’t fall apart and tastes good too. I’m so super excited to try these. The crust felt perfect while I was handling it… YEAH!!!! Thank you so much for this recipe!

    I ran out of sucanat, so I used honey for the topping mixture. It’s not nearly so crumbly that way, a bit sticky in fact. It sure tasted great on the spoon though! :O) I’m guessing I could have upped the flour or oats to accommodate the added moisture from the honey, but I just used it as it was and used my fingers to break it up on the tops a bit.

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  14. says

    These sound like a great idea! I am trying to sneak more whole grains and fewer processed foods into my family and these may just do the trick at breakfast time (or snack time, etc). I’m thinking I may do a batch with some cranberries in there too so that they are festive with the upcoming holidays. Delish! Thanks so much!

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  15. Ginny says

    Hi, I have a new recipe that I created this year (last week) and I thought you may like it and if so maybe I could message it to ya and you could try it out. Its gingerbread crusted min pumpkin pies with cinnamon whipped cream. So Good and they arent too sweet so I think they would make a great quick breakfast idea. Im only concerned about freezing, I havent tried that yet. they didnt last that long. :)I think the girls and I will try this recipe tomorrow morning!

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  16. stephanie says

    My stomach is growling as I write…I am going to make these for breakfee in the morning if not sooner! It’s sort of dumbfounding to me as to why I wouldn’t have pie for breakfast…duh, it’s fruit! Thanks for making my brain think outside the box too!

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  17. TeriLynne says

    I am a quick-home made type of cook. I make the pocket type apple pies with canned biscuits… just roll them out a little bit and fill them up. Is easy, quick and tastes awesome!

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  18. Robin says

    ooooh this looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing another tasty recipe. I will definitely be trying these out! :)
    Won’t my family be surprised when I make pie for breakfast someday soon! :D

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  19. sona says

    I wanted to love these…..I still want to love them. What went wrong? The filling is good. But the crust, after refrigeration overnight was hard and difficult to work. I am sure over worked hence tough, hard, not appetizing. It just tasted like stale crust with a bit of apple…yet I put as much in as I could without it oozing out the seam. What went wrong?

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    Laura Reply:

    Ah, I should have specified that you leave the dough sitting out on the COUNTER overnight to soak. Putting it in the fridge is fine except that it makes the dough terribly hard to work with. So sorry about that. I’ll go edit the post to be more specific.

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  20. Deb Ostenson says

    How long and at what temperature do you bake the apple pie pockets?

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    Laura Reply:

    You can bake them the same as the mini apple pies: 375 degrees fro 35-45 minutes. :)

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  21. says

    This is fabulous! When you made the apple pockets, did you cook the apples with the sweetener for 10 minutes too?

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, that helps soften them just a bit.

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  22. jessica says

    I was short on apples…so we cut the recipe in half, but I still had some crusts we couldn’t fill(baked them empty). Do you think they would be ok to freeze without anything in them? And any suggestions to put into the empty shells??

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    Laura Reply:

    I know you probably already figured out what to do since I’m so behind in answering questions, but I would think they would freeze just fine, ready to be filled later with pudding to make little cream pies: http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/healthy-treat-for-today-creamy-pudding

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  23. Bre says

    3 things about the crust…
    1st, I would like to substitute about 1 cup of wheat for flex seed meal and use coconut milk for the butter. Is it ok to allow these to soak on the counter too? (or do you only soak the wheat over night and add the other ingredients later?)

    2nd, What about Greek yogurt… well it change the recipe any?

    3rd, I am actually looking for a crust to use for a mini spinach quiche that I am requested to make all the time. I noticed you said it freezes well and I always make them in large batches and freeze them so I am thinking this would be a good fit. However,since I would like to use coconut milk instead of butter I am wondering if this would taste ok with quiche… what do you think? I really don’t consider myself much of a cook so I am not good at guessing the outcomes of recipes! Thanks in advance for the advice!

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    Kris Mays Reply:

    I know Laura will comment. But I would like to suggest coconut oil instead of coconut milk for the butter. I think the milk would taste too coconutty for a quiche crust.

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    Laura Reply:

    The flax seed meal should be fine, but I agree with Kris, coconut oil would work as a better substitute for the butter.

    I THINK Greek yogurt should be fine, but I’ve never used it. And yes, soaking these ingredients on the counter is just fine!

    I think the quiches should freeze just fine (great idea by the way!) but since I’ve not made these with coconut milk, I’m really not sure on the taste.

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  24. Christa says

    I was wondering why you chose to precook the apples and then freeze everything twice. I understand the precook will soften the apples and shorten the total cooking time but was the freezing thing so you’d have them for whenever you wanted?? It’s not a necessary step right? They can just be cooked right away?

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    Laura Reply:

    Right, all of that freezing stuff can be skipped and you can just bake them right away! I was just giving instructions for how to freeze them if you’d like to make them ahead of time and bake them fresh later. :)

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  25. jenn foy says

    I’m 9 months pregnant and have been on a baking/cooking and freezing binge, trying to get ready for the baby. My husband and I have traveled a similar path of eating not-so-healthy to as healthy as can be. I LOVE to cook and can’t tell you how excited I was to find your website. Finding (good) recipes that use whole wheat flour can be difficult sometimes.

    I remember seeing that you have a VitaMix…have you ever used their “dry” blender to grind your flour? If not, I’m going to try it soon and I’ll let you know how it goes…

    Also – what ever happened with the shaved ice business? I’m probably way late in asking…

    Well, thanks again for all of your wonderful recipes and great insight. It’s a joy to read your posts!

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    Laura Reply:

    I actually don’t have a VitaMix (although I’ve talked about them before). My friend has one and used it to grind flour. It works okay, but produces a courser flour.

    The shaved ice business was fun, but a killer on our time, especially for my husband who was trying to work too many jobs at once! We still have our equipment and pull it out from time to time for special events. We’ll probably let our kids do something with it for a small business somettime. We’re really not sure at this point! :)

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  26. says

    I just made these little turnovers today (using the pizza pocket method). They smell great but I can already see in the over that they didn’t seal well. Hmm.. wonder what I could do to help that> Thankfully, I don’t see much of the filling spilling out. They will just be openfaced! :)

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  27. Lyndsay says

    Just wondering if you could freeze the pocket pies after baking? Trying to do a lot of bake ahead snacks and meals for out week in a camper at the fair. We will have access to a microwave for reheating but no oven for actually baking. Hoping to bake them now, freeze them and reheat next week. Thanks!

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, this will work just fine!

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  28. robin bowers says

    i just wanted to say that i made these for my husband,(who is a picky eater) but loves pies. and I’m not one for pies. he now has me making them and baking them then freezing them, so he can take them to work. with him being in the military it made it simple for his lunches or Breakfast.

    i was wondering if we could use other fruit? my daughter loves any kind of fruit. she also likes the pies.

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    Laura Reply:

    You can use any filling you want, including other fruit like peaches or cherries!

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  29. says

    If I am making the pockets, do I cook down the apples before filling them? Or just dice, add sugar & cinn & stuff the pockets to freeze?

    Thanks! We loved the pizza pockets & I’m going to make up these apple ones and also some ham & cheese ones for the freezer. (Ezxpecting a baby soon so I’m trying to stock the freezer.)

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Congrats on expecting a new little one! I think it would be good to
    pre cook the apples before stuffing the pockets to freeze. Otherwise it
    may take much longer to cook them through and the crust could burn in
    that time.

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  30. Lilia says

    Just went apple picking this weekend, can’t wait to try these delicoius looking mini pies. Thanks for the great idea!

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  31. Tracy says

    Laura, Just love this idea and all of your others, too, for that matter! Thanks for the inspiration to continue cooking heathy, fun foods for our families! It truly is a ministry in and of itself to be a stay at home Mom who homeschools, cooks and cares for her family. I’m so blessed to have you walk this path along with me! I’m a little ahead of you (in years only), but love the path you are taking and sharing along with us faithful readers! It truly does inspire me in many ways! Can’t wait to serve these for our Sabbath morning breakfast this week! Many, many thanks and blesseing to you and yours! Tracy

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  32. Sarah says

    I always have a hard time cutting the peel off apples as the peel contains the bulk of the nutrition in an apple. Have you ever made this leaving the peel on the apples?

    BTW my ultra picky 7 year old loves your pretzels and cinnamon rolls! Thanks so much for sharing your recipes!

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, you can leave the peels on the apples when making these!

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  33. Sarah Mulholland says

    These are seriously one of the best things I have ever tasted! Thank you! I am so excited for my husband to come home and try them. Corndog muffins are in the oven!

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  34. Tina says

    If I cook the pies right away without freezing them, can they be cooked for a shorter time period? What if I use a pie crust dough instead of the dough recipe you use?

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    Laura Reply:

    Sure, a pie crust dough would work great instead of this recipe although I believe it would still need the same amount of cooking time.

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  35. says

    I haven’t even read you whole post yet, or any of the comments but I wanted to say that I would 100% rather have some apple pie for breakfast than some poptarts… and easily one of my favorite things about your recipes is that they are healthy, people might say “but butter…” or whatever else but if they really paid attention to all the nasty stuff in the food we buy… well, butter and sugar (obviously in moderation) are by far better for us than all the insane amounts of, uh, crud that they put in foods.
    Ok, I promise I’m done babbling… and I really want to watch the “chocolate cake” bit from Bill Cosby now. hehe

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  36. CeCe says

    Laura,
    Sounds so good. My youngest is 4 and has suddenly become very wary of a lot of foods. This would please her (and me since they are sweetened with sucanat) . But I”m not that much of a cook– so the thought of peeling a bunch of apples makes me cringe. I know you try to stay away from processed stuff, but what about if I used canned apple pie filling? (though I’m concerned about the added sugar from that)

    Anyone else out there done it this way?

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    ChantalMM Reply:

    You don`t need to peel the apples for this recipe. (If you scroll up, you`ll find someone else asking the same thing.) :)

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    CeCe Reply:

    Great to know. Thanks!

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  37. Tonya W. says

    If I bake these fresh and then freeze them, will they reheat well? I don’t often have that much bake time for breakfast on school days, so I was hoping they would reheat well in the microwave or for a shorter period in the oven if they were prebaked. If they wont do as well, then I might just have to commit to getting up early those mornings :)

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    Laura Reply:

    Sure, that will work just fine if you bake them ahead and reheat them in the oven on a school morning.

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  38. eve says

    hey didn’t have time to read all the comments.. but just wondered why do you use yogurt in this dough? is there a substitute? this website is a real blessing!! thanx so much!

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    Laura Reply:

    Yogurt makes the dough taste great, but you could also use milk if you prefer.

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  39. CeCe says

    Laura,
    do you use this pie crust for chicken pot pie? I think I saw Chicken Pot Pie on here before, but can’t find now. Please link if I’m remembering correctly.

    Thanks.

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Laura does not have a recipe for chicken pot pie, but you could use this
    for a crust if you already have a recipe you like!

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  40. Becky says

    I used this recipe but I did soak over night on the counter and it was a pretty sticky dough. It came out good for a calzone type of thing but is there a trick to make it more ” pie crusty” for a apple or pumpkin pie? More flour? Less liquid? The flavor was delicious!

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, I’d go with more flour and see it that works. :)

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  41. crystal says

    Hi there,

    The recipe calls for plain yogurt…do you use regular or a Greek variety?

    Thanks!!

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    Laura Reply:

    I use regular, but I think Greek would work too.

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  42. Amanda says

    When you say to put “Cream” in a recipe, you are talking about real cows cream right?? What if you cant get real cows cream, what do you use?? Thanks

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Laura uses store bought heavy whipping cream. :)

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  43. Renee says

    Laura, I’m so glad my friend referred me to your website! I have one husband and 3 growing boys to feed, so seeing that you have a husband and 4 boys…I was very excited to glance around at these boy-approved recipes! :) I love to cook healthy foods but my boys have gotten a bad idea of what healthy food is – oops – my fault. Your blog has inspired me to try new recipes and get my boys EXCITED about healthy food again!!! And I laughed through much of the reading – your comments are just hilarious! Thanks for sharing – thanks for your humility too!

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  44. Diane says

    for the apple pie pockets — do you still use the topping?

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    Laura Reply:

    No, I skip the topping for the pockets.

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  45. Crystal says

    I think this is a wonderful idea! I can’t wait to try them, however, my husband does not care for the texture of whole wheat flour. He tends to not eat anything that I make with it. Can you suggest an alternative that is healthy but has the texture of all purpose flour? I have been on a journey to completely eliminate all processed foods from our diet but AP flour is one I haven’t been successful in eliminating. Thanks.

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    Laura Reply:

    I grind my own flour from hard white wheat, which is almost the same texture as all purpose. I’d suggest to at least do unbleached all purpose flour as a compromise.

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    Anitra Reply:

    Try “white whole wheat” (I buy King Arthur brand). My family can’t tell the difference between that and unbleached all-purpose flour. I use it for almost all of my baking now (sometimes I cut it with “regular” whole wheat because that’s cheaper).

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