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Baked apple crumble on a wooden platter

Mini crumble apple pie

After dropping our Mini crumble apple pie pins on social media, our followers got curious! These mini pies with butter vanilla streusel got a little famous! We have decided to share this recipe! These little apple pies are for many occasions! You can bake them for high tea, dessert, holidays or even birthdays. We get plenty of requests to bake these little pies for any occasion. For this recipe, we make our own streusel and flavor them with butter vanilla. Our streusel comes in different flavors, like almond, lemon, orange and even cinnamon.

For this recipe you need springform baking pans which are only 4 inches! These springforms baking pans are not everywhere for sale. You need to google them first where they are for sale! This size isn’t regular, but becomes more popular in the baking world. Kitchen or baking supply stores will sell them.

Close up view of stainless steel bowl with Dutch apple pie dough

Vienna dough European pie crust

Our little apple pies are made with our own Vienna dough recipe. Vienna dough is European pie crust with lemon zest. This dough remains soft during baking and is soft when you eat this. For this recipe, we advise you to prepare the dough the evening before baking these pies. The lemon zest and vanilla have plenty of time to chill in the refrigerator. Chill time in the refrigerator for Vienna dough is at least 3 hours. Prepare this dough with cold butter and wrap the dough in plastic film.

4 inch springform baking pan with Vienna dough
4 inch springform baking pan with Vienna dough and apple pie filling

little baking pans

As you can see, for this recipe we are using small springform baking pans. These springform pans are easy to bake European apple pies and other baking recipes. You can easy remove the ring and attach them to the bottom part of the ring. Make sure you brush the bottom part and ring with butter and cover with parchment paper (bottom part only!). The other alternative are 4 inch rings without bottom part. Brush the rings with butter and make sure you press with the same ring into the dough. That will be the bottom part! As you can see the dough should be not that thin and not too thick either!

 Thin dough will break apple pies quick and thick layers of dough is too much either! 1/4 inch thick is perfect for any apple pie! When your little apple pies are ready, you will see how nice the outside of the pie looks

Brushing apricot jam on apple pie filling.
Little springform baking pan with apple pie and streusel topping unbaked.

Steusel with flavor

We make alot of apple pies with different toppings. Some like regular dough top, but we also make apple pie with streusel. Our streusel comes with flavor! Most common are vanilla and lemon. For vanilla streusel we use butter vanilla extract and for lemon flavor, we use lemon zest. In Europe you see streusel which are light crispy, other parts of the world, streusel are thicker. For our Vienna dough and streusel recipe, we use low protein flour. All purpose flour is high protein flour which give the dough more compact effect and is less soft!

After baking

Baking time for these little pies are 45 to 50 minutes. It depends on your oven. We bake them in 45 minutes! When these little apple pies are ready, don’t remove the ring! The dough will break because of the oven heat! Let these pies cool off until room temperature! Be careful when you remove the ring! Cold pies are easy to work with and you can remove the ring easy!

When we bake these little apple pies in the morning, we remove the rings late in the afternoon! Also you can keep the pies in the refrigerator until use. We don’t put our pies in the freezer!

1 Mini pie

Mini crumble apple pie

20 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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    Vienna dough (European pie crust)
  • 2 cups (300 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (225 grams) white caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 lemonzest (1 lemon)
  • 2 sticks ( 226 grams) butter cold in cubes
  • 1 small egg (whisked)
  • Apple pie filling
  • 4 Jonagold or other cooking apples (cut in cubes)
  • 1 cup mixed soaked raisins
  • 1 tbsp of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp lemonjuice
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon or apple pie spices
  • Butter vanilla crumles
  • 3/4 cup (190 grams) pastry flour
  • 2/3 cup (150 grams) cold butter in cubes
  • 3/4 cup (80 grams) white caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
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    Vienna dough directions
  1. Use a mixer with dough hook and mix on low speed 2 sticks (in cubes) cold butter with 1 cup of white caster sugar until incorporated.
  2. Sift in a seperate bowl 2 cups of all purpose flour and 1 tsp of baking powder, 1/2 tsp of baking soda and mix this on low speed with butter and sugar.
  3. Add lemonzest of 1 lemon and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Mix for another 30 seconds and add 1/2 tsp of salt 1 small egg (whisked like egg wash)
  4. Continue to mix until you see all ingredients are incorporated. Knead by 1 one flat rectangular or ball and wrap this with plastic film. Keep this refrigerated for at least 3 hours.
  5. Apple pie filling directions
  6. Peel 4 Jonagold or cooked apples and cut them in small cubes. Sprinkle your batch of apple cubes with 1 tsp of lemon juice and 1 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar.
  7. Use 1 cup of soaked raisins (On liquor or plain). Make sure their are dried in a sift or strainer for about 20 minutes. Then blend with apples.
  8. At last, blend apple cubes and soaked raisins with 3/4 tsp of cinnamon or apple pie spices. mix all ingredients well with an utensil spoon until incorporated.
  9. Making mini pies.
  10. For this recipe you need 4 to 5 inch rings or springform rings. Brush the rings and bottoms with butter. When you use a mini springform, you have a bottom too! Cover the bottom with parchment paper. Place this on top of the brushed butter layer.
  11. Use a rolling pin and make a flat piece of dough (about 1/4 inch thick). Cover the bottom with dough. When you use only rings, use your ring as cookie cutter and cut out the bottom rounds and cover inside the ring wit dough.
  12. Fill your rings with apple pie filling until the top of the rings.
  13. Butter vanilla crumble directions
  14. Make this recipe at least 2 hours before use or the night before. Use a mixer with dough hook and mix on low speed 2/3 cup of cold butter (in cubes) with 3/4 cup of white caster sugar on low speed!
  15. Add 1 tbsp of whole milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp of coarse salt to the batch. Mix for another 30 seconds.
  16. Sift flour and mix this with butter until you see crumbles. Not longer than 2 to 3 minutes. Stop mixing and crumble with hands until you see only crumbles. Keep this refrigerated for about 2 hours.
  17. Put these crumbles on top of each ring until you nee no apple pie filling.
  18. Pre heat your oven on 320F/160C for about 10 minutes and bake these mini apple pies in 45 minutes.
  19. After baking, let them cool off to room temperature, then remove gently the rings from the apple pies. When the pies are still warm, the dough can break!


Prep time is without refrigerator storage time. Chill dough overnight inthe refrigerator Use cooking apples or Jonagold apples for this recipe. See links for soaked raisins recipe. For this recipe, you need 4 inch mini springform pans.

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These mini pies are not difficult to make, only it is important to take time for the dough and cool off time. If you have any questions about this recipe, please use our comment box below. For more apple pie recipes or pins, please check our Pinterest board.

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