Quick Dessert: Air Fryer Apple Biscuit Pies
Sometimes you just don't want to go out to the grocery store or bakery and buy a pie, much less make one, but you do want a nice dessert. For me, Friday nights--and some other nights--are just that way. So, instead, I rev up my air fryer and make an apple biscuit pie. The fancy food police might not approve, but who's calling them? Making a quick dessert can't get much easier or tastier. The air fryer pies come out crispy on the tops and bottoms and have a sweet-spiced apple filling. The pies are the perfect base for a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, and they're also great "as is." You'll need small pie tins or ramekins for the recipe, apple pie filling (yes, you can substitute another fruit filling), and a tube of big, flaky biscuits. That's about it. Nothing weird or hard to find. The pies take about five minutes to assemble and 15 minutes to cook in your air fryer. They're great! Enjoy!
Air Fryer Apple Biscuit Pies -- Makes 4 - 8
1 tube of large flaky biscuits (the kind that make large/giant biscuits)
1 can of apple pie filling
Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, or apple pie spice
You can make four or eight pies, depending on your preference. I make four and bake the other four biscuits to go with dinner or breakfast the next day. The excess pie filling, I stash in the refrigerator to top pancakes, waffles, or ice cream. Spritz mini-pie tins or large ramekins with non-stick cooking spray. Separate the biscuits and divide each individual biscuit in half, horizontally, making two round layers. Squash one layer in each pie tin, smoothing the biscuit to the edges of the tin and flattening it out (it doesn't need to come up the sides). Divide the pie filling, topping each biscuit layer with some of the filling (or save and refrigerate about half of the filling if you're making only four pies). Sprinkle a little cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice (or use apple pie spice) on top of the apple filling. I use about 1/4 teaspoon of each spice, total. You don't need much. Take the remaining biscuit layers, flatten them out in your palm or on the counter, and place them over the apple filling. It's okay if the layers don't entirely cover the filling on the edges. Spritz the tops of the biscuit layers with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle on some cinnamon sugar (or sugar mixed with a little cinnamon) and spritz the tops again with cooking spray (this keeps the cinnamon sugar from flying out in the air fryer when the air fryer fan runs). Put two pies in your air fryer basket (or however many will fit in your air fryer basket), put the basket in the air fryer, and air fry the pies at 320 degrees for about 15 minutes or until a deep golden brown. Remove the pies to cool and repeat the cooking process with the remaining pies. Let the pies cool in their tins for five to 10 minutes then run a plastic knife along the edges and underneath the pies to remove them from the tins (they should tip out easily if you spritzed the tins with cooking spray). Serve the pies warm with ice cream (okay, whipped cream is pretty good, too). You can also reheat the cooled pies (three-to-five minutes) in the air fryer at 320 degrees.