This is a really cute idea for entertaining.
5 to 6 granny smith apples
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp brown sugar
Preheat oven to 375˚. Cut the top of 4 apples off and discard. Remove the inside of each apple with a spoon or melon baller very carefully, as to not puncture the peel. Salvage as much as you can so you can use it for the next step. This recipe will make 4 baked apple pies (in the apple).
Remove skin from remaining apple(s) and slice very thinly. These apple pieces will give you the additional filling needed to fill the four apples you are baking. Mix sliced apples with sugars and cinnamon in a bowl. If you prefer more or less cinnamon make adjustments as desired. Same goes for the sugar. Scoop sliced apples into hollow apples.
Roll out pie crust and slice into 1/4 inch strips. I use a pizza cutter. You can also add a strip of pastry inside the top of the apple almost like a liner to add a little more texture/sweetness to the pie. Cover the top of the apple in a lattice pattern with pie crust strips.
Place apples in an 8×8 pan. Add just enough water to the cover the bottom of the pan. Cover with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and sliced apples are soft.
These pies are best served with ice cream (duh.)