These things are so good that your family will have you making them all the time. If you like the little apple pies at McDonald's, these ones are TEN times as good and not gluey-tasting because you use fresh apples. They also make an elegant dessert for dinner parties and few desserts could be cheaper or easier to pull off when you're pressed for time because you can do everything but the baking in advance. I developed this recipe after giving it a lot of thought and my very first batch came out perfect. This recipe handles "mistakes" really well but I have prepared detailed instructions to make it as easy as possible for you -- just make sure that you read the recipe all the way through prior to starting. The crust comes out soft and tender. Prep time does NOT include marinating time but does include apple peeling time. Enjoy!