May 29, 2013

Apple Hand Pies

I'm not sure why apple pie has been on my mind lately.  Well we had some company coming for the NASCAR race this past weekend and I was looking for some all American dessert to serve them.  I initially made an apple pie, it looked beautiful and I was full of hope for it....but sadly it didn't taste very old fashioned.  So out of panic I quickly found a couple of recipes online that I decided to make and I'm very happy with how it turned out.  Not only does it have a old fashioned taste, it is also portable.  It's a win win!

The filling was perfectly simple, apples, cinnamon and sugar that are sautéed in a pan with some butter before being added to a little round of crust and made into these cute little hand pies.

Old Fashioned All-American Apple Pie Filling

  • 1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • About 1/2 cup granulated sugar, depends on the sweetness of the apples
  • ground cinnamon
  • 5 or 6 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp butter
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large frying pan add the butter and let melt over medium heat.
  2. Add the diced apples and let cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until the sauce begins to thicken slightly.
  4. Remove from the heat.

Perfect Pie Crust
The Pioneer Woman

  • Make the pie crust as instructed above with the link.  Refrigerate so it is very cold. 
  • Roll out 1/3 of the dough and cut into round shapes, I used a 3" round cutter. 
  • Use about 1 Tbsp filling for the middle. 
  • Make some egg wash using 1 egg and 1 Tbsp of water and put some on the lower 1/2 of the round so the edges will seal better. 
  • Fold over the other half of the round and crimp the edges with either a fork or your hands. 
  • Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. 
  • Bake at 350º for 30 minutes. 

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