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Thursday 28 June 2012

Apple Hand Pies

My family and I loves apple pies.  What about you?  Instead of the normal apple pie tart, today I have baked it into small hand pies; more easy to handle and nibble away.  Some called it pie pockets.  Whatever you wanted to name it, these little pies are yummy.

When I am in a dilemma to which pie dough or crust I intend to choose from, well, as I have mentioned previously, you never go wrong using Martha Stewart's recipes.

Apple Hand Pies

Basic Pie Dough Ingredients
160g all purpose flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp sugar
113g butter
2tbsp – 4 tbsp ice water

In a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar; pulse to combine. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with just a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining.  (Alternatively, you can use your hands to lightly combine together).

Sprinkle with 2-3 tbsp ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed with fingers.  

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Filling Ingredients
2-3 apples, diced small
35g brown butter
60g sugar
1 tbsp raisins, snip to half
½ tsp cinnamon powder
1 tbsp plain flour

Heat frying pan to melt butter and sugar.  Add in the diced apples and raisins, stir fry till apples tender.

Add in cinnamon powder and flour, stir well and dish up.
Leave to cool.
Remove dough from fridge and let stand 5 minutes on room temperature.

Roll out dough about 1/8” thick on flour surface.  Cut out the dough with round cookie cutter, place a spoonful of apple mixture in the center of the dough circle.

Gently brush the edges with the beaten egg. then top with a second dough circle, gently pressing around the edges to help the dough adhere.

With a fork crimp the edges of the pies to seal.   Using your small knife, cut few slits on the top. Brush the tops of the pies with beaten egg, then dust with the sanding sugar.

Bake the hand pies at 160C for about 20-25 minutes.

    Delicious to be eaten when it is still warm.  This pies is delicious using this pie dough,  
    unless you have a better version, do let me know and I shall try yours!


  1. Hi Sonia,
    Thanks for your compliments. It is delicious too...

  2. Hi Mel, you're in pastry mode and mood? :)
    Nice apple pie, yum yum. I love the filling with the tinge of cinnamon flavor.
    Yours very well baked.

    Have a nice day, regards.

  3. These are adorable. I would go for these hand held pies over the traditional ones, any time. :) Best of all is that the bottom of the crust won't get soggy like the big ones.

  4. Amelia
    Yes this little pie is full of cinnamon flavour which I like most.

    I can say is this little ones still stays good to the taste. Just like today for my breakfast, I just took a few pieces and toast in the toaster oven and it is like fresh ones!

  5. These look so yum! They've got a nice sheen and colour...and so pretty too! I love anything apple! Very nicely done :)

    1. Hi Fern
      Thanks for your comment. It is quite easy to make. I am quite please with the overall of this little pies.

  6. wow your hand pies really look very good! mine usually turn out looking like steamed baos because i'm far too lazy to crimp the sides but yours..makes me want to bite into some!

    1. Hi Janine,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, it is indeed very delicious and yummy.

  7. It might sound silly but I just realized that for pie dough we don't have to raise? A ha! I learned something new today. Raising dough scares me but if I don't need to do that, I think I might be able to make pies from scratch! So far I'm a frequent user of pie sheet... =P It might change me!!! This looks delicious and I love the mini pie versions!

    1. Hi Nami
      For pie dough we don't need to raise it unless you are making bread with yeast! This pie dough I will use it again and again, and I don't think I wanna look for others because I just loves Martha Stewart's recipe. You won't go wrong with her recipes! I hope you will give it a try and who knows you might fall in love with this little delicious pie!