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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!