I’m not a giant fan of desert – until apples are involved. Once apples enter into the equation, desert is suddenly my favorite dish.
If you’ve never baked before, don’t let that stop you! This was my first attempt at making these and I found them to be surprisingly easy!
There are a few things to know about this recipe before making it:
- You can double it or make larger pies. These were about an inch-and-a-half around and it made 9 pies. I used a half batch of our pie dough. Rather than retyping the recipe, use it as a guideline.
- The pies can be pressed together by hand but I prefer using a fork.
- Seal the edges by pressing them with a small fork (I use a 2-tined lobster fork). When securing the edges, don’t be too heavy handed. You only need to push enough dough together to secure it (if you push down a wide edge, the hand pies will look like UFO’s and have a disc-like edge to them.
- A circular cookie cutter makes the best circles though you could use a glass if you don’t have one (the cookie cutter will make a cleaner cut)
Apple Hand Pies – Ingredients
- 0.5 pie dough cut into circles (you can re-roll scraps to make additional discs)
- 1 apple
- 1 tablespoon sour cream
- 2 tablespoons whiskey
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 egg
Apple Hand Pies – Instructions
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Prepare the filing after making the dough (but before rolling it out).
- Chop apples as small as possible.
- Toss apples with the other ingredients (other than the egg). Let it rest for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. You will have extra filling which can be eaten on it’s own, added to smoothies or served with the hand pies.
- Roll dough thin and cut into discs.
- Break egg into a bowl and scramble with a fork.
- Brush each disc with egg (an actual brush is a luxury; I used the back of a spoon).
- Use a fork to lay a small amount of apple (without extra liquid) onto half the discs.
- Cover the discs with the other pieces, pinch together with a small fork (read the notes above if you haven’t).
- Brush the tops of the pies with a layer of egg (this will help them brown).
- Poke small holes into the top of the hand pies.
- Place hand pies into oven on parchment paper (and a baking sheet or pizza stone)
- Bake for 15 minutes, checking after 10 and 12. They are done when delightfully golden!
- Place on a rack to cool!