Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Apple Hand Pies


Have apples?  Then make these easy apple hand pies with a bit of caramel | Cooking on the Front Burner

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Well, we still have about a bushel full of apples that I've been trying to use up - I've made pies, apple cake, crisps, risotto and for today these Apple Hand Pies!  I mean what's a girl to do with all these apples.  I think we loaded up our family and friends as much as they were able to use, so now we are coming into the home stretch and I really don't want to throw any away.

We have eaten our share too so now I'm thinking making a big batch of applesauce is next on my list.  I think you can freeze it, right?  I'll give it a try and let you know how I make out.  PLEASE feel free to send me some apple recipes too!

Apple Hand Pies

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: about 20 minutes
Yield about 16 pies
Ingredients
  • 4 cups peeled diced apples (about 1/4")
  • 2 tbls flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 package pre-made pie crusts (I use Trader Joe's)
  • 1 egg
  • caramel sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and then line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl add the diced apples and toss with the flour then stir in the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg - set aside
  3. On a floured cutting board, roll out the pre-made dough until it is about 1/8" thick
  4. Using a 3" round biscuit cutter, cut 16 circles from each big circle; reuse dough and roll out again as needed. (The crust from Trader Joe's is larger than other brands on the market so the number of circles you get could vary)
  5. Place about 2-3 tablespoons of the apple mixture on the center of 16 circles then if desired add about 1/2 tsp of caramel sauce on top.
  6. Place the remaining dough on top. Pinch to seal then press a fork around the entire edge
  7. Make an egg wash by slightly beating one egg with 1 tbl of water; brush tops then cut 2 or 3 slits onto dough
  8. Place on cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown and apples are tender
  9. Cool on wire racks
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I know I've said this before but I really love Trader Joe's pie crust (it is in the frozen section)  It is the closest to homemade I've ever had - so flaky - don't you agree?

Have apples?  Then make these easy apple hand pies with a bit of caramel | Cooking on the Front Burner

If desired, sprinkle some coarse sugar on top after applying egg wash.  Or I'm thinking a drizzle of glaze after they cool would be a good idea too!

Have apples?  Then make these easy apple hand pies with a bit of caramel | Cooking on the Front Burner


29 comments:

  1. These look so good. I wanted to make hand pies for thanksgiving this year. I'm gonna try out this version for the apple pie!

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  2. Delicious hand pies, Deb! I think having all of those apples are a nice "problem" to have. haha Slow cooker applesauce would be my guess, and I would think you could freeze it. You can use the applesauce to make cookies, which my friend Kristi did at http://www.inspirationkitchen.com/2014/11/01/applesauce-cookies/ and she has a slow cooker applesauce recipe too, because she has an abundance of apples too!

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  3. I love these. They look so adorable. I'm sure I'd end up eating the whole batch!

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  4. hand pies are my favorite way t eat pie - these look delicious Deb

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  5. Where does the 1/2 sugar go??? Apples and flour I would think.

    Charlotte Moore

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    1. Yes Charlotte - I updated the recipe - thanks for catching that!

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  6. I love Apple Hand Pies! I remember making these with my grandermother when I was a child. We would go to the apple orchard, pick apples and then come home and make hand pies. These look delicious!

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  7. I'm feeling inspired and a little sheepish reading this post. I bought a little gadget to make hand pies and I never have- seeing your great results and recipe I'm thinking the upcoming Polar Vortex days might be a perfect time to give them a try.

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  8. Recently I have liked the idea of making individual desserts. This reminds me of fried apple pies my mother used to make which makes me very anxious to try this recipe.

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  9. I love these hand pies! They look amazing, Deb! Apple desserts are one of my favorites around this time of year so I love that you are sharing so many apple treats :)

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  10. Yum!! I wish I lived closer, I would gladly take some of these off you hands, lol ;)

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  11. I really wish I was your neighbor so you could share all these yummy apple creations with me! These look deelicious, Deb!

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  12. Hi Deb, I know what you mean about the bushel of apples. I love your apple hand pies, I'll have to try Trader Joe's pie crust. Thanks so much for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday party this weekend. Pinning/sharing. Looking forward to seeing you again soon with another delicious recipe.

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  13. Hi Deb,
    Your Apple Hand Pies look delicious! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  14. I love apples and hand pies. Yours are adorable! I would love if you would share this at my blog party, Celebrate It! The party is all about celebrating our wonderful everyday life!
    http://thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2014/11/celebrate-it-blog-party-18.html

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  15. These look delicious and would make great individual desert gifts. Has anyone tried making and freezing?

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  16. I've got 99 problems, too many apples is not one of them. This looks fantastic and your photos rock. I will definitely be making these asap. My hubby and kids thank you.

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  17. These look wonderful! And yes, I too love TJ's crust when I don't make my own. So tender and flaky and you can see the bits of butter in it. Always have one in the freezer.

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  18. has anyone tried to freeze these? If so how were they when you thawed them out?

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    1. I have never tried to freeze these so sorry I can't answer that.

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    2. I was going to ask the same thing! Haha going to make them today and then try to bake them on Thanksgiving instead

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    3. Boy, I wish I knew the answer - part of me thinks yes but I haven't done it!

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  19. I've never made hand pies before, but these look delicious!! I am definitely pinning this for later!

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  20. I have never made hand pies before but I think they are a great idea! Pinning to my apple desserts recipe board!

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    1. We loved the portion size - perfect for one person.

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  21. Just made your pies and they are delicious!!! Thank you!

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  22. Just made your pies and they are delicious!!! Thank you!

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