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
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: about 20 minutes
Yield about 16 pies
- 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
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees and then line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper
- In a medium bowl add the diced apples and toss with the flour then stir in the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg - set aside
- On a floured cutting board, roll out the pre-made dough until it is about 1/8" thick
- 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)
- 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.
- Place the remaining dough on top. Pinch to seal then press a fork around the entire edge
- Make an egg wash by slightly beating one egg with 1 tbl of water; brush tops then cut 2 or 3 slits onto dough
- Place on cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown and apples are tender
- 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?
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!
Other apple recipes - Apple Crepes
Apple Walnut Cake