apple hand pies

21 Sep

ladies and gentlemen fall officially starts tomorrow!! hot chai, scarves, leggings, sweaters, apple pie. fall is my most favorite season. and upon moving to the mid-west i finally started to experience it. i pretended fall in texas, but i get a real one up here in kc. my windows have been open and i’ve been chilly inside for the first september of my life! it is a glorious thing. one of my favorite things about fall is apple pie. well really it’s weather that sits in the 50’s and 60’s but apple pie makes it even better. and these little pies are fall’s best friend right in the palm of your hand. they’re warm, flaky and just the right amount of gooey. pop them into a picnic basket or just straight into your mouth. they’re pure happiness. for those of you in the warmer parts of the world… i do feel empathy for you. so sorry the sun steals away any sign of cool weather. but crank up the a/c put on a sweater and make one of these happy treats.

the apples need to be pre-cooked to get them to be gooey in their little pie crust pocket. but once you’ve done that tiny bit of leg work the perfect little hand pie will be coming out of your oven in no time.

so let’s keep this short and sweet. here is your recipe for fall apple hand pies.

adapted from ken haedrich’s book pie

filling:

2 1/2 large peeled and apples diced into bite size chunks
3 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch
big pinch of cinnamon
big pinch of nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 1/2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

combine the juice, apples, and 2 tablespoons sugar into a medium sauce pan. bring to a boil over medium-high heat, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring a few times. stir remaining sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg into apple mixture and cook for another minute. stir in zest and pour mixture out onto a plate to cool to room temp.

crust:

1 cup all-purpose flour

2/3 cup cake flour
2 tablespoons sugar plus a little extra for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
5 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1/4 cup cold water

milk or one beaten egg

put dry ingredients into food process or and pulse a few times. add butter, pulse 6-7 times, fluff with a fork, add shortening, pulse 6-7 times, fluff, add water a little at a time and pulse until coarse crumbs form. turn out onto floured surface. form into 6 equally sized small balls and roll out into 8″ circles. fill each circle with some of the apple mixture, fold over and with wet fingers pinch down the sides. place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet (or i use one of these baking mats) and brush with milk or an egg wash and poke a few tiny holes for ventilation. sprinkle with sugar and bake in a pre-heated oven 400 F oven for 10 min. turn down heat to 375 F and cook for an additional 20 minutes. sprinkle a little more sugar on top as soon as they’re out of the oven. let them cool until they’re cool enough to hold and then eat!

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