Monday, September 24, 2012

Mini Apple Hand Pies

It didn't occur to me until I started writing this post that my nephew refers to the city in which I live (well, okay the metro area in which I live) as "Mini-Apples, Mini-Donuts." But that makes these little pies even better.

What You Need:
Pie Crust (I recommend this recipe, but you can also use store-bought) 
2-3 apples (diced small)
2 Tbsp. corn starch
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 cup brown sugar
butter (optional)
1 egg (beaten)

Yield: 1-2 dozen mini pies, depending on how big you make them

Prepare the filling:

Cut the apples into small pieces. (I chose super-small because I am using a relatively small apple-shaped cookie cutter.)
Add the corn starch, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. Stir to coat. Set aside.

Prepare the Crust:

Roll out the crust to about 1/8" thickness. (It's probably a little thicker than you'd use for a regular pie, but you need to be able to pick it up and work with it.)
Cut two shapes per hand pie. This is an apple cutter that is about 2 1/2" big. (Why I didn't notice when I took the picture that the cutter was upside down, the world will never know.)

For each pie, you will need one "regular-sized" cut-out, and one that you will roll again, to make it large enough to drape over the filling. Same cutter... you just roll over the one on the left a few times to make it a bit larger in all directions.

Brush the smaller cut-out with the beaten egg. (I added red coloring to try to color the apples... it didn't work out. I'd go for regular, old egg.) Place about 1-2 tsp. apple filling on top.

Place the larger cut-out over the whole thing, and press the edges to seal. Brush again with the beaten egg. (You can see in this picture what happens if you don't make the top cut-out bigger. This was the same size as the bottom one. But to stretch it over the apples, it needs to be made bigger.)

Add sprinkles, if you wish, and add a slit in the top to vent. (You may also crimp the edges with a fork, if you want to be sure they're well-sealed.)

Bake at 375-degrees (F) for 20-25 minutes.


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Other Pie Recipes
Other Fall Recipes
Caramel Apple Cupcake Recipe

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, I can't help drooling. I just love the Mini Apple Hand Pies
    Well done!
    If you submitted your Mini Apple Hand Pies photos to , I'll bet they will make you on the home page.
    Gosh, you have made me sooo hungry !


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