Mmmmmm.....these little apple hand pies are simply delicious. To be honest, I do not enjoy making them. In fact, they are a pain in the ass but the results are so yummy that every once in awhile I make them. This is one of those days. Yeah, I guess I could do it the really quick way and purchase pie crust or puff pastry and I could also purchase the apple filling. But I had a big supply of apples and these are what came to mind. I made the apple pie filling yesterday, I made the dough last night and put them all together today. By the time I was putting the last hand pie together, I was sooo ready to be done. Ugh! I'm not going to post a recipe because I just made it up as I went along and each time I make these they turn out a bit different than the last time. If you have a favorite pie crust recipe, then throw that together. The filling could easily come out of a can. Any filling would be great - one time I used the "Wilderness Raspberry Pie Filling" and it turned out to be one of my favorite pies I've ever made. I think I might have thrown a handful of fresh raspberries in there for better flavor and texture. I've made peach, blackberry, raspberry and also lemon. I had some left over buttercream icing from the baby shower cake the other day so I heated it up and spread it over the finished pies. It was wonderful.
I was careful to make sure I securely sealed each pie edge. In the past I've had many a pies that have leaked. Before going in the oven, I brushed the dough with heavy cream.
Aren't they...um.......rustic looking? They aren't the most beautiful pies but believe me, they are so delicious. I have a difficult time getting them all to look the same. I don't even try, really.
My pie dough turned out really tasty this time and super flakey. I put shortening AND butter in the crust and instead of ice cold water, I used cold heavy whipping cream. Oh, and a touch of vinegar which is supposed to make crusts more flaky. It was pretty good and that's saying a lot because I'm not good at pie crusts!
My apple filling was perfectly spiced and just the right thickness. I used a bit of cornstarch and a bit of tapioca starch to thicken it. I sweetened the filling with both granulated and brown sugar.