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Apple Hand Pies

by Christa on April 18, 2011

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Come Springtime I feel the need to simply my life. That means cleaning out my closets, donating clothes, organizing ALL my baking stuff, and of course… get a new blog template. This one is clean, fresh and simple. So refreshing!

On a side-note, I just saw a commercial for African Cats. My fiance thinks I’m such a dork because I’m SO excited to see this movie. I’m obsessed with big cats, they are amazing. What are some good movies you all have seen lately? We are always looking for new additions for our Netflix queue. 

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Apple Hand Pies

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon fine salt
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
1/8 cup vegetable shortening, cold
6 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed
1/4 cup icewater

2 granny smith apples (peeled, cored and diced)
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves or nutmeg (your choice)

1. To make the crust first combine the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor. Add the cold cubed butter and cold shortening to the flour mixture. Pulse the food processor until the mixture until the mixture is fine and crumbly. Slowly add the chilled water to the mixture and mix until the crust comes into a large clump. 
2. Set the dough aside in the refrigerator and chill for at least 30 minutes. This will make it easier to roll out.
3. While the dough is chilling, peel, core and dice the 2 apples. In a medium bowl mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and cloves with the diced apples.
4. Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator and roll out onto a floured surface until it is about an 1/8″ -1/4″ thick. Use a large circle cookie cutter (or a tupperware that is 3-4″ in radius). 
5. Put 2-3 TBSP. of apple filling on one half of the crust circle. Fold over the side without the filling and use a fork to cinch the two raw ends together. I used some egg wash one the tops of my pies to give them that extra “golden” touch! (But this isn’t necessary).
6. Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Note: This recipe yielded 10 mini pies for me, but it all depended on the size of your pies.


(Look at that close-up! DANG!)

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Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 April 18, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Love the new template! You're right – it's just so clean. The pies look pretty darn good, too.


Christina April 18, 2011 at 8:57 pm

How cute are these pies. They're perfect to have on a summer picnic. 🙂


cajunlicious April 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Love these, they look delicious! Just came across your amazing blog and am a new follower!
– Jessica @ http://cajunlicious.com


LucyLuPop April 19, 2011 at 3:10 am

They look amazing!

Secondly, I can believe someone else is as excited to see African Cats as I am 🙂


Ali Box April 19, 2011 at 3:54 am

Yay, pie in the minibaker lineup! 🙂


Treat and Trick April 19, 2011 at 4:23 am

Perfect and yummy! Wanna have few pieces for my tea-time…


OvenDelights April 19, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Let's see…..the last time I went to the theater to watch a movie was about 10 yrs. ago, and I can't remember what movie I watched either. I do want to go see "Water for elephants", my daughter read the book and says it should be a good movie, and urges me to also read the book! We will have to see if I make it down to watch it!


Brandy L April 19, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Yummy! these look so good! Thanks for sharing your recipe as well!


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