Hand pies are so much fun to make, and they are a great recipe to try with the kids. Let them practice rolling out the dough or forming the pie shapes. They can use small bits of dough to personalize their own little pie, as well, which is really fun for them.
This is a bit more for the advance baker, so, if you aren’t very confident with your baking skills, I recommend buying a pre-made pie dough, then jumping in on the recipe where you start making the filling. This way, you can be sure that your pie dough won’t break or fall apart during assembly or baking.
I hope you enjoy!
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 cups butter
4 tbsp. water
4 apples, peeled and sliced
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/3 cup white sugar
1 egg for an eggwash
First, combine the flour and salt in a bowl. Then, using a pastry cutter, mix in the butter. It will be kind of lumpy, but that’s okay. Then, add the water. The goal is to ensure that all the flour gets wet, without making the dough overly moist. If you still have some dry flour, continue adding 1/2 a tablespoon until the problem is resolved. Cover your dough with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for one hour.
Then, in a pan, melt the butter with the cinnamon and nutmeg on a medium heat. Add the apples, and pour the sugar evenly over the tops. Saute them for about 8 minutes. You want to get the apples to be soft, but not mushy. To check, push a fork into one. It should go into the apple slice easily, but not slip out of the fruit’s flesh.
After your filling is ready, set it aside. Roll out your dough on a floured surface to about 1/2 an inch thick. Then, cut out circles approximately 5 inches in diameter. You can use a cookie cutter, a bowl, or even just a knife. Then, scoop a small amount of filling onto one half of the circle. Fold the other half of the dough over the top, and press the edges to seal it. Then, scramble an egg, and brush it over the tops of the pies. Cut three diagonal slits along the top.
Bake the pies at 375 for about 12-15 minutes, or until the dough is a golden brown color.