Anyone that knows me, knows that I have a serious weakness for hand pies …OK, ANY kind of pie, but hand pies just seem more special somehow. First, they are individual pies, so you get to eat a whole one by yourself…or two…or five! I love how the half moon shape fits perfectly into the palm of your hand…Hmmm, I wonder if that’s how they got their name? Probably! If not, that’s a heck of a coincidence! 😉
Anyway, this recipe is simply amazing. Of course, apple and cheddar go together like…me and hand pies! The crust bakes up buttery and flaky and oh so good. I dare you to eat just one!
There are a couple of steps to make this recipe, but believe me when I tell you that they are well worth it! Once you taste one of these scrumptious pockets of delight, you will forget about anything else.
Basically, you make the crust first, and while it is chilling, you make the filling. Hey! That rhymes!
Then, you roll out your crust, and cut it into circles, and put the filling right in the middle of each one. Then you carefully fold the circles in half and seal the edges with a little bit of water and a fork to make a decorative edge.
Then, you just put the pies onto a baking sheet, put them into the oven, and sit back and wait for the most heavenly hand pie experience ever!
Can you taste them now? I bet you want to! Well, what are you waiting for? These babies bake up in only 30 minutes! Try them….You can thank me later.
- 2½ cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 tsp sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 14 Tbs (1¾ sticks) cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 4 oz white cheddar cheese, coarsely grated (about 1½ cups)
- ½ cup ice water
- 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced*
- 3 Cortland apples, peeled, cored and diced*
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp nutmeg
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp ground cloves (optional)
- 1 Tbs unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- ( *Any type of crisp apples work well with this recipe )
- 1 egg yolk, beaten with 2 Tbs water
- Demerara or Turbinado sugar
- Process flour, sugar and salt in a food processor
- Add butter, and pulse until pea-sized lumps appear
- Add cheese and pulse lightly to mix
- With processor running, add ice water slowly
- Process just until dough comes together
- Turn dough out onto clean surface
- Gather into a block and wrap in plastic wrap
- Refrigerate until cold, at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Divide dough into 2 equal pieces, and put second piece back into refrigerator
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out other half of dough to about ⅛" thickness
- Use a 4½" round cutter (a small bowl or large glass works great for this)
- Cut 5 or 6 circles out of the rolled dough
- Gather remaining scraps of dough, re-roll them and cut again
- Transfer the circles to a parchment lined baking sheet
- Place baking sheet in the refrigerator for 30 minutes
- Repeat the roll, cut and chill process with the other half of the dough.
- Stir together apples, sugar, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
- remove chilled dough from the refrigerator
- Spoon 1-2 Tbs of filling onto each circle
- Using your finger, rub a little water on the edges of the dough circle
- fold the circle in half to create a half moon
- Seal the pies by using a fork to crimp around the curved edge
- Repeat process until all pies are done.
- Put the baking sheets back into the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes once again
- Remove the chilled pies from the refrigerator
- Cut a tiny slit in the top of each one
- Lightly brush tops of pies with egg wash
- Sprinkle tops of pies with demerara sugar
- Place baking sheets in oven to bake for 10 minutes
- Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees
- Bake pies until they are golden brown, about 20 minutes
- Remove pies from the oven, and let stand for 10 minutes to cool slightly before serving
Enjoy these with a nice bowl of vanilla ice cream, or a rich vanilla custard for an extra special treat.
“Good things come to those who bake.” – Anonymous
Salty kisses and sandy hugs! xoxo – Michele