Saturday, January 29, 2011

Maple Leaf-shaped Apple Hand Pies

These little maple leaf-shaped apple pies bring out my patriotic side.

Every now and then something I've baked comes along and bullies its way to the head of the queue. I let it push past all my previous favourites-- muffins and cupcakes I've been waiting to post for days or weeks. There are some poor, forgotten goods from months ago that still haven't gotten their time in the spotlight because something infinitely more amazing comes along.

My fickleness and lack of sentimentality know no bounds.
This happened today with these adorable maple leaf hand pies. Filled with a caramely spiced apple centre, they were too delicious to have to wait.

The boy and I are enjoying these today between snuggles and dance parties. I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!

Apple Hand Pies


2 cups flour
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp cold butter, cut into pieces
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar (could be reduced to 1/4 cup)

2-3 apples, cut into smalls chunks (I used granny smith)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Other stuff:
1 Egg white

1.  Make the pastry: Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl. Cut in the butter, and pinch with the fingers to make fine crumbs. Make a well in the middle.  Stir together egg and sugar, and pour into the well. Swiftly mix in with the fingertips until the mixture forms a dough.  Do not overmix. Divide into 2 disks, wrap in plastic, and chill in fridge for at least an hour.
2. Make the filling: Mix together the apples, sugar and spices. (Try not to eat it all!)
3. Roll out pie crust until 1/4 to 1/6th of an inch or so thick. Use a large cookie cutter to cut out the pie shapes.
4.  Place cut-out dough on cookie sheet, and spoon 1 - 2 tbsp of filling in the middle. Place another cut-out on top. Press together the edges with fork, using egg white when needed to help it stick.
5.  Brush tops with egg whites and bake for 25-35 minutes, until golden brown. (Watch carefully!)


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