Recipe: Apple Hand Pies

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Alright, here is the really simple apple hand pie recipe I promised.

Ingredients:

A little flour for rolling the dough out

Filling:

4 cups of fresh diced apples, about 6 apples

A dash of cinnamon

3-4 tablespoons of sugar or sweetener of choice

1/2  cup of raw oats, any kind will do

Crust: (or use your favorite pie crust)

4 cups of flour (I used a mix of whole wheat and white organic flours)

2 cups of softened butter (salted or unsalted)

1/2 a cup of cold water

2 teaspoons of salt (skip this if your butter is unsalted, but DO NOT skip having salt in the dough. Ask me how I know?)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets or baking pans.

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Place flour and salt in a bowl, add the softened butter. Mix with fingers until well combined. Add the cold water, combine again. You aren’t kneading like you would a bread dough, just mix it enough to combine it well.  Cover and place in the fridge to firm up a bit, it’ll make rolling things out less sticky.

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While the dough is chilling, peel and dice your apples. Place in a medium saucepan your apples, cinnamon and sugar. You don’t need to add any water. Cook over medium high heat until the apples are tender, it will only take about 5 minutes. Stir in the oats and cook for 1 minute. Turn the heat off and let the oats soak up the apple cooking liquid.

While the filling is cooling down. Get your rolling area ready and gather a cookie cutter or cup to shape your little pies, a rolling pin or beer bottle works fine too, a little flour to stop the dough sticking.

Sprinkle your rolling surface with a dusting of flour, take a portion of the dough and roll to about 1/4 an inch thick. Work with small amounts of the dough at a time, you want to roll it out as few times as possible. Each time you roll out the dough, you add flour, too much flour and the dough will start getting tough.

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Cut out or form a circle out of dough with your hands. I used a 4 inch cookie cutter for these. Cut another circle for your top and cut a smaller cut out shape in the middle of this one.

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On your bottom circle, spoon a tablespoon or so of your filling, top it with the second circle and press down the edges with your fingers.

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Or you can use just one circle and fold it over for a smaller serving.

Carefully transfer the hand pies with a spatula to your greased trays. Bake until nice and golden brown, about 15 minutes. These little fall bites are a great after school snack or a tiny taste of delicious-ness after dinner. They would also be nice with a bunch of other goodies on a buffet table.

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