Besides being my birthday season, I absolutely love everything about the Fall. From the apple picking, the delicious root vegetables and the leaves changing colours it really doesn’t get any better then that. Every year I make it a point to drive up to Milton to pick my own apples from one of my favourite orchards off the 5 side rd, it’s really a wonderful tradition.
I always end up making apple pies, apple crumble, or some sort of apple cake but this year I decided to change things up by making Homemade Apple Hand Pies ! And boy! let me tell you what a wonderful idea it was.
I’m not going to lie and say it was easy, since there are definitely many steps involved, but I will say it really does help if you pre make the dough beforehand. You can find my fantastic easy pie crust recipe already up on the blog to get you started!
- 3 or 4 tart apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- Juice from half a lemon
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Remove dough from the refrigerator and roll it out on a lightly floured surface until the dough is about ¼-inch thick. Using a bowl, punch out circular holes in the dough and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Re-roll the dough and continue punching out circles until there is no dough left.
- From there spoon 1-2 tablespoons of the filling into the center of each dough circle. Using your fingers, seal the edges of the dough circles by pressing it together. You can use a fork, create a decorative edging over the sealed portion of the dough if you like. Repeat this process until all of your pies are sealed and arranged on the cookie sheet with at least ½ an inch space between them.
- Preheat oven to 450°F. Using a knife, score each pie two or three times on top. Place your cookie sheets back in the refrigerator until the oven has preheated.
- To bake, place cookie sheet on middle rack and bake at 450°F for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F, and bake for another 15-20 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. Remove from oven, and allow to cool on a wire rack until room temperature.
- You can also feel free to make and drizzle a sugar glaze on top, if you want to make it extra sweet!