Apple Cinnamon Hand pies

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Monday, November 25, 2013

Today's recipe is from my drafts. These cute hand pies i made during navrathri, when there was loads of apples around, i made them after making Apple chocolate smoothie. The recipe is inspired from The Blonde Buckeye. I first saw them in Foodgawker's gallery and totally loved the shape of it. I have just replaced the sour cream in the recipe with hung curd and used 50-50 Whole wheat flour and All purpose flour.
I found these hand pies easy to serve than the regular pies. I actually prepared the entire dough into pies and baked 4 at a time, freezing the rest. They come in quite handy when you have  a guest or when you crave for something sweet. These are good to be packed for lunchboxes too, as they are small and handy to pick and eat.

Ingredients (makes a dozen)
For Crust
2 tbsp hung curd
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
4 tbsp Ice Water
1.5 cups Wheat Flour
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
2 tsp Granulated Sugar
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Salt
1 cup very cold Unsalted Butter, cut in ½” cubes
2 tbsp of milk for brushing the top 
For Filling
4 tsp Lemon Juice, divided
2 cups Granny Smith Apples
¼ cup Granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon

For Filling
  • Add 2 teaspoons lemon juice into a large mixing bowl. Peel, core & chop apples into ½” cubes. Toss the chopped apples into the bowl with the lemon juice to keep from browning as you cut them.
  • Add sugar, 2 more teaspoons lemon juice and cinnamon to the apples, mix well. Let the fruit mixture sit in the fridge, until use.

For Crust
  • To prepare hung curd, take about 1/4cup of yogurt and put in a sieve. i used my tea-strainer. Keep it on top of glass/tumbler, so it can drain the whey out. I kept in the fridge for an hour for it to drain.
  • Whisk together hung curd, lemon juice and ice water in a bowl. In another large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add in cold butter cubes & work them into the flour using a pastry cutter, i didn't have one, so i used my hands to incorporate it.
  • When the flour resemble bread crumbs. Add in sour cream mixture and start to mix it in. Once it starts to clump together, form a solid ball out of the pieces. 
  • Divide the dough in 2 disks and wrap each one separately in plastic wrap. Don't work the dough too much to avoid the butter getting warm. Refrigerate the dough packs for 1-2 hours.
To make the pies:
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Once the dough has been chilled, using one pack at a time (leaving the rest in the refrigerator) roll the dough out onto a clean, generously floured work surface. Roll the dough out until about ⅛” thick.
  • Using a large cookie cutter, cut shapes from the dough & place them on the baking tray. Once a batch of 4 or 5 is done, store it in the refrigerator until you’re done with the remainder of the dough.
  • Once all the shapes are cut, place a large spoonful of apple filling onto half of the shapes (leave about a ½” border without filling). Brush the edges with little milk and place another dough shape on top of the filling, stretching the edges to meet one another. Crimp the edges with a fork until sealed. Brush the tops with more milk & cut tiny slits in the tops to vent. Top each pie with a little sprinkle castor sugar.
  • Bake pies for about 20-25 minutes (or until the filling is bubbly and the crust starts to turn golden). Allow to cool on a wire rack for at least 10-20 minutes before handling. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • I made about a dozen pies from the above mentioned measurements.  I made these hand pies for a week. Made the filling one day, the dough the next day. Dough and the filling was in the fridge for about 2 days. Cut out the pies and shaped them and baked about 4 pies a day for the next 3 days. 
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  1. very very interesting hand pie :) looks fabulous and delicious :)

  2. these look so irresistible... i always buy the apple pie from mcd and i guess i should try this...

  3. Wow Lovely my mouth is fild with water, you are tempting me...

  4. wow Priya that looks so inviting...very nice..

  5. these mini pies look so easy and elicious

  6. Oh wow...these look very very inviting...lovely concept.

  7. I love the apple cinnamon combo. Must have be been full of flavours

  8. Wow!! that looks so cute and delicious...

  9. Omg, i can have seriously this cute hand pies anytime with a cup of coffee..


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