Gluten Free Brown Butter Apple Hand Pies

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Many years ago, a southern neighbor taught me to make fried apple pies. I wanted something similar but not fried. I combined several recipes I found on the web along with a gluten-free pie crust recipe I found. Although there are several steps, these hand pies are simple. Kids will enjoy helping with the assembly. Terrific warmed in the microwave with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt on the side!

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 2 ½ cups gluten-free all-purpose baking flour

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar (Optional)

  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup butter

  • 2 eggs

  • ¼ cup cold water, or more as needed

Filling:

  • 4 apples, peeled and thinly sliced

  • ¼ cup white sugar (Optional)

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free all-purpose baking flour

  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 6 tablespoons butter

Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or as needed (Optional)

Directions

  1. Pulse 2 1/2 cups flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, xanthan gum, and salt together in a food processor; add 3/4 cup butter, 2 eggs, and cold water. Blend until evenly mixed and crumbly but holds together when pinched; add more cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed. Form dough into a ball, place in a bowl, and chill for 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Mix apples, 1/4 cup white sugar, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, lemon juice, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl.

  4. Melt 6 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat until foamy; continue cooking and stirring until butter is brown with a nutty aroma, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour browned butter over apple mixture; stir to coat.

  5. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness; cut into 4-inch circles. Whisk 1 egg and 1 tablespoon water together in a bowl; brush egg wash over each circle of dough. Spoon about 2 tablespoons apple filling on 1 half of each circle; fold the other half over the filling. Crimp the edges of each pie together using a fork. Place pies on a baking sheet; brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon white sugar.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until pies are lightly browned, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If you don't need it to be gluten-free, you can use any pie crust recipe, pre-made crust, or a can of refrigerated biscuits. Roll each biscuit out to form your crusts.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

372 Calories
28g Fat
30g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 372
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 138mg 46%
Sodium 533mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 122mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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