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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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
35 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Crust:
Filling:
Egg Wash:

Directions

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  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

372 calories; protein 3.1g 6% DV; carbohydrates 29.8g 10% DV; fat 28g 43% DV; cholesterol 138.4mg 46% DV; sodium 533mg 21% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
08/07/2015
I am not much of a baker -- so keep that in mind. I had trouble with the "crumbly but holds together" description; I added lots of extra flour to get the dough as described then after chilling and rolling discovered it was much too dry. Worked in a little more water until it would roll out. Other than that the recipe worked fine and the turnovers are very good especially drizzled with honey! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/07/2015
I am not much of a baker -- so keep that in mind. I had trouble with the "crumbly but holds together" description; I added lots of extra flour to get the dough as described then after chilling and rolling discovered it was much too dry. Worked in a little more water until it would roll out. Other than that the recipe worked fine and the turnovers are very good especially drizzled with honey! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2019
I had the HARDEST time with the dough. It was either too crumbly or too soft. Tip: Use a knife to get the dough off of the surface you're using to make the pies I think my difficulties were in part because of the fact that I had to hand mix the dough and also had no rolling pin. Other than that this recipe was very easy. Just got these out of the oven they are SOOOOOOOO good! Read More