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Gluten Free Brown Butter Apple Hand Pies

Peggy D

"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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Ingredients

1 h 25 m servings 372 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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Directions

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  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.

Footnotes

  • 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; 28 g fat; 29.8 g carbohydrates; 3.1 g protein; 138 mg cholesterol; 533 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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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 ...