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Apple Hand Pies

Apple Hand Pies

“Santa Claus is coming to town…”. Only a few days remain until Christmas Eve, so i think it is okay to have this song stuck on my head. Ever since I can remember, christmas time was always my favourite time of the year. I know this sounds like a phrase somehow, but I really love how everything around me turns calm and the christmas lighting of almost every window lights up the city. The only missing thing for a perfect christmas season is snow. Unfortunatly I am living in a city, where it rarely snows. Ironically, we have a really high rainfall, but we hardly ever get snow. In fact, it is just to warm for snow at the moment, that we can only hope and dream of white christmas here in North Gemany.

Apple Hand Pies

So what to be done to get in christmas mood, anyway? Here are my suggestions: 1. Accessorize your home. 2. Drink hot and spicy beverages. I even recommend hot wine punch (called Glühwein here in Germany). 3. Bake and eat (of course!) a loooooot of cookies. And last but not least 4. Cinnamon – there is nothing more christmassy than cinnamon. So bake these cinnamon spicy apple hand pies (which can be baked all the year actually) to check off item 3 and 4 to get in christmas mood, if you are not yet 😉

Apple Hand Pies

Apple Hand Pies
 
18-20 Hand Pies
Ingredients
pie crust:
  • 70 g cold butter, cubed
  • 140g all purpose flour
  • 45 g icing sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp. cold milk
filling:
  • 1 small apple
  • 10 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp. corn starch
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 small egg, for egg wash
  • some granulated sugar, for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Whisk flour with salt and icing sugar.
  2. Add butter and with a mixer or food processor mix all together until you have a cumbly mixture.
  3. Add slowy the water to the mixture and work it together until you have a smooth dough.
  4. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and let rest in the fridge for at least one hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 190° C.
  6. Peel apple and cut into small cubes.
  7. In a bowl, combine apples, icing sugar, ground cinnamon, corn starch and lemon juice.
  8. Flour you work surface lightly and roll out dough to (approx) 1-2 mm thickness. Cut out rounds (4-6 cm). Rerolling scraps if necessary.
  9. Line a baking sheet with baking paper.
  10. Cut half of the circles crosswise.
  11. Top the other half of the circles with about ½-1 tablespoon of apple mixture and with the crosswise cutted circles.
  12. Press together the edges by using a folk.
  13. Whisk egg well.
  14. Lightly brush the hand pies with egg wash and sprinkle some granulated sugar.
  15. Bake for about 18-20 minutes.

Apple Hand Pies

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2 Comments

    • Viet-Huong | My blue teacup says

      Thank you very much, dear!
      Ooooh, 39° C sounds like really hot christmas. But I hope you are in christmas mood though 🙂

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