I love this time of year. Kids are in school. The weather starts to cool and in NY it’s everything apple. The apple cider here is delicious. I love to go to a place where they serve cider, cider slushies and warm pastries and donuts. My favorite is the Apple Hand Pie. I had a can of canned Apple filling so I decided to make some at home.
Apple Hand Pies
For the crust:
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup chilled shortening, (I used Crisco brand)
3-6 Tablespoons ice cold water
FOR THE FILLING
1 Can apple pie filling
For the glaze
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup confectioner sugar, more if mix is too runny
you also need one egg for an egg wash before baking, beat egg and brush over pie
Pre-Heat Oven 350 degrees
In a large mixing bowl, mix flour and salt.
Place shortening in bowl, using a pastry blender, in an up and down motion mix until it looks like pea sized crumbs.
Sprinkle in 3 tablespoons cold water over the flour mixture. Using a fork distribute the water evenly into the flour. Press the chunks to the bottom of bowl with fork, add more water by the tablespoon until dough is held together when pressed.
Shape dough into about 8 balls and roll each one individually
Add about 1 tablespoon apple filling, crimp edges to completely close pies so filling does not run.
Place on a Parchment lined cookie sheet, add an egg wash before baking
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.