Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Vegan Apple Hand Pies

"It's, like... a home run pie!" Says Honey as he bites into one of these little palm sized lovelies. What the heck is a home run pie? I don't know but apparently it's some version of a hand pie.


Hand pies are something that my mom used to make for my brothers and me when we were little. They remind me of her hippie days when she made her own yogurt , bagels and ebelskievers with homemade jam. mmm.

Hand pies are also the perfect dessert for a picnic dinner; lucky for us we had one of those! Remember the ...in a box post? Yeah, this is the dessert :)

ok... they're kind of frightening looking... definitely 'home made'. I like it like that though :)

How to make a hand pie... I would have called my mom for her fantastical hippie day recipe but she was on her way home so I had to search my resources. Aka I googled it and came across a lovely blog called Tiny Morsels that I am currently thoroughly enjoying.

I did a little modification on the recipe to make it vegan but other than that, it's all her and thank you for some great inspiration!


Need:
1 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup Earth Balance
4 Tablespoons ice water
2 medium apples
about 1-2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Do:
Whisk together the flours, salt and sugar. Using a pastry cutter, cut in the 1/2 cup Earth Balance to create a crumbly texture. Add the tablespoons of ice water two at a time, mixing lightly in between.

As your dough forms, combine well and form into a ball. Wrap that ball in plastic wrap or put it in a sealed container and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour, if not an hour.

The apples: slice into very thin strips, put them in a bowl and add the lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well and set aside.


When your dough is done, preheat the oven to 375 and pull out your dough. Cut it in half, then fourths, then eights. One at a time, roll out the dough pieces into an oval-ish shape that is a little less than 1/4 inch thick.

On one half, layer about 5 or 6 apple slices so they're kind of stacked like stairs.

Cover them with the other half of the dough and crimp the edges.

Using a knife, create three or four vent holes in the tops of your pies.


Pop them in the oven for 20-25 minutes until they're toasty brown on top.


Serve:
Put them in a tupperware container for a picnic surprise or serve them right away. They would be great with some soy delicious vanilla ice cream or all by themselves, while you're standing over the sink, shoving it in your mouth because they're that good! :)



Enjoy!

11 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous idea, my dad loves handpies - I should bake him some

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  2. YUMMMMMMMM!!! Those look sooooo delicious! :)

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  3. saw your blog from another
    pies look delicious

    http://torviewtoronto.blogspot.com/

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  4. Down here they're fried apple pies, but baking them is a MUCH better way to do it! Apples. Makes me ready for FALL!

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  5. Jennifurla, thank you! They were pretty easy once the dough was ready... way too easy to eat though :)

    Tiffany, thank you so much! And thanks for visiting :)

    Torviewtoronto, thank you so much for visiting and for the compliment... hope to see you here often!

    Abby, friend would be delish! But yes, a little less healthy... either way fantastic!

    Simply Life, thank you! They were a little 'rustic' looking, but delicious!

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  6. You had me at pie! I absolutely adore apple pie and food you eat with your hand! I am currently moving to France and living with a host family for a year. My host mother is vegan, so this would be perfect to make for them! Merci beaucoup!

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  7. I LOVE these! They're so rustic looking. I haven't made any fruit pies or sadly, any fruit based desserts in a while after a recent debacle with some pie crust that had a mind of its own. Perhaps I'll be brave enough to attempt these? :)

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  8. Joshua, thank you! I hope you try them; they are delicious! and good luck and have fun in France... it's beautiful!

    Azmina, thank you! They ARE rustic... I was a little concerned about the rusticity (word?) but they tasted good! Give it a try... this dough is super easy. I used to have an aversion to pie dough as well so I understand :)

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  9. They look fantastic! How many little pies do you get out of this dough?

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    1. I got about 12 pies! It makes a lot :)

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