Cooking On A Budget: Hand Held Apple Pies

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hand Held Apple Pies


My husband devoured the pie I made and wants another one.

I thought that I could try and use a couple of kitchen gadgets I own and make some mini apple pies.

That way he can take them in a zip lock baggie to have as a snack on any of his job sites. You can use this idea and make hand held berry, peach or plum pies.

My plastic pirogi and empanada maker was the gadget to use to fold the pies and close them. The pot cover was a perfect cutter for the dough. After I cut the circles I still rolled them slightly if needed to fill the maker.

  • 3-4 apples, peeled, cored, diced small
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 - 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 - 3 tbsp. corn starch
  1. When you are cutting up your apples toss them with the lemon juice so they do not turn brown. The lemon juice creates a nice balance of tart-sweet.
  2. Add in all of the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

Pie Crust:
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 sticks butter
  • ½ cup ice cold water - approximately
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • cinnamon and sugar mixture for sprinkling on top
  1. In a food processor pulse the flour, salt, sugar.
  2. Next add the butter and pulse until a crumbly mixture forms – butter should be about pea size or less.
  3. Slowly add in ice cold water and keep pulsing and adding water until the dough is wet enough to form into a ball.
  4. Do not overwork (over pulse) the dough OR add too much water, otherwise you will end up with tough dough and the pie crust will not be flaky and tender when baked.
  5. Remove the dough from the food processor and put it on plastic wrap. Use the plastic wrap to help form the dough into a round disc.
  6. Refrigerate each wrapped disc.  Allow the dough to rest about 30 minutes.
  7. When you are ready, take one of the discs out, wait about 5 minutes then begin rolling your crust on a flour dusted surface.  You should notice that the dough is smooth and silky in texture.
  8. Roll in a circle, from the center outwards. Make sure you keep lightly dusting the surface of the dough and rolling pin.
  9. Rotate the dough and turn it over until you have rolled the dough about 6 1/4 inches or so in diameter.

  • 1 large egg - whisked well


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°
  2. Brush the edges with an egg wash to help seal the edges. Fill with as many apples as you can (this photo was just the beginning of filling the pie. Do not over fill. You may have filling left over - if there is enough save it to make more or use it perhaps cooked up as a side dish to a pork dinner.
  3. Place the individual pies on parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle with a cinnamon sugar mixture.
  5. Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes until golden brown.

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