While I have a serious love for food, I will 100% admit I am not the best at photographing it, or even sharing the recipe well! I try, but I feel like it never comes across as good as the actual food is. So my solution? Find someone that not only photographs food well, but makes these INSANELY good original recipes! You guys, I am so excited to introduce you to Ashley. Ashley and I were best friends in middle school, while wearing tube tops and short denim skirts from Hollister were all the rage. Oh and our eye shadow? Well that always matched the color of shirt we were wearing, or when in doubt- a hideous metallic silver all the way! Our friendship has had ebbs and flows, and now we are in this sweet spot of enjoying motherhood together. So, without further ado- here is my friend, Ashley:
I’m Ashley and I blog over at CrazySimpleLove.
I am a wife to my love, mama of four, and saved by grace.
My blog touches a bit on my life as a mama and a lot on my love of cooking for them.
I am so excited to be here today and share this recipe with y’all.
Growing up I wasn’t too fond of pie.
I remember visiting my grandma when I was young and her baking a fresh cherry pie each and every time. I would always find myself trying to escape the dinner table before the slice was placed in front of me.
I wasn’t very successful at sneaking away, so I would end up just picking off the crust enjoying that with what little bit of filling stuck to it, only to have my plate covered with a big pile of the filling. That was usually followed by me sliding it around and spreading it out to make it look like I ate enough.
Well, since then a lot has changed and very little has changed.
I now love pie, but the crust is still my favorite part.
That love of crust became the inspiration behind this recipe. I knew I wanted to create a simple apple pie but I wanted it to be one that didn’t become a soupy mess all over the plate.
TaDa…the hand pie.
Eat it as a literal hand pie or dress it up with some whipped cream and caramel sauce.
Friends, this is a good one, so please enjoy.
Apple Hand Pie:
Ingredients for the filling
4 Apples peeled and cubed
1 Lemon juiced and zested
1/4 Cup Flour
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
Ingredients for the crust
2 1/2 Cups Flour
1 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
6 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter chilled
3/4 Cup Vegetable Shortening chilled
3/4 Cup Water cold
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Begin by placing peeled and cubed apples in a medium size bowl. Add lemon juice and zest to apples and toss to coat. Sprinkle in sugar, flour, and spices. Stir to combine and place in refrigerator while you prepare crust. Add flour, butter, shortening, and salt to your food processor. Pulse a couple of times until mixture becomes crumbly. While food processor is running slowly stream in cold water. Stop as soon as dough begins to form a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and allow to chill for about ten minutes.
Once dough is chilled roll out. Using either a cup or cookie cutter cut dough into about three inch circles. Spoon apples into the center and top with another circle of pie crust. Using a fork press both sides of dough together.
Place hand pies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Gently brush each pie with egg whites and sprinkle generously with coarse sugar. Place in preheated oven and cook until lightly browned, approximately 30 minutes. Eat while warm, or top with whipped cream and caramel sauce.
//Original Recipe and Pictures