Apple Hand Pies (Diary Free).
I have an easy recipe for apple hand pies I want to share with you. It also happens to be dairy free because I use an oil pastry pie crust recipe and instead of using butter in the apple pie filling I use olive oil. Apple hand pies are a great alternative to making a whole apple pie because they are faster to make and you can make smaller portions if you only have a few people to serve.
I like to roll out the pie dough in between 2 pieces of lightly floured waxed paper so it doesn’t stick.
You roll the pie dough out and cut the dough into 4.5″ circles. I use a cookie cutter/biscuit cutter to make the circles. Place a heaping tablespoon of apples in the middle then fold in half. Use a fork to press the edges together and don’t forget to poke a few holes in the top so it doesn’t explode in the oven.
Recipe makes about 5-6 apple hand pies.
- Pie Dough:
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 2-3 Tablespoon cold water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Apple Filling:
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 small apples or 1 medium/large apple
- pinch of salt
- nutmeg to taste (optional)
- 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon flour
- Prepare pie dough: Mix all ingredients together in bowl. Start with 2 Tablespoons of water, if it needs it add 1 more Tablespoon. Dough will look a little dry (see photo above).
- Take the dough, form it into a ball with your hands.
- Take 2 pieces of waxed paper about 18" long and place the dough ball in between. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough. I rolled mine to almost ⅛" thick. Whatever you prefer. You can roll it into a rectangle or whatever shape you want.
- Cut the dough into 4.5" circles using a round cookie cutter or you can use a knife or the top of a glass if you have one wide enough. You may have to roll scraps to get the extra circles.
- Place on greased cookie sheet.
- Preheat oven to 425F.
- Peel, core, and dice apples into small thin pieces. In a skillet, add olive oil, apples, salt, nutmeg (optional), brown sugar and cinnamon. Heat for about 5-10 minutes on medium/high heat, until apples are soft, stirring occasionally.
- After apples have softened, sprinkle in flour.
- Drop the apple filling by the heaping tablespoon into center of each pie crust circle. Fold in half and pinch edges down with a fork end. Poke hand pie with tines of a fork to prevent bursting.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned.