Recipe by Chef John
"These hand pies, also known as turnovers, look too perfect to be homemade. Any of your favorite pie fillings, both sweet and savory, will work. I hope you give this easy technique a try soon. Enjoy!"
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prepared pie dough, cut into 4 pieces
green apples, peeled and cored
1 1/2 teaspoons
ground cinnamon, or to taste
water, or more if needed
white sugar, or as needed - divided
This recipe is amazing! I chose not to peel the apples in order to retain the nutrients. In the end, I suspect the filling would have been softer had I peeled them; however, I did not care for its extra effort. The next time I make this, I will add 3/4 t. ground nutmeg when adding the cinnamon for flavor.
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I decided to give this recipe a try after seeing it in the June/July 2014 Allrecipes magazine. I thought using the star shaped cookie cutters was a really clever idea. I used one box of the Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts, which made about 11 pies, using a 3 inch star shaped cookie cutter. I was able to cut out 8 stars on each sheet, then balled up the dough and rolled it out again. The filling is absolutely delicious! The little hand pies turned out great and were super easy to make. My kids loved them and I like how using the cookie cutters makes a nice dessert portion size. Definitely would make again!
This was great! My parents loved it. I messed up at first and put the mixture in a little hot, warning let it completely cool down! The dough will rip and the liquid will seep out. I also didn't pinch the edges good enough. Then I made more and they came out great. I also added blueberries into the second batch with the apples which was really nice too.
Delicious! I used macintosh apples instead (5 small/medium size) and made 8 turnovers with double the patry dough.
Used puff pastry sheets, filling was A++. My brother raved they were the best turnovers he ever had. Used a simple confectionary sugar/milk/vanilla glaze. Awesome!
Thank you so much for this recipe! I had some store-bought pie dough that I had to use up as we had no electricity for a day due to an earthquake. The only fruit I had in the house was one nectarine, but I remembered that green tomatoes could be used when you don't have enough apples, so I used one large nectarine and two small green tomatoes for the filling. The only other thing I changed was to substitute vanilla for some of the cinnamon. My gas oven runs a little hot so they turned out a little brown, but so delicious! I will definitely be making this again!
Loved these hand pies! I used my Gravenstein apples and they turned out absolutely delicious! I will definitely make these again. Much appreciation Chef John!
These are wonderful! I used 8 small freshly picked apples which yielded 3 cups of diced apples. I doubled all the other ingredients. I was able to make 4 hand pies each having 1/3 cup of cooked apples. I used Kroger brand 'unroll and bake pie dough' in the fridge section to save time! My kids made these and loved them. My kids used my 8.5" round cookie cutter to cut out dough. My husband keeps asking me to make them again! Very good! Great fall dessert!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Apple Hand Pies
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 378
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