Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Recipe | Cinnamon Apple Hand Pies

Cinnamon Apple Hand Pies Recipe

Here in the UK we're really not short of different types of savoury pasties, over in the US they call pasties hand pies (so cute), but also they make a lot of sweet hand pies, why isn't this a thing here?! Obviously we have lots of regular sweet pies, but little individual ones is such a cute idea! For my first foray into hand pies, I decided to go with a classic, apple! This filling is so delicious, sweet and sticky with loads of cinnamon and goes so well with the crispy puff pastry. 

Ingredients - 

1 pack of pre-rolled puff pastry

For the filling - 

4 large apples, peeled and cored
2 tbsp unsalted butter
pinch of salt
1/4 cup caster sugar
1/4 dark or light brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp maple syrup 
1 tbsp cornflour

Method - 

1. First make the filling, in a saucepan, melt the butter and allow to brown to a golden colour. Add the apples, salt and both sugars and stir. Cook, stirring occasionally until the apples are softened, about 8 minutes. Add the cinnamon and maple syrup and cook until soft and sticky, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cornstarch and allow mixture to thicken. Remove from the heat and set aside. 

2. Preheat the oven to 210 degrees C. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper. Lay out your dough and cut into 10 rectangles. Divide the filling between 5 of the rectangles, and brush some milk along the edges of the pastry. Lay the remaining unfilled rectangles on top of the others. Using a fork, crimp the edges of the pastry. 

3. Transfer pies to prepared tray, brush tops with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes, until puffed up and golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar if desired, great eaten warm with ice cream. 

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