Apple Berry Hand Pies
Forget the plates and forks, hand pies are the best way to enjoy pie. Refrigerated crust and a pie press make this APPLE BERRY HAND PIES simple and quick.
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I have a confession to make……… I like cake, but I LOVE pie! I’ll never pass up a piece of cake or a cupcake, but having pie in the house can be dangerous. I sometimes have trouble keeping my self-control reined in when I’m left alone with pie.
The only thing that beats a gorgeous pie, is a pie you can hold in your hand and have all to yourself!! A few months ago I picked up a Hand Pie Press and thought the Apple-Cranberry Hand Pie recipe in Lori’s cookbook would the perfect recipe to test it out with!
Lori’s recipe (at the end of this post) includes instructions on how to make your own pie crust, but you know how I like quick and easy, so I used my favorite, Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust. The ready made pie crust, along with the pie press made this a super easy and delicious dessert.
How to use a Hand Pie Press:
1. Using the back of the pie press, cut circle out of pie dough
2. Place dough circle into the top of the crimped side of the pie press, press dough circle slightly in the center
3. Spoon filling onto the indented portion of pastry circle, slightly off-center
4. Using handles of pie press, fold press in half and squeeze tightly to crimp and seal edges
5. Open pie press, to gently remove the pie
6. place hand pie on a lined baking sheet.
Brush with egg wash and bake 23-25 minutes.
I was able to get 6 hand pie from 2 refrigerated pie crusts.
*TIP: don’t roll your pie crust too thin, as you can see, I had trouble with one of the hand pies, and it was because my crust was too thin.
I’m sure you are familiar with the Recipe Girl blog, which houses over 2,600 original and adapted recipes. I’ve been following Lori’s site for quite some time and had the opportunity to get to know her in person when we shared a room and gun slinging on our Girl Hunter Weekend last fall. I can’t say I was surprised when I found out Lori was going to be doing a cookbook. This girl not only knows food, but she is also a busy mom (to RecipeBoy) and wife who KNOWS her way around an organized kitchen!
Make sure you check out The Recipe Girl Cookbook. It is filled with 195 family-friendly recipes that are easy to follow. There are also 20 themed party menus that will help make your dinner parties delicious and fun! The recipes are unique enough for skilled home cooks, but easy enough for the beginner to follow and I love that most of the recipes feature a ‘Change It Up’ idea and tips. There are so many recipes I have earmarked in my copy! Congrats Lori!
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TIP: Substitute frozen berries instead of dried. You can also use just cranberries or raisins.
No 5-inch round cutter? Check out your plastic bowls and find one with a 5-inch diameter. Use the top of the bowl to cut your hand pies.
TIP: Substitute frozen berries instead of dried. You can also use just cranberries or raisins. No 5-inch round cutter? Check out your plastic bowls and find one with a 5-inch diameter. Use the top of the bowl to cut your hand pies.