Another Easy Apple Hand Pies

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An apple pie is a favourite dessert for many, but not one that people often make themselves unless they have the time to. Baking pies from scratch can be a lot of work; it requires time and patience as well as some skill. The best way to get better at making dessert recipes like an apple pie is to keep practising and making them regularly. Although, if you're just in the mood to make an easy dessert, these easy apple hand pies would be an option too. Alexandra from Alexandra's Kitchen created an easier version of the beloved classic apple pie recipe, without a lot of the work. Much like a regular apple pie recipe, these hand pies include a melt in your mouth flaky pastry. There's one ingredient in this pie crust that makes the recipe even more interesting than a regular apple pie recipe. That ingredient is cheddar cheese believe it or not. The cheddar cheese adds an extra layer of flavour to the recipe, and you can use the pastry dough for other pastry recipes as well. Whenever you're dealing with pastry dough, there are a few things to keep in mind that will help things run smoothly. It's always a good idea to chill your butter for the recipe. This will ensure a flaky crust because the butter will melt as it bakes creating little pockets of moisture in the pastry.

When you're mixing your pastry dough, you also should be careful not to over handle the dough. When you mix the dough too much, your crust could turn out very tough instead of light and flaky. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough and use some extra flour on the countertop or any other surface to prevent the dough from sticking. These little hand pies may actually end up taking some time, but in the end, they are worth it. You can also make them ahead of time before a gathering or a dinner and bake them in the oven for 20 minutes before you serve them. You can also make one 10 inch pie from this recipe and instead of making the small hand pies just press the crust into a pie pan and fill it with the apple filling and then top it with the top crust. Otherwise, the recipe makes 10 hand pies which is perfect for a small dinner party or gathering. You will need some all purpose flour, sugar, salt, unsalted cold butter, and white cheddar cheese for the crust. Then for the filling, you'll need about 2.5 pounds of apples. Alexandra used Granny Smith and Cortland apples, but you can use whatever kind of apples you like. Tart apples really make an apple pie since they complement the sweeter flavours in the filling.

If you're lucky enough to have apple trees on your property you can use those apples. Otherwise, it's always nice to see what's at your local farmer's market from local farmers in your area. In some cities and towns, there are volunteer apple or fruit picking groups you can join where you go and pick apples from peoples trees and get to keep some of them for yourself. You'll also need sugar, flour, lemon juice, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, cloves, an egg yolk, unsalted butter and more sugar for the top. Many people use turbinado or demerara sugar for the topping because it comes in larger granules which gives the top of the pie a nice, crystalized appearance. Check out the full recipe on Alexandra's Kitchen and be sure to check out some of her other recipes too.***

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