I love pie. I mean, really, who doesn’t?! Well, would it interest you to know that February is actually National Pie Month? That’s right. An ENTIRE month dedicated to wonderful, crusty, yummy pie. How can that not make you happy? I know it warms my heart. Like warm apple pie….LOL
I was thinking that to really honor the month and give pie the recognition it deserves, I would eat a slice of pie each and every day. 28 days of pure deliciousness. Oh my gosh, WAIT! It’s Leap Year! 29 amazing days of pie love. Yes!!! Then, thankfully, I came to my senses and decided that as much as my belly would love to have wonderful pie every day, my rear-end didn’t need it. Dang. Some day’s it’s hard to be a responsible adult.
In order to honor National Pie day and still be able to fit through my front door, I’ve decided to share one awesome pie recipe a week for the entire month of February. First up, Apple Hand Pies. How cool is that? No need to get out a plate and fork and be all proper. You can just walk by grab one and wander around nibbling a bit of pie heaven. You’re welcome…
- 2 ready made pie crusts (or your own home-made crust for a double crust pie)
- 2 apples (peeled and chopped into smaller chunks)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tea nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbs flour
- 1 egg white (for brushing the tops)
- 1 tsp granulated sugar (for sprinkling)
- In a skillet, over medium heat melt the butter. Add the apples, brown sugar, white sugar, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes until the apples are tender. Add the flour to the hot apple mixture and blend well. Cook another 2-3 minutes until thick. Remove from heat.
- Pre-heat oven to 425.
- Roll out the pie crust to about 1/8" thick and cut into 10 4" rounds. Place the rounds on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Put a spoonful of apple mixture on half of each round keeping it away from the edge. Fold the other half of the crust over the filling and seal by pinching the edges together. Brush each pie with a bit of egg white and sprinkle with granulated sugar. (optional) Using a cookie cutter, cut out small flower shapes and add to the tops of the pies with a bit of egg white as glue. Using a knife, cut a steam vent in each pie.
- Bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes or until pies are evenly browned. Remove to a wire rack to cool.