If you thought you were sick of reading about my pumpkin recipes, this is just the start of what I've got planned for my 10 pounds of apples - aside from eating them like candy! 

I made pastry a few weeks ago for my butter tarts (which, fun fact, were featured in a Buzzfeed article!) and froze the remainder of the pastry in two disks wrapped in plastic wrap, knowing I'd probably end up using it sooner rather than later. 

I took it out of the freezer before we went apple picking on Sunday and when I came home I got right to work making these adorable little hand pies! We truly can't consume all the baking I do, so I took these to work on Monday as a pick-me-up and they were consumed in no time.

  • four apples, peeled and chopped (I used Empire apples which are a cross between Red Delicious and Macintosh)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
1. Preheat oven to 350*F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  On a floured surface, roll out dough until roughly 1cm thick - cut circleswith a round cookie cutter or a glass. 
2. In a large bowl, add apples, sugar, lemon juice, flour and spices and stir until combined.

3. Place pie bottoms onto baking sheet and spoon filling onto base - don't overfill or else the top won't seal or worse, it will tear.
4. Place another pie round on top of the filling and press down the edges to seal.  Press with a fork for detail and put a slit across the top of the pies to let the steam escape.
5. Brush egg wash over the tops of the pies and bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden around the edges.

It's that easy! If you're scrambling for something to make for Thanksgiving this weekend, these are probably as easy as it gets and great for a large group! It eliminates having to worry about every slice of pie being cut equally!

We still have tons of apples, so I'm going to make a bundt cake for Andrew's family's Thanksgiving and an apple galette for mine...or at least that's the plan as of right now. I'll have to keep my eyes off the Internet so I don't get any more ideas.

What are your Thanksgiving plans?

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