I have a few talents in life.
One of which is being the most extraordinarily unorganized human being ever. You may not believe that being unorganized could possibly be a talent, but my level is impressive. Really. It takes skillz.
I like to call it organized chaos... but usually it's just luck that allows me to find misplaced objects or when forgotten about meetings are magically cancelled.
I like these hand pies because they are so the opposite. They're neat little pockets of apple happiness. They are cut out into clean circles. Filled with perfectly diced apples. Baked to a nice golden brown on the outside. It kinda makes up for the fact that I've lost a camera cord, a credit card, and the paperwork for my apartment in the last week. (Ahem, I would like to note that TWO of these items have been found.)
An old favourite empanadas recipe was changed to be vegan for these pies. I make the empanadas on the reg, but I haven't tried to veganize them until now. Nor have I tried them sweet, so lots of innovative things are going on today!
Vegan Apple Hand Pies - What you need:
Adapted from Give Me Flour.
For the dough:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 150 grams of vegan margarine, cut into small cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon flax meal whisked together with 3 tablespoons of water. Replace with one egg for a non-vegan version.)
- 3 tablespoons almond milk (or your favourite milk)
For the filling:
- 3 medium apples (2 1/2 cups when diced)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon golden sugar or caster sugar
- 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For a vegan "egg" wash (optional):
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or (cooled) melted margarine
- 1 tablespoon almond milk
+ extra sugar for sprinkling
Vegan apple hand pies - What you do:
Chill the margarine and flax egg before using. 5 minutes should be okay for the flax egg (and also the cold helps it turn into a more egg-like consistency anyway).
Place the margarine, flour, and salt in a big bowl. Using a pastry blender or your fingertips, blend the butter into the flour until the mixture begins to resemble coarse crumbs. If you use your fingertips, try to run them under some cold water, then pat them dry, before getting involved with this step! (It will keep your hands somewhat cold so the dough turns out better.)
In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and egg.
Add this to the flour mixture.
Using your fingertips, swirl the egg mixture into the flour mixture. The dough should start to come together. At this point, begin stirring the dough together in a circular motion (still) using your fingertips. If the dough is being stubborn and not coming together well, add another tablespoon of almond milk. You shouldn't need to knead the dough (and don't knead the dough! It will make the pastry tougher.)
Once the majority of the dough has stuck together, press the dough with all the little left over bits and pieces together to form a ball. Cover it with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes - 1 hour.
While the dough is chilling, prepare the filling.
Peel, core, and then dice the apples into small cubes. Toss the apples in a bowl with all of the filling ingredients.
When the dough has chilled properly, remove it from the fridge and roll it out thinly (1/4cm thick or 1/8in thick, approximately).
Using a 10 cm/4 in circular cookie cutter (or really any sort of circular thing that you can find...), cut out small circles in the dough. Using a 10cm cutter, this made 18 hand pies.
Take a small spoon of filling and place it in the middle of each circle.
Fold the circle over and press down its edges.
Crimp down the edges of the dough.
To add a egg wash type finish: mix together the sugar, oil, and almond milk in a small bowl. Brush this mixture over each finished hand pie.
Repeat for each hand pie until all are finished. Sprinkle a tiny bit of sugar onto each pie.
To bake, pre heat an oven to 180 degrees celsius (350F). In the preheated oven, bake the hand pies for 25 - 30 minutes. The pies should be golden brown on the outside (but oooooh so soft on the inside!).
YUM! So vegan apple hand pie success!!!
The crust is crunchy and flakey.
The inside is spiced to perfect and the apples became soft and caramelized.
These hand pies aren't too sweet - so if you're looking for a sweeter dessert, add a tablespoon of sugar to the dough or a bit more sugar to the apples. (However, I think they're pretty baller just the way they are!)
So today Paris is pretty much the rainiest place on Earth. BUT!!! I'm bringing these hand pies to TACO NIGHT! Holllaaaaa.
Baking soundtrack - Tunes to inspire your inner baker:
(The Swede's choice edition)
(Oh! PS! Thanks to my lovely sister for the new pastry stand!!!)