Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday is PIE DAY!

In an attempt to use up some tree apples that I had hanging around, I made a large batch of applesauce.

 That applesauce then inspired me to make a batch of applesauce hand pies-yummy little hand held pockets of autumn goodness.  This is a great way to make self-contained, smaller sized portions of pie with no fork required-great for picnics or to stick in the freezer for a quick dessert later.  You can use just about any of the fillings that you might use for a regular pie-fruits, berries, pumpkin or nuts.

Start by rolling out pie dough like you would for a regular pie (or lay out a ready-made crust).
Cut out circles of dough in a  4 to 5 inch diameter.  I used a bowl that I had in my cupboard, but grab anything that is about the right size and has a sharp enough edge to mark the dough.  You can always finish the cut through with a butter knife.

After you have the circles cut out, place a small amount of filling on one half of the circle.  Take care not to overfill, or your filling will leak out.

Flip the unfilled half over to cover the filling and seal the edges carefully with your fingertips.  Brush the tops with a bit of egg white or water and sprinkle with sugar.  Transfer them to a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes, or until the crust is browned nicely.
Let cool, then enjoy!

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