Despite already having way too many kitchen toys, last month I couldn’t resist a set of hand pie molds on sale in a catalog of cooking fripperies. I had never heard the phrase “hand pies” until I moved to Minnesota and even then, I don’t hear it often.
Now that YA and I are overloaded with apples from our trip to the orchard on Sunday, I decided to try out one of my new molds – the apple one. I didn’t use any particular recipe, just some thinly chopped apples with sugar and a bit of cinnamon. At the last minute I tossed in a half cup of raspberries from my canes. I also used refrigerated pie dough (Trader Joe’s) since I wasn’t sure how it would all come together. I hate wasting dough made from scratch!
They turned out pretty well considering that I was just winging it. I figured out pretty quickly that flour was needed in the mold and that although I was using an egg wash on the outside, I should have used water as the binder between the two layers of pastry. The last issue is one I’ve encountered before; when working with store-bought pie dough, you have to really work the edges together when you roll out the scrap pieces or they don’t hold. I know this but didn’t follow through well because I was rushing a bit (I had already made an apple crisp at YA’s request). They turned out OK but not as pretty as any of the online pictures. That’s OK, I didn’t expect masterpieces the first time around.
The good news is that even though they weren’t picture-perfect, they taste great. The addition of the raspberries gave them a bit of a twang and being able to pick up your pie and eat it without a fork or spoon is a lot of fun. Maybe I’ll try blueberries next time around.
What kind of food have you discovered as an adult?