White Cheddar and Cinnamon Apple Hand Pies

INGREDIENTS:
makes ~12-14 pies

  • 2 cups (260 gr) AP flour
  • 1/4 tspn salt
  • 4 oz.(113 gr) extra sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup (151 gr) butter, cold
  • 5-6 Tbspn water, cold
  • 500 gr apples
  • 1 Tbspn lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (25 gr) sugar
  • 1 tspn ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tspn ground cloves
  • 1/2 tspn freshly grated nutmeg
  • heavy cream
  • turbinado sugar

METHOD:

  1. Combine the flour and salt in a bowl.
  2. Coarsely grate the cheese. Using a pastry cutter, cut in the cheese and cold butter into the flour until the size of small peas.
  3. Gradually add the water one tablespoon at a time until the dough holds together when pressed. Do not overmix!
  4. Wrap the dough in parchment paper or plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Peel, core, and chop the apples into small chunks. Toss to combine the apples with the lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
  6. Preheat oven to 230 degrees C.
  7. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll it out to about 1/8″ thick. Cut out 5 inch circles. Fill each circle with apples and fold in half. Press the edges together tightly, crimping with a fork. Cut three small slits on the top of each pie. Chill the pies in the refrigerator or freezer briefly if the dough has softened.
  8. Before baking, brush the tops of the pies with heavy cream. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  9. Bake at 230 degrees F for five minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for 15 more minutes, until the crust is golden.
  10. Remove from oven and cool briefly before serving.
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Flaky Apple Turnovers

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 1/4 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (1 pound) cold butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup ice water
  • 1 batch of apple filling (recipe below)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar mixed with 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream & 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, for icing, if desired

METHOD:

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour and the salt. Cut cold butter into half-inch slices and add to the flour mixture. Toss until butter pieces are coated with flour and separated from each other.
  2. Stir egg and ice water together and then pour all at once into the flour/butter mixture. Using a spoon quickly mix until you see no obvious wet spots. Butter will still be in large pieces and “dough” will be in shaggy bits and there will still be lots of flour that’s not mixed in yet.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a large sheet of parchment paper (or a lightly floured pastry cloth if you have one). Knead the dough ten times or so by pressing and pushing dough together, using the parchment between your hands and the dough, to form a rough square shape. Using a little extra flour for the rolling pin, roll dough into a 15×10 inch rectangle. Fold 2 short sides to meet in the center. Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge to form 4 layers. You will now have a long rectangle about 7 1/2 by 5 inches.
  4. Repeat rolling and folding process once more. Wrap dough in the parchment paper you’re using, and then wrap that in plastic wrap. Chill dough for 20-30 minutes. Repeat rolling and folding process two more times, and then chill the dough another 20 minutes before forming turnovers.
  5. Once dough is chilled, and the filling is cooled, preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Cut dough into 4 equal pieces. Refrigerate remaining pieces while you work with one piece at a time.
  7. Roll the fourth of dough out into a 11×11 inch square. Trim the sides with a pizza cutter to “square it up” and made the edges clean.* Cut the large square into four equal squares. Moisten two adjacent sides of one of the squares and scoop about 1/3 cup of apple filling into the middle. Fold the square into a triangle and press edges slightly to create an initial seal. Then take a fork and go around the seams and press firmly to seal. Then take a sharp knife and poke 2 or 3 vents in the top of the triangle. Repeat with remaining squares.
  8. Place turnovers onto the parchment-lined, leaving about 2 inches between turnovers. Bake at 190 degrees for about 20-22 minutes, or until puffed and deep golden brown on the tops and bottoms.
  9. Remove to a wire rack to cool. When turnovers have cooled about 10-15 minutes, you can drizzle them lightly with icing, or eat them as is.

NOTE: Unbaked turnovers can be frozen on a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet. When frozen solid, place turnovers in a large zip-top bag for later baking. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 190 degrees , place on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 22-25 minutes, or until puffed and deep golden brown on tops and bottoms.

Makes 16 turnovers

Apple Filling

  • 4 medium apples, peeled, cored, and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups water (or 1 cup water + 1 cup apple juice)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 T cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
METHOD:
  1. In a large bowl, toss diced apple with lemon juice and set aside.  Pour water (or water + apple juice) into a high-rimmed saute pan over medium heat.  Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, & nutmeg.  Add to liquid in pan, stir well, and bring to a boil.  Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Add apples and return to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer until apples are tender, about 10-12 minutes.  Stir in raisins. Transfer to a heat-proof bowl and cool completely before using.

Apple Pie with Tahini

INGREDIENTS:

For the dough

  • Flour – 5 cups of self raising flour
  • Tahini – 1 1/2 cup
  • Water – 1 1/2 cup (lukewarm)
  • Baking powder – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar – 3 tbsp

For the filling

  • Red apples – 1 1/2 kg
  • Sugar – 9 tablespoons
  • Breadcrumbs – 3 tablespoons
  • Honey – 2-3 tablespoons
  • Cinnamon – 1 tablespoon

METHOD:

  1. In a bowl put tahini and beat with wire, add the water (little by little), flour, baking powder, sugar and knead.
  2. We want the dough to be a little tight, wrap with cling film and cover, let it rest for 25 minutes.
  3. Wash and peel apples, cut into small pieces or grate. Put them in a bowl and add the honey, sugar, cinnamon, breadcrumbs and mix very well together.
  4. We take the dough and cut into 3 parts and roll each sheet with a rolling pin.
  5. Cut into strips about 10 points, put the filling, roll it up, twist it like a snail and place in greased pan.
  6. We continue the same until we finish all ingredients.
  7. Barely scratch the pieces and bake at 200ºC for about 50-55 minutes.
  8. Once baked and cooled sprinkle with a little icing sugar and cinnamon.