Alison’s Baby Apple Hand Pies
I rarely bake.
When I first read Allie’s post (here) about her apple hand pies, I was pretty blown away. I always knew that she really enjoyed cooking, but her post really hit home on just how much enjoyment she really gets out of it. I’ve always thought of cooking as a huge chore. I like it once I start, and feel good about the results, but I hate having to plan for it. I almost never have the ingredients I need on-hand, and it’s hard for me to get inspired to make something really terrific. She apparently has no problem with that whatsoever, which is great for me, I’ll just make whatever she tells me to.
So if you read this post, she took a whole afternoon to make these little tiny apple pies from scratch. She’s always been so detailed and meticulous. When we were little kids she once spent an afternoon making tiny little geese with Little House on the Prairie bonnets out of Crayola clay. She even made tiny eggs that you could actually open, and a miniature baby was inside, hat and all. Amazing.
The thought of spending a whole afternoon doing just about anything makes my head explode. I like things in 20 minute increments. I load my day with lots of things that take 20 minutes, because I am the complete opposite of Alison. I like a crapload of variety in my life. I’m trying to slow down a bit now though, because I’m starting to show signs of aging due to stress.
That said, I decided to make these pies, only because Alison loved them so. I didn’t use homemade dough, because That. Is. Crazy. They were delishes (typo, I’m keeping it, it sounds like it’s spelled, like, DELISH – IZ). Here’r (I like my new words!) the highlights :
Chopping was time consuming. Next time I’d put them in my food processor and save myself 20 minutes.
This person was being cute, and keeping me company while I chopped 3 apples for 30 minutes.
Apples, when they were done cooking in the pan.
Apple taco, just before I pinched it all together.
Yummy raw pie dough.
Getting crazy up in hur.
I don’t have fancy sparkle sugar, so I used brown, it was fine.
Happy mouth time.
All in all, this was a nice little recipe. As a “working” mom, I could easily adjust the recipe to fit my packed schedule. As I said before, I’d recommend using a chopper for the apples, pre-made dough, and I’d also double the recipe, because these were gone in minutes, which was disheartening because of the amount of time I spent making them (about 40 minutes of prep, but I’m slow). They were delicious though, and I’d make them again. Additionally, spices like clove, cinnamon and nutmeg are warming, and help you with a whole host of problems, according to Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, and I’m all over that junk. You can read more about that here.