Apple chai hand pies that are so delicious! Gooey apple filling with chai spices in a sweet little buttery and flaky hand pie and baked to perfection.
Not only are these absolutely amazing and addicting but the aroma that fills your house is so festive, it gets you right in the holiday spirit.
This is a sponsored post by Prince of Peace Ginger. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are my own.
These are something that you eat on a bear skin rug, in front of a fireplace, after opening Christmas presents. According to my sister-in-law that is. And who can argue with that explanation!? I totally agree.
It all starts off with the well-known hand pie filling, and if you ever had these as a kid in school you know exactly what I'm talking about. I don't know if it was an Alaska thing, or a 90's thing, but we were never in short supply of them.
The thing I remember most about hand pies were the filling, it was thick and gooey. So for these we'll use extra corn starch to achieve that consistency because as the apples cook you don't want them to get soggy.
Since these are chai apple hand pies, the spices are a blend of ginger, cinnamon, clove, cardamom and nutmeg. Seriously, it's just intoxicating. For the ginger I toss in a Prince of Peace ginger chew, I just love how those little ginger chews melt all ooey gooey like and it's super spicy, it's just perfect.
When you prepare the apples you are going to do a partial cook on the stovetop. They cook just a bit then you turn the heat off, covered, so they can steam and keep warm while the dough chills. This way it cooks down just a bit, you can get more filling in your pies since it will have condensed and you don't have to worry about the apples not being cooked while the crust has already turned golden.
Hand pies are a really fun holiday treat to make with your family or with your kids. Because they can help cut out the circles from the dough, put the filling in and it's so simple to crimp the edges with a fork!
Anything that they can do on their own, my kids are all for that and they love to help me bake treats.
2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cubed
1 1/2 tbsp corn starch
1/4 c water
1/4 c sugar
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 Prince of Peace ginger chew
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp clove
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 c flour
8 tbsp butter, cold and cubed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 c ice cold water
cinnamon + sugar combined
Use a food processor to combine the pie dough ingredients until it resembles sand, adding the cold water last
Roll out and form into a bowl, wrapping it in plastic wrap
Chill for 1 hour
Preheat oven to 350
In a sauce pan combine all filling ingredients, turn heat to low, stirring until everything has melted
Cook for 10 minutes, then turn the heat off and leave covered
Roll the pie dough out and use a cookie cutter to cut out circles, with excess dough form back in to a ball, roll it out again and cut more circles
You should end up with about 20 circles total, for 10 hand pies
Place these on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the fridge to chill for 10 minutes
After 10 minutes, take the pie dough back out of the fridge and fill 10 of the circles with the apple mixture, distributing evenly
Place an empty circle on top and crimp with a fork to seal
Cut a slit in the top with a knife
Brush on some heavy cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden, remove from oven and let cool slightly
Enjoy -- tara