Hi friends! We are enjoying the first flavors of Fall with some Raspberry Apple Hand Pies! Hand-picked apples and U-pick raspberries from two of the cutest little helpers required some type of sweet treat for their efforts.
If you follow me on Facebook you know I teasingly used the hashtag #OmieDayCamp over the summer to share what we were doing the days I was babysitting. So, one day we decided to take #OmieDayCamp on a #fieldtrip to Oak Glen, a delightful little town here in Southern California known for their apple orchards and beautiful farms.
We’ve been to Oak Glen before. Previous visits include a bloggers trip to Willowbrook Farm and a second bloggers trip to Oak Glen last year. This was the first time we’ve taken the grandkids though. It was so much fun!
It was all we could do to keep the kids from eating all the berries at Snowline Orchard instead of putting them in the basket! We prevailed though and came home with a bag full of apples and some very sweet raspberries! Oh, and if you go to Snowline, pick up some homemade wine and mini apple cider doughnuts! Adults need treats too. ;-)
Those sweet berries and tart apples were quickly put into a saucepan with just a little bit of sugar. As the fruit was cooking down just a little, we cut puff pastry sheets into squares. You can easily use pie crust for this recipe as well. I just happened to have puff pastry on hand, so that’s what we used!
I’m always amazed at how little filling goes into a hand pie. Seriously, it’s a just over a tablespoon. That’s it. Crazy! I always want to add more, then I can’t seal the hand pies because the filling is oozing out the sides. Happens. Every. Time. It’s important to be able to seal the pastry sheets together and if the dough is wet from the filling, it won’t stick. Don’t be like me. Keep that filling away from the edges and even when you want to add more, don’t!
These aren’t super pretty, but they’re pressed together with a fork, that top one on the right totally ripped and so I faked it as a vent hole! HA! The tops are brushed with heavy cream and then sprinkled with raw sugar. I promise they’ll look great and taste amazing once they’re out of the oven!
See!! Look at those gorgeous hand pies, all flaky and delicious. It’s a good thing I like to share!
Are you ready to bake them yourself? Here’s the recipe:
Raspberry Apple Hand Pies
- September 21, 2018
- 5 Servings
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- 2 cups apples, peeled, cored and chopped. (About two large apples - don't use Red Delicious unless you want your pastry to be mushy)
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
- 2 - 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or half and half
- 1 - 2 tablespoons raw sugar
- Puff Pastry sheets cut into 4x4 inch squares, or prepared pie crust cut the same way
- Step 1
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine apples and sugar.
- Step 2
- Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved and the apples are soft, about 5-6 minutes.
- Step 3
- In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water, stirring until you have a smooth paste.
- Step 4
- Stir the cornstarch mixture in with the apples.
- Step 5
- Return to a boil, stirring constantly and cook for about another minute, or until the mixture has thickened.
- Step 6
- Remove from heat
- Step 7
- Step 8
- Carefully stir in the raspberries so they don’t break apart.
- Step 9
- While the raspberry apple mixture is cooling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, press out the puff pastry sheet and using a ruler, carefully cut the sheets into 10 4×4 squares. Transfer half the squares to a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Step 10
- Spoon about 1-2 tablespoons of filling on half of the squares. Top the filled squares with the plain squares and press the edges with a fork to seal. Cut a hole in the top of each pastry to vent. Brush the tops with heavy whipping cream and sprinkle with raw sugar.
- Step 11
- Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown and puffy, about 20-25 minutes. Check the pastry after about 15 minutes as some ovens tend to run hot and puff pastry can burn quickly.
- Step 12
- NOTE: You will have extra filling leftover! This is perfect for stirring into oatmeal or serving on top of ice-cream!
Enjoy my friends! I hope you get an opportunity to go Apple Picking or something fun outdoors this season with those you love!
Till next time, live life deliciously!