These Vegan Apple Hand Pies are the perfect sweet treat for fall, and great for a socially-distant Thanksgiving. Made with store-bought or homemade pie crust and cinnamon-spiced apples, they’re easily eaten without utensils or with a side of vanilla bean ice cream.
Vegan Apple Hand Pies, a personal dessert for any occasion
I’ve said it before, but pie is definitely one of my favorite desserts. Growing up, I even preferred it to cake on my birthday. I also love making pies, as there are so many variations to try and a plethora of uses for pie crust.
Leading up to the holiday season this year I will be providing some smaller-batch Thanksgiving recipe ideas for those of us that are celebrating with a smaller crowd that usual. I promise that mini versions of classic dishes are just as delicious! Case in point, these apple hand pies.
How to Make Apple Hand Pies
- Using a store bought crust keeps things simple, but feel free to make your own! First, prep the apples by slicing and tossing them with cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, lemon juice, and salt.
- Then, unroll the crust and cut out two shapes: one circle slightly larger than another. These will form the top and bottom pieces of our pies.
- After pressing the crusts together to seal, bake them for about 30 minutes. So easy!
What kind of apples should I use for pie?
Many people have very strong opinions about types of apples to use. Honestly, I tend to use whatever I have! For whatever reason, Granny Smith apples are typically listed as the best apples to use for pie. I am guessing that their tart flavor is what plays well with the sugar in most recipes. What I like to do is choose a mix of different apples for variety and then adjust my sugar level accordingly.
Are Gala apples good for apple pie?
Usually, Red Delicious and Gala apples should not be used for pie because they cannot withstand long cooking temperatures. These apple hand pies are baked for much less time than a traditional pie, so who knows! I have not experimented that way and cannot speak to the results. In today’s recipe I used a mix of Pink Lady (my fave) and Granny Smith.
Because these hand pies have such a hight crust-to-fruit ratio, I don’t think texture will matter as much. As you’ll see below, we are also not using any kind of traditional thickener (such as cornstarch) since it’s just not needed.
Can you freeze apple hand pies?
Yes! This recipe freezes very well. Feel free to make them 1-2 months in advance and store tightly wrapped in the freezer. Reheat in a 350 degree oven for 5-10 minutes, until warmed through.
I hope you love this vegan apple hand pie recipe! If you’re looking for more pies, try one of these next:Print
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