The Farm Chicks.
I knew about their book, it’s on my wishlist. I did not know that Serena from the farm chicks has a fantastic blog but I’m so glad I found it! She has a great recipe for little hand-held, heart-shaped pies perfect for Valentines day! Serena filled her pies with seedless raspberry Jam but since I didn’t have any on hand I decided to make apple pie filling.
Apple Sweetie Pies
- your favorite pastry crust recipe
- 6 granny smith apples
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- 1 tsp apple pie spice
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
Prepare the pie filling by peeling, coring (is this a word?) and dicing the apples. The size of your dice depends on the size of your pies…my apples were originally cut too large and I had to pulse them in the food processor.
Combine apples with all other ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes until the apples are slightly tender and the sauce begins to get thick. Set aside.
Roll chilled pie dough and cut with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.
Place hearts on a parchment lined baking sheet and put a spoonful of filling in the center.
Using a pastry brush and some water, wet the edges of the dough.
Place a second pastry heart on top of the filling and press to seal the edges. Crimp edges with the tines of a fork and prick the centerof each pie.
Whisk 1 egg until combined and brush the tops of the pies with the egg wash.
Pop pies in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm up the pastry before baking.
Bake pies for 15 minutes at 425 degrees.