Apple Hand PiesSubmitted by: CHEF_MEG
IntroductionNo forks needed! These sweet, crunchy and buttery hand pies will have you licking your fingers. No forks needed! These sweet, crunchy and buttery hand pies will have you licking your fingers.
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 large Granny Smith Apples (about 1 pound)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
4 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
Only the outside layer is brushed with browned butter to give a deep butter flavor that your taste buds crave without many added calories.
Some larger supermarkets carry whole wheat phyllo dough, but don't worry if you can't find it.
Choose hard crisp apples like Granny Smith or Rome Beauty so they don't get mushy in the pies.
Don't leave the browned butter in the saucepan--you'll have burned butter!
We did the math: A popular fast-food apple pie has 250 calories and 13 g fat, while the supermarket glazed variety has 470 calories and 20 g fat! Ours is a calorie bargain for sure!
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, and simmer until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer the butter to a metal or glass dish to stop the cooking process, and set aside. (See tips.)
Peel and core apples then chop into small cubes. Combine the chopped apples in a medium bowl with the brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, zest and juice.
Place a medium skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, pull it away from the burner and coat with nonstick spray. Return the pan to the heat, and add the apple mixture. Cook, stirring often, for five minutes, until the apples are soft and the sugar starts to bubble. Remove from heat, and add the walnuts.
Place a single sheet of phyllo dough onto a cutting board and coat with nonstick spray. Fold the sheet in half. Spoon 1/2 cup of the apples onto the bottom edge of the dough, leaving 1" space on all sides. Fold the dough over twice to form a packet and fold the edges under to secure the pie. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and brush with browned butter.
Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients. (You'll make four pies.) Bake 6-8 minutes until golden brown.
Serve warm or cold.
Serving Size: Makes 4 hand pies
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Nice recipe, thanks! As for the criticism, it's unkind: Meg doesn't describe as them 'healthy', just improved. When someone goes to the trouble of contributing, I think 'Thank You' is the first thing to say, followed by helpful comments/suggestions.
btw, Kate is right re fruit. Thx Kate! - 10/30/12
I TBS of brown sugar and 1 TBS butter DIVIDED between FOUR pies? I don't think that's overkill on the sugar or butter. And sometimes we NEED just a taste of the "real stuff' now and then.
Thanks for this. I'm a great cook but not a baker and even I can do this one! - 11/2/12
While I am dieting, my hubby and granddaughter are not. This is something I can fix that will make the house smell wonderful and will satisfy their sweet tooth (both of them!) I used half of the brown sugar and used just 1/2 tsp of honey instead of the remaining sugar. Wonderful dessert! - 11/1/12