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For Labor Day: Honey Crisp Apple Hand Pies
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”
Hand Pies were designed to fill lunchboxes of workers so they could grab a bite to eat on the fly. No time for cutlery, just enough to clench a satisfying few mouthfuls in one hand. For Labor Day, I made these Honey Crisp Apple Hand Pies as we pause to honor hard-working individuals everywhere – then and now.
I chose Honey Crisp apples because they are so good, and they held up well in the cooking.
The filling for these pies could be an apple sauce or a filling for a standard pie or a simple compote for over ice creams & more.
Apples are loaded with Vitamin C & they also provide Vitamin B-6, magnesium, iron, calcium & Vitamin A. It really is true: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Years ago when I was coming down with all sorts of colds & flus, I tested out this old saying. I started eating an apple once a day, and sure enough I became able to stave off maladies that had been slowing me down. I have more energy now & take on more knowing that my “apple a day” will help me stay healthy.
Honey Crisp Apple Hand Pies
Apple 🍎 Filling
Peel & cut 5 Honey Crisp apples into quarters & cook with 1/4 cup raisins, juice of 2 lemons, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1 tablespoon water, 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt.
Cut out bottoms of 6 frozen pie crust (all but the edge). Put two spoonfuls of apple in center. Fold bottom of crust over the top & crimp edges with top of crust. Make two vent holes in each hand pie. Brush egg 🥚 on top; and sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar mix.
Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until golden brown.