Gluten Free Vegan Apple Hand Pies

Ingredients

pie dough

  • 1 1/2 cups Sarah’s gluten free flour blend
  • 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons Earth Balance vegan butter, cold
  • 3 tablespoons organic non-hydrogenated shortening
  • 4 tablespoons ice-cold water
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

apple filling

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 3 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • pinch ground ginger

topping

  • 3 tablespoons So Delicious coconut coffee creamer or coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoon course turbinado sugar or cane sugar

Directions

Sift together the flour blend, sugar and salt. Add the vegan butter and shortening. Using a pastry cutter, combine until resembles a course meal and butter pieces are less than pea-size. Pour in 4 tablespoons cold water and vinegar. Continue to blend until dough comes together (add another tablespoon of water if needed). Pat dough into a round disc, wrap in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for an hour or until ready to use.

To make filling, start by preparing apples. Peel, core and dice the apples into small pieces. In medium bowl, mix together apples, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. On counter surface, lay out a large piece of plastic wrap. Place pie dough in center and top with another large piece of plastic wrap (keeps dough from sticking to rolling pin). Roll dough to 1/8? thick. Using 4?circle cookie cutter, cut dough into circles and place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.

Place heaping tablespoon of filling into center of each pie dough circle. Carefully fold in half and gently press to seal dough (if dough cracks, just pinch back together). Using pastry brush, brush tops of pies with coconut creamer and sprinkle with course sugar. Use small knife to cut 1/2-inch cut into top layer of each pie for steam to escape. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes on cooling rack. Serve warm.

courtesy Sarah Horncek, Sarah Bakes Gluten Free Treats

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