Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Recipe Wednesday:{Irish Hand Held Apple Pies Gluten Free, Sugar Free Vegan}

It has been said, that every woman in Ireland knows her mother's Apple Pie recipe, that beloved and cherished recipe that has been lovingly passed down from generation to generation.

In some Irish families, the recipe is so loved that they dare not tell anyone outside the family. There really are not too many nicer things than walking in to the place you call home and being greeted with the warm scent of an apple pie baking in the oven.

In an effort to keep tradition alive, and to be a modern day kind of woman, we have to share with you today our Irish Hand Held Apple Pie gone Gluten Free, Vegan and Sugar Free!

By the title of our post, Gluten Free, Sugar Free and Vegan, you might jump to the conclusion that these cute little Irish apple pies won't taste very good. 

O we beg to differ! They taste like apple pie. The only way to find out is to give them a try.

To make the gluten free crust, we turn to our old friend, Bob's Red Mill. In this case we are using the All Purpose Baking Flour. If you are not familiar with Bob's Red Mill, they have a great line of gluten free as well as regular baking mixes, flours and soup mixes.

Irish Hand Held Apple Pie {Gluten Free, Sugar Free Vegan}

Apple Pie Filling:
6-8 granny smith apples, peeled and diced
Agave nectar 1/4 cup {more or less to your desired sweetness}
Cinnamon as much as you like.
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. 
Place chopped apples on baking pan. Drizzle on the agave nectar, and sprinkle on the cinnamon. Mix all together with a spoon or hands. 
Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool. This can be made a day ahead of time and kept on a container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

                             Gluten Free Pie Crust
1 1/2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Mix
1/2 cup ice cold Earth Balance vegan buttery sticks {1 stick} cut up into small pieces
4 tablespoons ice cold rice milk, coconut milk, almond milk whatever you like to make it vegan
1/2 teaspoon salt

Using a food processor, add Baking Mix and salt and pulse once or twice to mix.

Add butter and pulse until a coarse meal is reached.

Add the milk one tablespoon at a time with food processor on and run until all ingredients are wet.

Turn out dough onto wax paper, cover and let rest in refrigerator 15-20 minutes.

{Remember, you are working with gluten free dough, and you are not going to have that regular pie dough texture or roll when you work with it. But it is doable} 

Place cold dough on board with a little baking mix: working quickly, as you want to keep the dough cold, press down with hand a couple times and roll out into a circle to your desired thickness. Either make two pie crusts, or using a biscuit cutter, make little circles for the hand pies. You will need 2 circles per hand pie. 

Preheat oven to 400.

Place on baking sheet to prepare for apple filling. Using a tablespoon, fill the crust with apple mixture and place another dough circle on top. 

Using a fork, work along the edges to crimp them together.

Poke a few holes in the top of the pies.

Brush wit a little milk and sprinkle with the tiniest bit of sugar on top. {sugar optional}.

Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Enjoy!

Note: We doubled our pie crust recipe and were able to get seven little pies out of it. We also always have this apple pie filling on hand because when the old sweet tooth talks we eat this warmed up out of a bowl with a little vegan butter on it.

Since these are hand pies, we wanted to be able to grab one and go and still make them look pretty and not make too much of a mess.

We thought some natural coffee filters would do the trick.

First we wrapped half of the hand pie in wax paper to help with the grease from the butter soaking through, and than wrapped the coffee filter around the pie and tied it up.

Kids love these as much as adults. They are not overly sweet and they are on the healthy side.

Do you have a favorite and beloved Irish apple pie recipe? Why not make up some hand held apple pies this St. Patrick's Day. Just remember, keep the recipe a secret.....Shhhhhh! Be inspired, get creative!

Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Psalm 105:1

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  1. They look great!
    I shared them on my FB page!

  2. I have a GF friend who would love these! Thanks for sharing! Would love for you to link up:
    Have a great night!

    1. Thanks so much for linking up!

      I will be choosing three recipes this weekend and will be featuring them on my blog and Facebook page:

      Will see you again soon! Thank you again!

  3. Nice entry. I think my daughter would like them


  4. Yum! Glad to find a gluten-free pie crust recipe. Can't wait to try it! :)

  5. These look amazing! Thank you for sharing with Uncommon! Bonnie :)

  6. Oh my goodness! YUM!! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!