Apple Hand Pie Recipe

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As the apples ripen and Fall takes hold, pies are not far behind. Here's a crowd pleasing Apple Hand Pie Recipe from Chef Hugo. Happy baking!

Pie Dough

  • 470g all-purpose flour
  • 8g Salt
  • 125g sharp sharp white cheddar, finely grated
  • 280g cold unsalted butter, grated
  • 240g cold water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 60g Apple cider vinegar

Pie is ready to bake

Apple Filling

  • 40g unsalted butter 
  • 600g half peeled and diced apple (half honey crisp, half green)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • pinch of salt
  • 45g granulated sugar
  • 30g all-purpose flour

Pie Dough

  1. Freeze butter for 10-15 minutes. Place flour, salt, and freshly grated cheese into a large bowl. Mix to combine. Using a cheese grater, grate cold butter into the flour mixture. Mix lightly to coat.
  2. Using fingers, massage the butter into the flour mixture until it has a wet sand texture. To not over mix, butter should stay cold 
  3. Combine ice, water and cider vinegar in a bowl. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of the ice water mix into the flour and butter mixture, and using a stiff spatula or your hands, mix in well. Continue adding water a tablespoon at a time ( I usually start with about 180g liquid, mix that in, then go from there and add additional liquid as needed) until you have a dough that holds together well, but is not too wet.
  4. Rough shape the dough into a rectangle. Wrap in plastic and rest in the fridge for at least an hour. 
  5. Roll out the dough on a floured surface into a rectangle, fold it in thirds like a letter, then roll again and repeat the folding. Repeat this process one more time. Shape into a rectangle.
  6. Wrap tightly in plastic, then leave to chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or up to overnight. 


  1. Place the butter into a medium pan. Add the apple, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt, and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the butter and sugar has melted. Continue to cook for 3-4 minutes until the apple has softened slightly. 
  2. Combine the sugar and flour in a bowl. Add to the apple mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture has thickened up. 
  3. Transfer to a sheet pan and leave to cool uncovered at room temperature. 

Ready Hand Pie

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