Pie tarts shells are really fun to make, especially when you finally figure out the sanding butter and flour step. I never had one of those pastry cutter, and always tried making them just by hand. Thankfully i have cold hands and it always helped in making airy, crisp tart shells.
And since i've gone shopping happy and bought too many apples, i decided to make some hand pie and shared it with friends. And here i'm sharing the recipe with you, try making it yourself!
250 gm flour
2 tbsp icing sugar
1/2 tsp salt
125 gm unsalted butter, cold
2 egg yolks
2 tbsp iced water
Sift the flour, icing sugar and salt together into a bowl. then rub in the butter gently, with the tips of your hands, until it looks like wet sand. Mix the egg yolks with the 2 tbsp of iced water, and add to the flour mixture, mixing together lightly until it forms into a ball. Try not to overmix or knead it, so it doesn't turn gummy when baked. If the dough doesn't come together and still looks a bit dry, you can add more water but a tbsp at a time. Flatten the dough slightly and wrap in cling film and chill for at 30 minutes in the fridge.
2 red apples, cored and diced into small cubes
juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp brown sugar
In a saucepan put all of the ingredients and cook until apple are slightly soft. Let it cool and keep it aside while we roll the dough.
Bring the dough from the fridge, some fresh cling film and a rolling pin. What i like to do when i need to roll out any dough, is i either roll it inbetween a cling film or parchment paper. This reduces the mess of kitten counter cleaning, and you won't need to add extra flour on the surface so it wouldn't stick.
So roll out your dough to about 2mm thickness, and with a round cookie cutter, cut out even number of circles. One will make the base, while the other will be the sandwich top. All the offcuts you can roll it out once more to make more shells.
Once you have your cut out shells, fill the centre with 2 tbsp of the spiced apple. Then put on the top layer like a sandwich, and with a fork, press around the edges to form a tight seal. Then with a knife, poke two lines on the top for the steam to escape. Lay them on the tray, and you can put them close to each other since they don't expand. And brush the top with egg wash, and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until crispy golden on top.
Enjoy it in the evening with a cup of coffee. The best thing about this hand pie is that it's not that sweet.
*If you have any leftover filling, put it in a jar and keep it in the fridge. You can top some overnight oats with it and enjoy it for breakfast.