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Apple Butter Hand Pies

These intensely buttery and flaky hand pies are like a posh man’s McDonalds apple pie. If you read the recipe ahead and bake them over two days though, they can be enjoyed by anyone. And they darn well should be, because nobody should be subjected to applesauce that tastes like wall glue.

Apple Butter 
14-16 Braeburn or Pink Lady apples, peeled, cored & sliced into chunks 
1 cup (275ml) apple juice 
2 tbsp brandy 
1 cinnamon stick 
1 tsp ground ginger 
½ tsp ground nutmeg 
¼ tsp ground cloves 
1 cup (220g) caster sugar 
2 tbsp lemon juice  
Pie Dough 
2 ½ cups (290g) plain flour 
1 tsp salt 
1 tsp sugar 
1 cup (230g) cold, cubed butter 
¼ / ½ cup (around 100ml) cup cold water plus extra for brushing  
½ cup (110g) sugar 
1 tsp cinnamon   
Notes: as the apples are cooked down, it doesn’t matter which apples you choose for this recipe, just go for the ones that you believe have the best flavour.


Day One  
Put the flour, sugar, salt and cubed butter in a food processor and pulse until breadcrumbs form. Before it forms a ball, slowly add the water – add a little extra if it feels dry, pulse until dough forms. Pat the dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes, preferably overnight.    

Make the filling. Combine all ingredients in a large heavy bottomed saucepan. Cook over medium heat and stir every so often. The apples will start to break down and will eventually reach a saucy consistency. Cook for 45 minutes and mash up unbroken pieces of apple. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook for 2 hours until the sauce is much darker, thicker and half the amount. Transfer to a jar and let cool to room temperature and then refrigerate, will last there for 1 month or up to 6 months in the freezer.   

Day Two  
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out a ¼ inch thick. Take a 4/5 inch cookie cutter and cut out as many rounds as you can, you should have about 16. Place the rounds on a baking tray, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Spoon 1 ½ teaspoons of apple butter in the centre of half the rounds, making sure to leave a 1/2 inch gap between the edges of the pastry. Brush water around the edges of rounds and place another round on top. Gently seal the dough with your fingers and create a cross in the centre using a knife. Repeat with the rest of the rounds. Place back on baking sheet, cover and and refrigerate for 30 minutes.   

Preheat the oven to 180 C. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Brush pies with water and then sprinkle with cinnamon before baking. Bake for 22 minutes until lightly browned. Let cool or eat warm, lasts for 3 months in the freezer or 4 days at room temperature.

Recipe and photography bu Emine Hassan

Spiced Toffee Apple Pie

Ginger spiced toffee sauce and buttery apples come together to give this classic dessert a modern twist!
350g plain flour
175g salted butter
pinch salt
Approx. 6tbsp cold water
Apple filling
2 bramley apples
1tsp cinnamon
1tbsp dark brown sugar
Ginger Toffee Sauce
125g dark brown sugar
125ml golden syrup
100ml double cream
50g salted butter
3tsp ground ginger
- First make the pastry. To do this, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembled breadcrumbs. Next add the water a tablespoon at a time, mixing with a knife until the pastry starts to come together – you might not need to add all the water for this to happen. Now use your hands to bring the pastry together in a ball, wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- While the pastry chills, peel and core the apples. Cut into rough 1cm chunks and toss in a bowl with the cinnamon, sugar and a little lemon juice to prevent them from browning. Melt a knob of butter in a deep frying pan over a medium heat and add the apples, cooking for about 10 minutes, or until they begin to soften. Take off the heat and drain away any juice or butter left in the pan.
- Next make the toffee sauce. Simply put all the sauce ingredients into a saucepan and melt over a medium heat. When the mixture starts to bubble, leave to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring gently. When the sauce starts to thicken, remove from the heat and leave to one side to cool slightly.
- Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Take the pastry out of the fridge and roll out on a floured surface until ½ cm thick then use to line a lightly buttered pie dish. Add the apples and drizzle a couple of tablespoons of toffee sauce over the top, putting the leftover sauce to one side to serve. Now roll out the pastry for the pie lid and gently place on top of the pie. Cut two small air holes in the middle of the pie and use any leftover pastry for decoration. Using short downward strokes and a sharp knife cut any leftover pastry away and pinch together the lid and base to create a firm seal.

- Place in the oven for 15 minutes, then turn down the heat to 180ºC and bake for a further 30 minutes, or until the pastry on top is golden and the filling soft and bubbling. Serve with a generous drizzling of toffee sauce and double cream. Delicious! 

By Millie Norton

Rhubarb Rhubarb

This week we feel that we are much in need for some tea and wholesome cake-loving! Why not try making our Rhubarb and Apple Cake one cold and rainy June evening?
8 oz self raising flour
5 oz Demerara sugar
4 oz butter
2 small eggs, beaten
2 large cooking apples, peeled and chopped up roughly
1 tbsp white sugar
4 sticks of rhubarb, medium sized
100ml water
Pinch of salt
Whipped cream, as desired
-       Heat oven to 180C
-       Prepare rhubarb sticks: peel and chop into cube-like pieces and put the water sugar and rhubarb into a pan together and gently heat until soft
-       Mix the dry ingredients into a bowl and rub in butter to make ‘breadcrumbs’
-       Add and mix in the chopped apple and beaten egg
-       In a well-greased oblong cake tin, grease with butter and lay greased grease paper
-       Put in half the cake mixture, then evenly add in the cooked rhubarb and put the second half of the cake mixture, spreading evenly on top
-       Sprinkle on Demerara sugar
-       Bake for 1 hour
-       Serve with whipped cream
By Melodie Walter