An awful lot of time, energy, and a melted silicon spatula went into these little pies (unfortunately yes, I do mean literally. Don’t worry, I didn’t eat those ones). They were truly an adventure.
The original recipe was for fried pies, and I promise I really did try. I’ve already admitted that I’m not the best cook, and although my baking skills are getting better my frying skills are still pretty lacklustre. Maybe a fried food project should be my next project. Sorry, waistline.
After a few failed frying attempts I decided to fall back to my baking failsafe, and they still turned out pretty darn yummy. Follow the recipe below if you’re a fellow scaredy-fryer, or head on over The Food Network for the full original recipe!
6 cups plain flour
4 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups buttermilk
5 medium apples
3/4 cup sugar
3 tsp cinnamon
6 tbsp flour
Icing sugar to dust.
1. Mix together the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add 1 of the eggs and the buttermilk and stir until it just comes together. Add a little more buttermilk if needed. Form it into a ball and refrigerate for at least an hour.
2. Preheat oven to 200°C. Peel apples and cut into small pieces, then mix all filling ingredients together by hand.
3. Roll the pastry out into a large square and cut into rectangles about 6 x 9cm. Spoon a tablespoon or so of the filling onto your bottom rectangles, and brush the edges with the remaining egg. Place a second pastry rectangle over the filling, then crimp the edges shut with a fork. Brush the tops of the pies with the egg wash and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Cut a slit in the top.
4. Bake for approx 20 mins, or until golden brown. Dust with icing sugar and serve.