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Apple Hand Pies

Howdy, y'all and Happy Monday! We're already back from what was a fast and FUN weekend in the Boyce community. Were you able to make it out to our annual Apple Fest? If not, we sure missed you! However, the celebration of all things apple (one of my favorite times of year) didn't just commence. We kicked off last week with a visit to WBKO, did you catch us on Midday Live? Our boys, Brady and Bryce, joined me (aka stole the show) in making my Apple Hand Pies on Wednesday, September 20th. You can check it out here!

Hopefully by now you've gathered that Monday is recipe day, and I have a major treat for you on this one. In case you missed out last week, here's your second chance! That's right, today we're talking Apple Hand Pies. Let's get busy!

First things first: credit where it's due. The tremendous (and scrumptious!) load of apples supplied for this year's festivities were Winesap apples. They came from Overall Farms, located right here in Bowling Green, KY. Buy local, y'all!

Before getting to the really good stuff, I have to recommend something really awesome for you. This time of year through the end of it, apple recipes will be in full-force. If you're like me and have a million apples to cut and prepare- these are a must-have! They're affordable, durable, and most importantly, you'll save yourself a whole lotta time. See below, and check out this direct link!

Now for the really good stuff! Apple Hand Pie crusts are made with the same dough I use for my Pop-Tarts. You can find that recipe again here. Note: There's a bonus (say what!?) recipe later in this post, and you'll use the same dough for that. Enjoy!

Apple Hand Pies:

1. Peel and slice your apples.

2. Place apples AND all ingredients in a pot, cook until apples are soft. Queen's Tip: I pre-cook my apples this way because as juices escape, pies become soggy. Pre-cooking and then straining will prevent messy pies. Check it out!

3. Strain before placing into hand pies. Queen's Tip: No one likes a soggy pie!

Above: Bryce (left) and Brady (right) have loved helping out in the kitchen their entire lives. I'm truly blessed (and so thankful) to not only have their help, but to know they share my love of baking and creating yummy goodness. I love watching them come up with new ideas and entertain crowds, as they were surely doing on this day. They showcased their skills by walking us through the steps of the recipe, and coming out with a batch of pies that would make any Mama proud. Go boys!

Remember that thing about a bonus recipe? Here she is, and with exciting news! The filling of the Apple Hand Pies can also be used to make a classic Lattice Pie, or sometimes I put crumble on top instead. The possibilities are endless! Which is your favorite way to eat apple pie?

What I love about apples is how incredibly diverse they are, and how many different ways you can enjoy them. They also represent a certain type of feeling that can only be explained by the comfort of the changing of seasons, the brisk air of the Fall, and cozy nights at home with my family. Surely I'm not the only one, right? Apples are a comfort food and a true symbol of country life. So much so, I may or may not have set some aside during our Apple Fest, out of fear I wouldn't get any. YES, the Boss Lady has her tricks! Ya gotta do what ya gotta do, y'all.

Thank you, as always, for joining me each week and for your continued support. Now get to work on those pies, I can't wait to see them! Happy Baking!

The Pie Queen of BG

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