Apple & Nuts + Chocolate & Nuts Mini Hand Pies – 2nd Blog Anniversary

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 Time just flew by and I found myself stumbled at the door of my 2nd blog anniversary! Didn’t realize that it was that time of the year, that’s why stumbled ;). 
I panicked since I remembered it just last night. I panicked because I had nothing in my mind. I panicked because it just happened and I was not prepared. I thought of letting it go. But it’s my baby’s 2nd birthday, so couldn’t just let it go!

Thank Goodness that I had the galette dough that I had prepared this weekend and then forgot about it after putting it away in the refrigerator.  

 
Aanya loves apple pies and had been begging me since sometime to make some at home. I make the same kind of dough when I have to make either a pie or a tart or a galette.  

 
For those of you who are not aware of galettes, these are rustic tarts folded in an old fashioned way with hands, irrespective of their shape. I like the ease, charm and antique feel they bring to the table. Shruti of Cooking Diary by Shruti had blogged these mini apple galettes recently. Those inspired me to create the single serve portions, hence the mini versions instead of my Apple Galette that I blogged for Jhuls

 
No celebration is complete without Chocolates, so some were turned into Apple honey nuts mini galettes/tarts and some were transformed into dark chocolate and nuts mini galettes/tarts. Swooning over the aroma and textures and flavors of these exotic and highly exciting mini beauties!  

 
So a very happy 2nd Blog Anniveraary to simplvegetarian777 and let’s jump on to the recipe wagon!

Apple & Nuts + Chocolate & Nuts Mini Hand Pies

 
Kitchen Equipments Required

A big bowl, a cup, plastic wrap, oven, baking tray, parchment/butter paper, rolling pin, Rollin board or clean surface. 

Ingredients 

For Pie dough

Whole wheat flour – 1/2 cup + more for rolling.

All purpose flour/maida – 1/2 cup

Cold butter – 4 tbsp, cut into small cubes and chilled.

Water – 2&1/2 tbsp, chilled.

Sugar – 2 tbsp

Vinegar – 1 tsp

Salt – a small pinch

For Apple Nuts Pies

Apple – 1/2 cup, peeled, thinly sliced and then cut into small pieces.

Honey – 3 tsp or to taste

Pistachios and walnuts – 1 tsp each, crushed

Cinnamon powder – 3 pinches

For Chocolate Pies

Chocolate chips – 3tbsp

Walnuts and pistachios – 2 tsp each, crushed

Method to make Pie Dough

1. Take the bowl. Add flours, sugar, salt to it. Add small chilled butter cubes and work quickly with either fingers or pastry butter or a chilled fork. Rub the butter into the flour mixture, without melting the buyer with the heat of friction. That means, just incorporate enough.

2. Add vinegar and add 2 tbsp chilled water to it. Bring it together in a dough. No kneading at all. Just collect the mixture in a log form. Wrap into a plastic wrap tightly. Refrigerate for 1hr atleast. This dough canbe easily stored in the fridge for a week, for later use.

Rolling and Baking the Pies 

*Preheat the oven at 400*F / 200*C. Line the baking tray with butter paper.

1. Take out the chilled log of the pie dough.

2. Cut into 6 equal portions with a sharp knife. 

3. Now work quickly. Roll one piece of dough into dry flour and roll out into 3&1/2 to 4 inches wide disc. Edges will be tattered. It’s okay. Refer to pictogram given below.

4. For Apple pies – Pile up apples in the center. Drop a tea spoon of honey and sprinkle with both kind of nuts. Bring the edges of the disc to the center, wrapping all around. It will be a rough cup or pocket. Press the edges down. Place on the lined baking tray.Refer to the pictogram below.

5. For Chocolate Pies – Pile up 1 tbsp of chocolate chips in the middle. Add 1 tsp each of nuts on top. Bring the edges of the disc to the center, wrapping all around. It will be a rough cup or pocket. Press the edges down. Place on the lined baking tray. Refer to the pictogram below.

6. Baking Apple Pies – These need to be baked for 23-25 minutes, till edges are golden brown. 

7. Baking Chocolate Pies – These need to be baked for 18-20 minutes, till edges are golden brown.

Notes

1. The difference between the baking time for both is because of the moisture content in both the fillings. The apples have more moisture and so these pies take lo her to pick up the color. Chocolate on the other hand is dried ingredient so it bakes faster with the crust.

2. You may use berries, pear, peaches as filling too.

3. You may omit using nuts or use nuts of your choice.

   
 
Enjoy this weekend with these mini bites which are rich and indulging and oh so sinfully delicious!
Sonal


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58 Comments

  1. How lovely to be celebrating your 2nd Blogging Anniversary with these beautiful little tarts Sonal – they look amazing! Congratulations to you and I very much look forward to all the deliciousness still to come on simplyvegetarian777! M.xx

  2. How lovely to be celebrating your 2nd Blogging Anniversary with these beautiful little tarts Sonal – they look amazing! Congratulations to you and I very much look forward to all the deliciousness still to come on simplyvegetarian777! M.xx

  3. Wonderful! And I see you do make your dough by hand. Love that you used pistachios and walnuts (my two favorite nuts). Lovely pies Sonal and happy anniversary! Your blog has always been a favorite of mine and I’m always so happy to see your presence at mine. 🙂

  4. Wonderful! And I see you do make your dough by hand. Love that you used pistachios and walnuts (my two favorite nuts). Lovely pies Sonal and happy anniversary! Your blog has always been a favorite of mine and I’m always so happy to see your presence at mine. 🙂

  5. Love, love these cute little pies and the background in the pictures for this festive look! You have been a great source of inspiration in my blogging journey, and I continue to be amazed by your energy and talent. Here’s to many more useful recipes and anniversaries for the blog!

  6. Love, love these cute little pies and the background in the pictures for this festive look! You have been a great source of inspiration in my blogging journey, and I continue to be amazed by your energy and talent. Here’s to many more useful recipes and anniversaries for the blog!

  7. Happy second blog birthday! Hope you have loads more. And your photos are looking great, BTW. Hey, what does the vinegar do to the pastry? Does it make it more flaky? I never see it used in pastry recipes over here. Going to try it the next time. 🙂

  8. Happy second blog birthday! Hope you have loads more. And your photos are looking great, BTW. Hey, what does the vinegar do to the pastry? Does it make it more flaky? I never see it used in pastry recipes over here. Going to try it the next time. 🙂

  9. Happy 2nd birthday to this baby of yours Sonal! May it grow and flourish and reach great heights!! I love the galettes! Will most definitely try them!

  10. Happy 2nd birthday to this baby of yours Sonal! May it grow and flourish and reach great heights!! I love the galettes! Will most definitely try them!

    1. Awwwww Julie! ❤️❤️❤️
      You inspire me sooo much too with your kindness, humility and your friendship. I really appreciate your wishes ❤️❤️

    1. Awwwww Julie! ❤️❤️❤️
      You inspire me sooo much too with your kindness, humility and your friendship. I really appreciate your wishes ❤️❤️

  11. Happy anniversary Sonal, I adore your little pies, my favorite way to enjoy and what can I say about the chocolate and nut pies. so yummy. Apple too, I am such a big fan of pie. Wishing you many more years of bringing us your amazing recipes.

    1. Suzanne, your presence means so much to me on my posts. It’s like sunshine. You have spoiled me since everytime I publish, I know that you will be the first one to appear! And I love it!!! Your presence means so much!

  12. Happy anniversary Sonal, I adore your little pies, my favorite way to enjoy and what can I say about the chocolate and nut pies. so yummy. Apple too, I am such a big fan of pie. Wishing you many more years of bringing us your amazing recipes.

    1. Suzanne, your presence means so much to me on my posts. It’s like sunshine. You have spoiled me since everytime I publish, I know that you will be the first one to appear! And I love it!!! Your presence means so much!