“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.”– Jane Austen
It’s true that some recipes can bring you back to happier, simpler times. Now that summer has officially kicked off here in the States, there isn’t any recipe as iconic or comforting as apple pie. Simply stated, it tastes estival, and I can’t think of anything better than that.
These days I’m looking for opportunities to simplify my life without losing any of the quality we’ve all come to enjoy over here, and as my love affair with my 7-Quart PowerXL continues, I’m always on the lookout for new recipes. Every time I logged into Pinterest, I was getting served up links to beautiful hand pies in a vast array of flavors, but kept going back to three or four apple pie recipes that looked too good not to try. Since I have yet to perfect a pie crust (if you have a fool-proof recipe, please point me in its direction), I lean heavily on store-bought crusts and decided to try my hand (aka: wing it) with my local store brand crusts. They didn’t disappoint!
Makes 8 fruit hand pies
- 1 box of refrigerated pie crusts (2 crusts)
- 21 oz. can of fruit filling (one can made 8 pies)
- turbinado sugar
- butter-flavored cooking spray
- Pre-heat air fryer to 350 for 5 minutes
- Unroll pie crusts and, using a 4.5″ cookie cutter, cut 4 rounds from each crust
(you may need to re-roll leftover crust to get 4 rounds)
- Spray one side of each round with butter-flavored cooking spray
- Flip each round to the “dry” side and spoon in fruit filling
- Wet the inside border of each round and fold in half, pressing the edges with a fork
- Cut 3 slits into the top of each hand pie
- Sprinkle turbinado sugar on the top of each hand pie
- Bake two hand pies at a time in the air fryer for 11 minutes
My kids hear the air fryer start and they emerge from their Hobbit Holes to find out what’s cooking. They were delighted to hear that I was trying something new – but especially that they were having apple pie for dessert. The big test, though, is my husband. Apple pie is his second favorite dessert (I don’t think I can pull off an air fryer carrot cake, but maybe I’ll try), and I have tried countless times over the years to perfect an apple pie recipe with just about no success. But these? He ate one directly out of the air fryer, making it precisely 700 degrees in the center, and suffered through it because “this is unbelievable!” I can confirm that they make the perfect breakfast the next morning, as well, pairing beautifully with your favorite coffee!
Somehow that miracle machine roasts the perfect chicken, makes the best wings, and pulls off pie crust like a total champ! If you don’t have a 7-Quart PowerXL (or any air fryer, really), I cannot suggest it enough. Make room in your pantry or find a spot in your cabinet, and thank me later!
Don’t stop at apple hand pies. Choose your favorite fruit filling and have fun personalizing this recipe. Cherry hand pies are on the meal plan for the coming month and I know the whole family will be happy to try them.
Do you have a great air fryer recipe I should try? Have you made your own air fryer hand pies and have suggestions? Did you use this recipe and fall in love with your air fryer all over again? Tell me everything in the comments! Don’t forget to follow, like, and share Look Wider Still.
Have a great day,