Roasted Apple and Tillamook Cheddar Hand Pies
Chef Michael Scelfo
2 ½ cups All-purpose flour
½ tsp Salt
1 cup (2 sticks) Tillamook Extra Creamy Unsalted Butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
½ cup Tillamook Sour Cream
½ cup Ice cold water
1 tbsp Lemon juice
2 Crisp apples (Gala or Honeycrisp would be ideal), peeled, cored and finely diced
¼ cup Sugar
¼ tsp Cinnamon
⅓ cup (1 oz) Tillamook Sharp Cheddar, finely diced
1 tsp Fresh thyme
1 tsp Honey
1 tsp Water
2 Baking sheets
Biscuit cutter (or 4 inch round cookie cutter or cup)
Small non-stick saucepan
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
Cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal.
Whisk together the sour cream, lemon juice and water in a small bowl and add to the flour gently tossing and stirring with a fork until the flour is well moistened and has come together into a lumpy moist dough.
Divide into two disks and wrap each with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out one disk to 1⁄8in thickness.
Using a 4-inch round biscuit cutter, cut out 9 rounds transferring to a baking sheet cut.
Repeat with the remaining dough. Refrigerate the rounds at least 30 minutes
Meanwhile, in a small non-stick saucepan, stir together the apples, sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt.
Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the apples are glossy and tender, and the liquid is thick and syrupy, about 10 minutes.
Transfer to a bowl to cool completely.
Stir in the sharp cheddar, thyme and honey.
Just prior to filling the pies, drain any accumulated liquid from the apple-cheddar filling.
Whisk together the egg and water.
Working with 1 sheet of rounds at a time, spoon 1 tbsp filling onto the center of each round.
Lightly brush around edge with egg wash, then fold round in half over the filling, pressing edge to seal.
Decoratively reinforce the edge pressing with the tines of a fork. If the dough gets too warm to work with, chill rounds before continuing. Repeat with remaining rounds.
Brush the tops lightly with egg wash and chill the assembled hand pies 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375°F with oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven.
Bake, rotating midway through baking, until hand pies are golden, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on racks slightly before serving.