After Christmas Apple Hand Pies

Due to insane work commitments, my family was spread out over Christmas. We still wanted to open presents together, so my family had its first ever Skype Christmas conference, with folks logging on from North Carolina, Arkansas, Hawaii, Illinois and even Maryland! Even though it didn’t take the place of physically being in the same room, it was still a nice couple of hours of family face time.

Knowing I had the rest of Christmas Day to myself, I wanted to bake something simple yet special after the present-opening Skype Christmas conference. I opted for apple hand pies. I was feeling super-lazy and used Pillsbury pre-made pie crusts. I know! I’m bad! But, it would only be me eating them, and I really like the apple filling more than the crust. As for the filling, I followed a recipe from the faux martha, but chose to omit the ginger and add an additional 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon.

These apple hand pies were fun to make! Though, I was getting slightly annoyed at the egg wash step because I seemed to have misplaced my pastry brush! Ugh! After I made the apple hand pies from one pie crust, I took a shortcut and made an apple galette with the other pie crust and remaining apple filling. Both were delicious, especially with an ice cold glass of milk!

I hope your holiday was amazing, whether in-person or via Skype!

52 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ceciliag
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 14:44:46

    Oh you Did make something special for yourself! I so know what you mean about the pastry brush. I need another one too! Where do they go? Gorgeous little pies.. c

  2. Life is Full
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 14:51:19

    We used Skype on Christmas Day before so my children can open their gifts ‘in front of’ their grandparents.🙂 Your pies look really good!

    Happy New Year!

  3. Lisa @smartfoodandfit
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 15:06:51

    That’s great that you got some family face time, thank goodness for skype! The little pies look so adorable! Sometimes I buy store bought dough too! Merry Christmas and have a safe and Happy New Year!🙂

  4. Three-Cookies
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 16:59:05

    An e-Christmas – how modern. You are certainly setting a trend here.

  5. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 17:05:13

    What a nice way to make sure you got to spend time together despite the miles. Those hand pies look incredible!

  6. Ronda
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 17:14:26

    Skype was part of our holiday too. The pies look tasty!

  7. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 17:23:51

    Even Maryland! Ha, that’s where are relatives are and I bet they’d say Even Arkansas! These look just wonderful.

  8. Alice
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 18:45:19

    lookin’ delicious! we made cinnamon rolls, but they didnt turn out good…the recipe was a bit off, not quite tasty and rich enough, so we didn’t post it, but its fun to make stuff for Christmas day!🙂

  9. Terra
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 20:17:36

    I hope you had a very Merry Christmas! Your hand pies are gorgeous:-) What perfect treat to make and share:-) Hugs, Terra

  10. kitchen flavours
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 21:30:07

    Delicious looking apple pie! A fun way of opening Christmas presents! Have a lovely day!

  11. Ann
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 22:26:52

    I would say these are certainly special! How cool that you were able to SKYPE with everyone! Technology is amazing, isn’t it?

  12. Elaine
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 00:12:53

    Both the hand pies and galette look so very good! I like making galettes so much because they are so easy and I love the rustic look. I’m glad you got to spend time with your family on Christmas on Skype.

  13. Jen at The Three Little Piglets
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 00:14:00

    I didn’t know you could conference on Skype! We just do it one at a time! Live and learn… glad you had a nice holiday!

  14. Just A Smidgen
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 00:48:48

    I haven’t tried Skype with my son but plan to figure it out this week now that he’s back in B.C. These little pies are sooo cute!!

  15. rebecca
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 09:19:08

    great apple pies and love skype so important to us too Dubai was cool but honestly u are not missing much i hear Oman is much better

  16. Anne@frommysweetheart
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 09:25:37

    Your handpies are absolutely beautiful! My son, who is an apple pie lover, would love to have this ‘on the go’ version. And your galette is so pretty! What a great idea to skype for Christmas….at least you get to be together. (I’m from Maryland..and this would have been a great idea for me, too!) Love your blog! Now I’m off to read about your blueberry creme brulees….I seem to have an abundance of egg yolks! : )

  17. Holly
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 10:03:59

    Beautiful hand pies🙂 Glad you had a great holiday!

  18. Karen
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 10:15:42

    What a great way to share Christmas. I think both the hand pies and the galette look great.

  19. Food,Photography & France
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 10:47:15

    Pretty nice idea. Hope you had good Christmas.

  20. Parsley Sage
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 11:25:06

    Great personal holiday treat! And how cool is Skype, huh? Some people say internet/technology is the downfall of man but then you read something like this and realize how much easier it makes things for families (like ours) that just can’t get away for the holidays🙂

  21. Miriam
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 11:25:19

    They look amazing! Happy Holidays🙂, Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  22. Liz
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 11:26:29

    Both desserts look fabulous…I have a weakness for apple pies/turnovers/galettes! And how modern of you to have a Skype Christmas!!! So nice to have some face to face time with your loved ones~

  23. bakingaddict
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 12:31:21

    Skype Christmas conference sounds like the modern family! So glad you got to spend time with family virtual or otherwise. I love apple pies and this looks amazing!

  24. Caroline
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 13:05:52

    That’s too cool you were able to Skype with your family! Both of these desserts look divine…I’d love one of those hand pies right now.😀

  25. Kay aka Babygirl
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 13:17:41

    Your Apple Hand Pies look wayyyy better than any fast food joint apple pies. Oh yours just look amazing. I love both desserts

  26. Cakelaw
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 15:30:42

    These are fab looking pies. In Oz, we call these apple turnovers. I am with you on the pastry – I bought a stash if frozen pastry before Xmas that I will use when I need to in the New Year

  27. Kristin & Megan (@BonBonRoseGirls)
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 16:01:19

    I’ll take a dozen of those please! Ha!

  28. Simply Life
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 18:06:58

    I was pretty sure I couldn’t handle another sweet thing- but I think I could make room for this🙂

  29. Kathy
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 18:14:35

    Skype is so amazing. It’s such a great tool for helping families stay close. Your pies look wonderful…bet they were delicious!

  30. JasmyneTea
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 18:45:22

    The wonders of technology😛 glad you got to see family though! These pies look great, excellent for the weather and the season!

  31. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 01:46:18

    Your pies and galette look beautiful! I attempted to Skype my parents on Christmas, though I was having technical difficulties. But that’s amazing you all could get on at once.

  32. Anita Menon
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 05:15:01

    what an excellent idea to have a family get together, the virtual way. Next time, I am going to suggest it to my parents and cousins. May take a little effort but I am sure it would be totally worth it.
    The hand pies and galette look scrumptious

  33. purabinaha
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 09:58:33

    Both the pies and galette sound and look so scrumptious! I think, if I made them, they would turn out to be something else. Your’s look fabulous!
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  34. Trevor Sis Boom
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 10:08:03

    Well I do love the idea of a Skype christmas. In fact, after this last go around I think I would prefer it. I have a full year now to work on the idea!

  35. C
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 10:12:51

    I want to make both the hand pie and the galette. Needless to say, apple filling is perfect.

    I think you are wise to use ready made pie crusts, especially, at this ti me of year, when we are so busy.

    Happy New Year

  36. spicegirlfla
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 10:53:22

    Yumm…how delicious! I love the little hand pies! I know how it feels to have family scattered about, but how great was that to share over Skype!! I’m going to have to get my sister to Skype with me!! I love it!!

  37. Dara
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 13:19:05

    These look adorable and tasty! I also had a Skype Xmas. Great post.

  38. kitchenbelleicious
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 14:49:53

    LOVE! Can i just leave it at that? LOVE

  39. eatinglikeahorse
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 15:30:06

    Doing a Skype Christmas was such a good idea! So much better than just phone calls🙂
    And why is it that your pictures of everything you make always make me want to make whatever it is immediately; these pies look so good!

  40. Inger Wilkerson
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 15:52:42

    These look fun and delicious! My oldest is studying abroad and we have Skyped her from every holiday party–very different from my college days!

  41. RadioDiva
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 16:45:29

    Merry Christmas Yummy! Your pies are to die for!!! =)
    And there’s nothing wrong with a little shortcut here or there. The fact is if you didn’t mention, no one would everrrrrr know. Way to go!

  42. muppy
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 18:46:04

    apple pie has to be one of my favourite desserts.

  43. eva626
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 20:05:20

    they look lovely!

  44. chunklet's mom
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 22:02:52

    Those pies turned out beautifully 🙂

  45. vianney
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 23:24:01

    How cool to still see your family!! I love your hand pies, shortcuts are the best for the holiday season!! they look tasty!

  46. Christine
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 23:34:56

    Pies look so good. Cool that you were able to Skype with everyone! Love technology.

  47. Ameena
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 23:57:07

    Isn’t Skype the best? A Skype Christmas conference sounds fabulously techie – my hubby would be proud.

    Happy New Year my friend! The pies look delicious!

  48. sanya
    Dec 29, 2011 @ 04:41:50

    I love apple in anything baked and these look so golden and delicious!
    What a perfect xmas! time with fam and time to yourself!

  49. cindyrina
    Dec 29, 2011 @ 07:10:16

    Oh gosh! look tempting….seriousl with that golden pastry and that filling look juicy with taste of sweet and sour..Happy new year to you!!!!

  50. Cher
    Dec 29, 2011 @ 07:10:54

    We had a very quiet Christmas this year – I never would have thought to Skype in with my out of town family…very clever.
    Anything apple in a pastry crust is always a good deal…

  51. Culinary Collage
    Dec 30, 2011 @ 15:47:29

    These pastries look amazing. I love anything made with apples!

  52. Tasty Mayhem
    Jan 01, 2012 @ 14:29:35

    So impressed that you’ve blogged through the holidays. These both look delicious. No regrets on the frozen crust: I hate the trouble of making pie crust and often use Whole Foods crusts.

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