A Pastry GOLD Medal!

Making desserts with a homemade pastry have always been intimidating to me.  The only pastry recipe that I have made multiple times comes from a fabulous empanada recipe I found in my MAD HUNGRY cookbook by Lucinda Scala Quinn.  My friend Mike recommended this cookbook to me last year, and I LOVE it.  My “hungry” boys have enjoyed several of the recipes I’ve tried from this collection.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mad-hungry-lucinda-scala-quinn/1110764729

No, I did not make empanadas this time (but writing about them makes me crave them).  Today’s recipe came in an email from FARMHOUSE DELIVERY.  Those guys are always so good about sending recipes for the produce that comes in our bi-weekly bushel.

MAPLE-GLAZED APPLE CHEDDAR HAND PIES
As I unpacked my bushel this week, those apples just spoke to me.  “Make the pies,” they whispered.  I could not resist.  The pastry was pretty easy to put together, with the help of my Cuisinart.  The labor comes in peeling and dicing the apples, but they cooked up quickly.  Then you wait while everything cools.  The dough was a little tricky to roll out (because I did not chill it long enough).  I could not wait any longer!

One of the BEST things about this recipe is that the pies are baked (not fried – although I have been known to drool over the amazing Fried Pies at Monument Café in Georgetown).  Enough talk.  Here is a picture of one of the pies I made:


Here is the FARMHOUSE photo and recipe: http://farmhousedelivery.com/blog/maple-glazed-apple-cheddar-hand-pies/

OK, you may have noticed that there has been no mention of eating the pies.  Well, I have to admit, that this little friend was one of the best desserts I’ve ever made.  The filling was so flavorful, but the pastry was the star – a perfect flaky texture.  I’m sure the 2 sticks of butter had nothing to do with that J.  So, the first batch of four pies went like this:

Marc and I shared one the first night, slightly warm and perfectly divine.
The second pie went to our friend Paula, who so graciously helped us organize our recent Wine Cru Happy Hour event.
The third went to Hill, quickly divided into little pieces for the lunch bunch to try.
The fourth went to UUMC for another tasting.

I can’t wait to make these again!  I am always on the hunt for delicious fruit desserts.  If you have a favorite, please share!

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