These gluten free hand pies are loaded with an apple pie filling and drizzled in a sweet cinnamon glaze.
Recipes like these gluten-free apple hand pies serve as a reminder that imperfection can really be a beautiful thing.
I am often thinking about the implications of screen time and the “perfect” worlds that they (we) are constantly consuming online.
I am certainly guilty of not posting a photo to Instagram or scrapping a whole recipe shoot because, for the most minute of reasons, they didn’t stack up to those images I compare them to in the online world.
Case in point—these little apple hand pies. While I was working on the recipe, when it came time to fold the dough over the sweet apple-cinnamon filling, one or two of the pies would have multiple cracks and burst seams. Discouraged that they didn’t all look like smooth pockets, I’d coat them in egg wash and wish them the best on their way into the oven.
I discovered that when the hand pies emerged, golden and fragrant, they all had beautiful cracks and crevices. The apple filling was held in tightly and the drizzle of cinnamon glaze added a pastry-worthy finish.
Perfectly imperfect in every way, and a reminder when I least expected it, these apple pies are delicious and satisfying. You’ll probably want one in each hand.Print
Tessa F., baking enthusiast and school counselor, adopted a gluten-free diet to eliminate severe migraines. Tessa's success has inspired her to share her love of gluten-free baking using natural, seasonal, whole ingredients. Find more of her recipes on the blog Salted Plains.