What better way to welcome Autumn than with some Vegan Apple Hand Pies. Flakey puff pastry filled with a sweet apple pie filling, decorated with pastry lattice. I’m getting super hungry, keep reading to learn how to make them!
Vegan Apple Hand Pies
My recipe for homemade individual vegan apple hand pies is a really fun dessert for any time of year, but especially during Autumn and Winter. Hand pies are an easy ‘grab and go dessert’ which require little to no prep and take less than 20 minutes to make. There are no serving utensils, plates or special baking tools required- yippee! These hand pies can be served warm straight out of the oven, room temperature, or cold. To be honest, they taste amazing which ever way you serve them. They are a great dessert for young kids to get involved with making too as they’re super fun to make and decorate.
How to make a vegan apple pie hand pie
Pastry : Roll out the pastry and cut out the desired shapes and lattice. Lay an apple shape of pastry on a lined baking tray.
Filling : Mix all of the apple pie filling ingredients in a bowl. Add a teaspoon or two of the filling onto the apple shaped pastry, brush the edges with milk then lay a latticed apple shape pastry on top. Brush with milk and sugar then bake until golden.
Serving : Serve at room temperature, or warm with dairy-free cream / ice-cream.
For this recipe, you’ll want to use a vegan friendly puff pastry. Personally, I like to keep things super quick and easy when making pies so I have enough time for the preparation of the lattice. I use shop bought puff pastry which always does the job. I like to use Jus-Roll’s Puff Pastry.
They also have a gluten-free version which is the one I used for this specific recipe. Roll out the pastry on some grease proof paper, use an apple shaped cookie cutter to cut out some shapes and place on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper. To make the lattice, use a pizza roller to cut out lines of the pastry, lattice them then use the same apple cookie cutter to use out an apple shape. This way the lattice will fit perfectly on top of the pie filling and apple pastry base. Watch how I latticed these pies here.
Apple pie filling
This filling couldn’t be simpler. Chop up some apples, add them into a bowl with spices, flour, sugar and voilá… ready for adding into the pastry. What more could you want? It’s super delicious!
My only tip for the apple pie filling is that you chop the apples into small squares so that they fit snug in the pastry. If you have large chunks of apple, they might not fit in the pastry.
Alternative fillings and decorations
- Jam – Instead of the pie filling, add 1-2 teaspoons of berry jam into the middle of the pies.
- Berries – Swap out the apple for fresh or frozen berries.
- Brown sugar – Sprinkle light brown sugar over the pastry before baking for a richer flavour.
- Caramel – Drizzle store bought or homemade vegan caramel sauce over the pies when baked for a delicious ‘caramel apple dessert’.
Alternative shaped pies
You can shape the hand pies whatever shape you want. I use an apple cookie cutter. I don’t suggest anything smaller as you want enough room for the lattice and pie filling. Bake time will be more or less depending of the size– just bake until pastry is flakey and golden brown.
Can they be made gluten-free?
YES! I actually made this whole dessert gluten-free with the use of gluten-free puff pastry (I use Jus-Roll), and Bobs Redmill Oat Flour in the pie filling. The only wheat / gluten in the recipe is the pastry and the flour in the pie filling. For the pie filling, any flour will work – oat, rice, pea, GF plain flour etc.Print