Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Masa Apple Hand Pies with "Eggnog" Icing -gluten free, vegan & top 8 allergen free

After a long break from blogging, I'm back!

Sometimes you gotta step back, take a break from any "extra" activities in life and focus on the family and go after some Autism "issues" at full force!

I'm so happy to be back and share some more Allergy Free treats with anyone who's interested. Now that we survived Halloween, we are ready for the Holiday season and all the changes the weather is going to throw at us here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!  Bring it.

One recipe we have really been enjoying is our Masa Hand Pies.  We make them savory and sweet. There are endless filling opportunities for Hand Pies, which makes me very happy!  ( It's the little things ) 

So, of course, since we are heading into the pie making season- I figured I should start out with a sweet version first.  Delicious Apple Hand Pies with a Coconut Eggnog Icing.   Yum.  These are best if served fresh, but no one was complaining when we reheated them the next day- just saying.

gluten free, vegan and top 8 allergen free

Masa Apple Hand Pies with Coconut Eggnog Icing:
makes 8 Hand Pies

Masa Hand Pie Dough:

1 1/3 Cup Masa Corn Flour
1/4 tsp.  Salt
1 TB  Granulated Sugar (of choice) *can leave out
3/4 Cup  Hot (tap) Water
4-6 TB  Cold (tap) Water

Canola oil for frying

In medium bowl mix masa, salt and sugar together.  Add in hot water and mix until crumbly.  Cover bowl tightly and let set for 30 minutes.   After 30 minutes add in cold water 1 tablespoon at a time until you can form a ball.  I always "mix" with my hands to work in the water.  (You don't want a really wet dough)  Separate into 8 small balls.  Using a tortilla press lined with parchment, press into a 5-5 1/2 inch circle.  Slide you parchment with the masa round into your "form" and fill with 1 heaping spoonful of the cooled apple pie mixture.  Press closed firmly.  I always pinch around the edge with my fingers to insure a sealed edge.  Lay on a tray and cover with a wet towel until ready to fry.  Heat 1/2 inch of oil in pan.  Fry 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown.  Lay on paper lined cooling tray.  Cool slightly and frost.  Enjoy!

Apple Pie Filling:

2 Apples (of choice)  Pealed and finely chopped
1 TB  Butter  (I use Earth Balance-Soy free butter stick or spread)
1/4 Cup  Organic Brown Sugar
dash of salt
1/4 tsp.  Ground Organic Cinnamon

Over medium heat in a small saucepan melt butter and add in prepared apples and salt.  Cook 5 minutes or so until soft.  Add in sugar and cinnamon and cook additional 5 minutes.  Cool before filling hand pies to fry.

Coconut Eggnog Icing:

1 TB   Coconut Milk Eggnog  (I use So Delicious brand)
1 TB   Butter, softened   (I use Earth Balance-Soy free)
1 Cup  Organic Powdered Sugar
1/8 tsp.  Ground Organic Cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in small bowl until combined.  Ice hand pies once slightly cooled.

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This is the tortilla press I use.  I've tried many, but the
cast iron type works the best.  If you don't have one just
roll out the dough between parchment paper into a
5-5 1/2 inch  round.  *don't forget to line the tortilla press.

I bought a set of these years ago in all different sizes.
 If  you don't have any of these forms, just fold over and
pinch closed and add detail with a fork.

This is how the Masa Dough looks before you cover and
let sit for 30 minutes, very crumbly.

Once you start adding the cold water, mix with hands and the
dough will start to form together with very little water
added.  You don't want a gooey/wet dough.

Form into small balls and press into 5-5 1/2 inches round.

Fill your pressed dough with 1 heaping tablespoon of the apple
pie mixture and seal.  * I just slide the parchment right over
to the form and seal it that way.

I always take a pinch of the dough and test the temperature
of the oil before adding the Hand Pie.

Fry 1-2 minutes on each side.

Once golden brown, cool on a paper towel lined cooling rack.

Once slightly cooled.....ice!


Also shared at:    Gluten Free WednesdayAllergy Free WednesdaysShow and Share WednesdaysFull Plate ThursdayGluten Free FridaysFoodie FridayFat TuesdayCreate Link InspireTotally Talented Tuesdays


  1. I saw this on Full Plate Thursday, and I was super excited to see that this is a GF recipe! I also have a son with autism, and he and I are both very sensitive to gluten. This recipe will definitely make him happy :) I love your blog, and look forward to visiting it in the future!

    1. Thanks! I hope he (and you, of course!) like it! The Masa dough is so much easier than dealing with a traditional pie dough for making a hand pie, and gives it a twist in flavor. I will try and post some of the savory hand pies we make, they are a real hit with my daughter and she is really picky!

  2. Welcome back, these look amazing!! I am thinking I might try a pumpkin or cherry filling...although ham and "cheese" could be good too! Fun to play with.

  3. Hi Jolene,
    Your Apple Hand Pies look wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you stay warm and cozy on this cold day.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Saw you featured at Allergy Free Wednesdays, and these sound absolutely scrumptious! I don't have to avoid as many ingredients so I will probably make some substitutions, but I will definitely be giving these a try!