Delicious hand pies with spiced apple and pumpkin filling. Fun and easy to make treat for Halloween!
Place apples and golden caster sugar in a medium saucepan and add 2 tbsp of water. Cover with the lid and cook for 5 minutes, until the apples are soft. Set aside allowing ti to cool slightly, then add pumpkin puree and cinnamon, and mix it gently.
In a small bowl, mix together maple syrup and cornflour and stir into apple and pumpkin mixture.
Unroll your pastry, and using 10 cm round cookie cutter (or a stencil of your choice), cut 12 identical circles. Spoon the apple and pumpkin filling onto half of your pastry circles, ensuring to leave about 1 cm boarder around the edge. Brush the edges of pastry with milk, then place a plain pastry disk on top. Make a small dents in the top and bottom of your pies, to form pumpkin or an apple shape and seal the edges with the fork. Poke a steam hole with a skewer, brush the pastry all over with milk, then place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Heat the oven to 200C (180C fan), and bake the pies for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Sprinkle with the sugar, and leave to cool for 15 minutes. Enjoy served with ice cream, caramel sauce or custard.
* I have used a pumpkin stencil, it was about 10cm wide.
* You can save all the off- cuts of your pastry to cut out more decorations (stalks or leaves), or to make even smaller pies.