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Founder of Southern Bake Pie Company Shares the Secret to Making the Perfect Pie Crust Everytime

Posted at 1:31 PM, Oct 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-26 14:31:23-04

Cookbook author Amanda Wilbanks, also founder of Southern Baked Pie Company made Apple Football Hand Pies. You can find Southern Baked Pie Company pies in the Draper James ❤ Crate & Barrel collection at Draper James and online at
The Apple Hand Pies can now be purchased here: More recipes and tips from Amanda can be found on or on Instagram @southernbakedpie and Facebook: Southern Baked Pie Company.  

Makes 6 hand pies 


3 granny smith apples, peeled and cored
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Southern Baked pie dough (recipe below)
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a large bowl, combine apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix until well combined. Set aside. Roll out dough into 2 (12 -inch) circles. Cut 6 football shapes out of each circle for a total of 12 footballs. Re-roll the scraps if needed to get all the football shapes. Place 6 footballs on parchment paper then spoon apple mixture evenly into each shape. Place the remaining 6 football shapes over the mixture and press around the edges to seal closed. Using a sharp knife, cut slits into the top of each football. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.


(Makes dough for 1 single 9-inch crust ) 

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar 
1/4 cup water
 Cut the butter into small cubes. Combine butter and flour in a mixing bowl. Using a pastry blender, work the butter into the flour. Add the salt and sugar. Continue to work the butter into the flour until the mixture has a consistency of course-ground cornmeal. The cubes of butter should now be smaller than the size of a green pea. Add the water, all at once. Continue to work the dough until the dough begins to come together. Form the dough into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap, and press into the shape of a disk. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours to chill. Remove dough from refrigerator and roll out to desired size on a lightly floured surface. Tip: The trick to making delicious pie dough is using cold ingredients. I even chill my flour, salt, and sugar. Starting with very cold butter and ice cold water will make a world of difference when it comes to the texture of the dough.