Do you ever get insomnia? I do at least once a week. I wake up in the middle of the night because one of the dogs needs to go out, or one of the kids woke up. If it's past 2 am there is no chance I will be returning to sleep.
Most nights I am in bed by 11, but there are nights like last night where I crash because I haven't been sleeping well in the days before. I was conked out before my kids at 8:30 on a Saturday. 2am rolls around and one of my dogs woke me up. Then one of my kids got me up.
After I'm done doing the "Mama I need a cup of milk", or "I lost my stuffed tiger I need it to sleep" I return to bed and restlessly lay there for what seems like hours. I get up pour myself a drink. Get a snack (tonight it was an oatmeal cookie... recipe tomorrow!) . Then back up to bed I go... round 2.
I lay there and lay there, think about all the things I need to get done, worry about if there will be time in the week to do this or that. Then I start to count. I always count to try and put myself to back to sleep. Sometimes it actually works. There are nights I lay there and count sheep. I actually visualize the sheep jumping over a white picket fence....Then are nights like this (yes it's 2:45am!) where I counted "1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi....." Then my mind wanders into...
"Oh man the Mississippi, those poor people in the path of Hurricane Issac, I hope I don't know anyone down there.... I wonder if I have any blogging friends who do..."Then I run through the list of bloggers who I know and where they live. Just double checking to see if I know anyone in the south.
Which then turns my brain into blog mode... I start thinking of everything I have scheduled or need to do this week on the blog front.
So here I am at what is now 2:52 AM editing photos and writing my blog post.
On another note..... I have FOUR posts written and ready to go for next week... why I didn't complete the one that was due the soonest first is beyond me.
Me and my unorganized chaos of a life!
So this week for Sundays With Joy we made her Apple Pie Crosttas. They are the perfect hand held pie/tart ever!
I started the recipe off with every intention of following along. But then I got side tracked as I often do. Just like tonight my brain got side tracked from sleeping and is now writing this blog post!
Here's what I changed with Joy's recipe. First I double the pie crust. She had enough for 8 very small crostatas. Basically a single pie crust recipe. I doubled it because I knew I wanted larger hand pies. I also added 1 tsp of cinnamon to her dough recipe. As for the apples, I added in nutmeg, ginger, and vanilla extract. And I decided to nix the streusel on top and do a double crusted version.
So yeah.... basically I did a whole new recipe....
Cinnamon Roll Apple Hand Pies
For the crust:
3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs of cinnamon
1 cup cold butter cup into cubes
1/2 cup ice water
*additional 4 tbs of cinnamon divided for crust filling
For the apple filling:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tbs King Arthur Flour Pie Filling Enhancer
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
*1 beaten egg for egg wash
In a large mixing bowl add all of the dry ingredients (except for the additional 4 tbs of cinnamon) for your crust together with the butter. Using a pastry blender cut butter into flour. Or using your hands work butter into flour creating small crumbles. Slowly pour in water until the dough comes together. You want it to be kind of shaggy. It may look a little dry. But that's a good thing. Kneed dough just enough to form a ball. Form into 2 disks. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
To prepare your filling
Peel and slice apples, toss with filling ingredients. Set aside until crust is ready.
When your crust has chilled on a floured surface roll each disk of dough out to 1/8 inch thick. Sprinkle each with 2 tbs of cinnamon. Roll dough into a large log. Mine was about 12 inches long. Cut each log into 1/4 inch thick slices. They should look like mini cinnamon buns.
On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet place circles together forming a larger circle about 6 inches across. Piece it together, then press and form dough until you have a circle about 1/4 - 1/8 inch thick.
Arrange 1/4 of your apples in the center of the crust. Repeat dough process and top it with a 2nd cinnamon roll pie crust.
Repeat entire assembly process. Recipe should make 4 6-8in hand pies.
Brush each with egg wash.
Bake at 400 for 10-20 minutes. Or until golden.