2 1/2cupsTYH Sprouted White Wheat Flour or Gluten-Free Baking Mix
1 1/2teaspoonsorganic sugar
1/2cupeach organic unsalted butter and lardcut into small cubes and freeze for 15-20 minutes
5tablespoonsice water, maybe more
4 cupsapples, peeled, cored and diced
1/2cuppacked brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1organic egg, mixed with 1 teaspoon of water
Blend flour, sugar, and salt in food processor.
Add butter and lard. Pulsing the processor, blend until mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer mixture to medium bowl.
Add 5 tablespoons of ice water and mix with a fork until dough begins to clump together, adding more water by teaspoons if dry.
Gather dough together. Divide in half and flatten each half into a disk. Wrap each disk in plastic and refrigerate at least 1 hour. You can make the dough ahead and refrigerate up to 3 days.
Heat a skillet over medium-heat. Add the diced apples, butter, brown sugar and spices to the pan and stir to combine. Cook until the butter is melted and the apples are just soft, but not mushy, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, and transfer the apple filling to a mixing bowl to cool. Set aside and let come to room temperature.
To Bake Pies
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
On a well-floured work surface roll the pie dough disks into 2 rounds about 12” in diameter and 1/8” thick. Using a 3” to 4” star shaped cookie cutter, cut out 12 stars total and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the cooled pie filling to the center of one star, then gently place another star on top. Using a fork, crimp the edges to seal in the filling. Using the tip of a knife, cut a ½” long slit in the top of the stars. Repeat with remaining stars
Brush each of the stars with egg wash then bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Let stars cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.
3 1/4cupsTYH Sprouted White Wheat Flour or Gluten-Free Baking Mix
1tablespoonaluminum-free baking powder
Organic coconut or avocado oil, naturally rendered lard or beef tallowEnough for 2-inch depth in Dutch oven.
Pumpkin-Cinnamon Spice, Buttermilk Glaze, or Maple-Vanilla Glaze
Combine apple cider and grated apple in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 1/2 cup (about 25 minutes). Transfer to a bowl and cool to room temperature. Stir in apple butter, vinegar, and vanilla.
Beat butter and sugar with an electric stand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add egg and beat until combined.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add to butter mixture alternately with apple cider mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat on low just until blended after each addition.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface and roll into a 12- x 9-inch rectangle, about 1/2-inch thick.
Heat preferred fat up to 2 inches into a large Dutch oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut dough using a 2 1/2-inch round doughnut cutter. Use a 1-inch round cutter to cut out the middle of dough rounds, reserving the cutouts as doughnut holes. Re-roll scraps once (any more may result in dense doughnuts).
Fry in batches until golden brown, about 1 minute per side for doughnuts and 45 seconds per side for holes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towel-lined plate. Toss warm doughnuts in Pumpkin-Cinnamon Spice. Or cool to room temperature and dip in Buttermilk Glaze or Maple-Vanilla icing.
Pumpkin-Cinnamon Spice - In a medium bowl whisk together 1 cup organic or maple sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon each, ground cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
Buttermilk Glaze - In a large bowl whisk together 1 1/2 cups organic powdered sugar (make your own in blender or processor: blend 1 cup organic sugar with 2 tablespoons arrowroot until powdery fine), 3 tablespoons organic whole buttermilk, and 1/8 teaspoon sea salt.
Maple-Vanilla Icing - In a large bowl whisk together 2 cups organic powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 tablespoon whole organic or raw milk, and 1/8 teaspoon sea salt.