Here’s another quick and easy fall recipe for y’all! I don’t think there’s a better fall treat than a carmel-covered apple. They remind me of picking apples with my mom and my sister when I was a little kid! So this dish got me right into that fall spirit, and made my roommate very happy as well! These little guys are easy and great for a Halloween party or some other fall gathering. This recipe is from Just a Taste, and I encourage you to check out her website – it’s filled with clever and creative recipes!
Salted Carmel Hand Pies: Makes 10 (though if you take the excess dough, scrunch it into a ball, and roll it out again you can make even more!!
- For the dough:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 1/2 cup cold sour cream
- For the filling:
- 2 cups small diced (peeled) Granny Smith apples
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
- 8 store-bought soft caramels, roughly chopped
- Large flake sea salt
- Egg wash (1 egg lightly whisked with 1 Tablespoon water)
- Crystal sanding sugar (optional)
- Make the dough:
- Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.
- Add the cubed butter to the bowl and use your fingers to work the butter into the flour until the mixture is the consistency of wet sand.
- Stir in the sour cream (the dough will be very wet), and then turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface.
- Knead the dough a few times until it comes together, adding more flour, 1 teaspoon at a time, if the dough is too sticky to handle. Roll the dough into an 8×10-inch rectangle and dust both sides with flour before folding it into thirds as if you were folding a letter.
- Rotate the dough 90º and roll it out again into an 8×10-inch rectangle. Fold the dough again into thirds then wrap it securely in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes while you make the filling.
- Make the filling:
- In a small bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar and flour, stirring until thoroughly mixed. Set aside.
- Assemble the pies:
- Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
- Remove the dough from the refrigerator and unfold it onto a well-floured surface, rolling it out to a 14×14-inch square.
- Using a 3-inch circular cookie cutter or cup, cut out as many circles as possible. Re-roll the scraps and continue cutting out circles until you run out of dough, ensuring you end up with an even number of circles. (You should have approximately 20 3-inch circles.)
- Place six of the dough circles on a Silpat or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Spoon a small portion of the apple filling into the center of each circle, leaving enough of a border around the filling. Top the apple filling with a portion of the chopped caramels and a pinch of sea salt. Place a second dough circle atop each filled circle then use a fork to crimp the edges together, sealing each pie.
- Brush each pie with the egg wash, and using a sharp knife, cut two or three vents on the top of each pie. Sprinkle the pies with crystal sanding sugar (optional). **Note: This is what makes them look pretty and golden! I accidentally skipped this step and they still turned out delicious, just not as photograph-worthy!
- Bake the pies for about 15 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.
- Remove the pies from the oven and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Repeat the filling and baking process with the remaining dough circles.
Word of warning, I ate 4 of these the minute they were out of the oven – They’re absolutely delicious! They also can be stored for a few days, but I do recommend putting them in the microwave for 15 seconds or so to warm them back up again so that way the carmel on the inside is all gooey and perfect. Also – a scoop of vanilla ice cream with this never hurt anyone!! Happy eating everyone, and I hope everyone has a happy, delicious, Halloween!
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