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California Apple Caramel Hand Pies

September 27, 2017
CA Grown Mom

Susan Phillips

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California Apple Caramel Hand Pies

It’s Fall Y’all!

And what better time than Fall to enjoy apples from Apple Hill, in Northern California!  Cooler temperatures in the northern region of our great state allow us Californians to enjoy crisp, sweet apples for a few months.  Yay us!
We love apples around our house, so when I got my hands on a bag of the green beauties, I decided to use a few for these handheld treats.

 

Simple to make and even easier to eat, these convenient goodies are perfect for rushed mornings.  They pack well in a lunchbox and are an ideal choice for a modest, after dinner dessert.

 

Packed with fresh apples and oozing with soft caramel, these hand pies are going to be your new favorite Fall goodie.

Let’s make some!

Here it is… the perfect California apple. Look for them NOW in your grocery stores and farmer’s markets!

 

I made my life easy and purchased refrigerated pie crusts from the store.  I made 8 handpies with one double crust box.  Using a wide-mouth Mason jar, I cut out 8 circles per dough.

 

I cut each apple into small, consistent pieces so I could keep the cook time to a minimum, as we aren’t precooking the filling (yay for time savers!)

 

Mix the flour, sugar and cinnamon into the apples

 

Lastly, fold in the chopped pecans.  Allow mixture to rest while you lay out the pastry rounds on the baking sheet

 

Add a generous amount of filling to each round

 

Place the top round on top of the filling, making sure the two pastries meet each other on the edges

 

Press the edges with a fork to seal

 

Brush the tops and edges with egg wash

 

Dust the tops with sanding sugar and pop in a 425 degree oven for 15 minutes

 

Ho-Lee-Cow.  It’s almost too much to take!

The crisp, flaky crust and the sweet gooey filling is the perfect ratio of textures.  I always feel like I want more crust when I eat an apple pie, and this hand pie is a perfect balance.  

 

Break one open and enjoy!

 

Here is the recipe for ya…

Caramel Apple Hand Pies
Yields 16
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Golden Delicious apples
  2. 8 soft caramels, cut into small cubes
  3. 2 boxes double crust pie dough
  4. 1/4 cup sugar
  5. 1/2 t. cinnamon
  6. 2 T. flour
  7. 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  8. 2 T. sanding sugar
  9. 2 eggs, whisked. You can add a little water if needed to thin
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Core apples and cut apples into small cubes. Add the sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Stir to combine. Add the pecans and set aside
  3. Using a wide mouth mason jar, cut out circles from each pie crust. You should get at least 8 rounds per crust.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment and place the rounds on the parchment. Add filling to each round. Add 4 or 5 small pieces of caramel. Place the top round on top and seal by pressing with the tines of a fork.
  5. Brush each top with the egg wash and cut an X on the top of each round for venting. Dust with sanding sugar
  6. Place in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool for about 5-10 minutes before enjoying.
  8. Can be kept in an airtight container for up to 5 days, but I'm sure that won't happen 😉
Adapted from Inspiration
Adapted from Inspiration
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