These salted caramel apple hand pies were DELICIOUS! Consider them a bit more work than just dumping apples in a crust, but I think its worth it.
BTW, if you need a look-no-further salted caramel sauce recipe, here it is. I’ve never made another version of this caramel, cuz it’s perfect already. It’s sweet, salty, and drippy, perfect for filling cupcakes, putting on brownies, or eating it by the spoonful. Not that I have experience in that last one, ahem.
This recipe is part of my Reddit bake challenge, said challenge being caramel this time.
Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies
Combine flour and salt in a bowl.
Using a pastry cutter, your cold fingers, or 2 forks, add cubed butter to flour and salt. Work it until it's crumbly, with some pea- and bean-sized pieces of butter left.
Using a fork, add ice water 1 tbsp at a time until it forms a ball. You may need a little more or less than 6 or 7 depending on the humidity.
Wrap the ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
Combine apples, lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon in a small saucepan.
Cook and stir over medium heat for 2-3 minutes; you want them a bit softened, but definitely not squishy. They will finish cooking in the oven.
Mix cornstarch and water together in a small cup and drizzle into apple mixture. Cook and stir an additional 2 minutes or so. The cornstarch will thicken up the juices.
Set aside to cool for a 10 minutes or so.
Putting Pies Together
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place parchment paper on a rimmed cookie sheet and set aside.
On a lightly flour surface, roll out your dough to about 12 inches in diameter, give or take.
Using a 3 inch biscuit cutter or similar size, cut out circles and set on the parchment paper.
You can re-roll out your dough as needed and cut more circles; I got 9 total from my ball of dough.
Place roughly 1 tbsp apple mixture on one side of the circle and fold over. Drizzle about 1 tsp of salted caramel on top of apple mixture.
Use a fork to press the edges together into half-moon shapes. They will pop open if you don't seal them well. Still yummy, but not quite as pretty 😉
Poke a single hole with a skewer in each pie, to let some juices escape.
Brush top of each pie with the beaten egg.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, starting with 15. Check every few minutes for a beautiful, golden brown color.
Let cool and drizzle more salted caramel on top.
I really LOVE pastries. Given the choice between donuts or a chocolate-filled croissant, I will go croissant every time or in this case BEAR CLAWS!
If you haven’t had one of these before, think delicious yeast pastry with almond paste/cinnamon filling and almond slices for the “toes.” A honey glaze completes the package! Panera Bread sells these, BTW, if you want to try before you bake 😉
These were supposed to be 2-day process, but reality was more like this: make the dough on day 1, forget about it in the fridge for several more days, then fill and bake around day 4. It still turned out tasty!
My bake challenge this week was brunch, and shockingly enough, my mind immediately goes to sweets and pastries for brunch.
This recipe is a keeper and would really be perfect for brunch get-together. They are a bit time consuming, but not difficult. The recipe also made roughly a DOZEN bear claws….please come and help me eat them!!
Homemade almond paste recipe is here.
Original bear claw recipe is here.