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.
Week 5 of the Reddit 52-week baking challenge was trifles. I have never made one of these before, but have drooled many a time at pictures of them. Mint isn’t generally a winter favorite of mine (cool and refreshing are for summer!), but my son is a huge fan of mint so I threw him a bone this week 😉
The dark chocolate layer you see is a fabulous Taste of Home chocolate chiffon cake – http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chocolate-chiffon-cake – The icing was left off since I was just going to cut it up into chunks anyway. This cake was so light and airy, and my daughter actually (almost) requested this specific cake for her birthday. A winner!
The white layer is just a standard homemade whipped cream, i.e. heavy cream tossed with a bit of sugar and whipped up.
Finally, the Leprechaun-green color is a mint pudding. I had to “wing it” for this, as the only recipes I found online were for chocolate mint pudding, and that wouldn’t get me a cool green color 🙂 Layers are alternated, and a few crushed Andes candies are on top for good measure.
An easy and versatile recipe! Just cake, pudding, and whipped cream in alternating layers.
In a medium saucepan off the heat, whisk together your sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Slowly add in milk while whisking. Add your food coloring now; I used about 3 drops of green leaf gel coloring.
Cook on medium heat while whisking. It will thicken and start to boil. Boil for 1 minute more while stirring.
Take about 1/4 cup of the hot pudding and mix with your egg yolks in a separate small bowl. You are "tempering" them so you don't get scrambled eggs! Now add your yolks back into your saucepan of boiling pudding. Keep whisking and boil for 1 more minute.
Stir in the cut up butter and peppermint extract.
Strain your hot pudding into a separate bowl to get rid of lumps. Pour into dessert cups, Pyrex container, another bowl, etc. Let cool for 2 or 3 minutes and place plastic wrap on top to prevent a skin from forming.
Refrigerate for at least an hour to firm up and get cold.
Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker's vanilla pudding.