Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen

Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies

For someone who loves baking so much, I’m not a big pie maker. I absolutely love eating pie, but I don’t make it much in my own kitchen. When I consider why, I don’t really have a good reason, aside from it being a dangerous temptation when it’s sitting on the counter. I also find that pies have been done SO many times, that I struggle to get really creative with recipes. That said, it’s the holiday season now, so I’m sure I’ll have one or two to share with you! But before we get into that, I started with these pretty little portable pies.

I think this was my first shot at making hand pies, which are really as simple as apple pie made into single servings. Usually with pies like these, I worry the crust-to-filling ratio will be off, and as much as I love a good, buttery pie crust, I like the filling to go with it!  This recipe worked out nicely in that department, with a super flavorful filling nicely balancing out the buttery exterior. A quick egg wash and sprinkle with sanding sugar gave the pies a nice golden brown exterior, and a subtle crispness. Lovely!

Salted Caramel Apple Hands Pies

To give these hand pies an extra dose of flavor, I put a generous scoop of salted caramel sauce on top of the apple filling before baking the pies. It’s certainly not a requirement, but I would highly recommend it. I know that the sweet and salty combination has been all the rage for some time now, but I love it, so why mess with a good thing?

The recipe I used called for using soft caramel candies and flake sea salt in place of the salted caramel sauce, and that might be a bit easier in terms of portion control for each pie, but since I had the salted caramel sauce already in the fridge I just went with that. You can try it either way, and I’m sure they’d work equally as well.

Out of sheer laziness, I’m going to send you over to the original recipe on Just a Taste, which I followed closely only changing a couple of things. First, I used nonfat greek yogurt in the crust, in place of sour cream, solely because it’s what I had on hand. That substitution worked just fine. As mentioned, I also used salted caramel sauce instead of soft caramel candies and flake salt, but what you choose is up to you! If you aren’t convinced after reading this post, you’ll definitely want to make these after looking at the photos on Just a Taste. These pies are quick, simple, pretty and tasty – what more could you ask for from a dessert?

Recipe

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