I will admit that I sometimes make a run through a certain fast food chain for a 2 for $1 apple pie. And I may or may not share with my little crumb snatchers (mostly share, cause since becoming mommy I never enjoy my meal without sharing); they are just so good. Now I always have apples in my fridge, and I had some puff pastry sheets in the freezer so I decided to make my own little version myself. This is a quick, easy way to satisfy that apple pie craving but be careful they are addictive. I first got the idea from Purple Foodie, and just had to give it a try.
I used a combo of Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Gala; I also used my favorite puff pastry sheets that I use for empanadas. You can certainly use your favorite pie dough if you want to go the fully homemade route; I just chose not to this time. I think this is the simplest apple pie recipe around.
Apple Hand Pies
3 medium sized apples, cored and diced (I used Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Gala)
2 packs puff pastry rounds (I used Goya puff pastry for turnovers)
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp of dark brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cloves
1 tsp corn starch
¼ cup apple juice
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray sheet pan with nonstick spray.
In a bowl combine apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, corn starch and salt.
In a pan sauté apple mixture in butter until it starts to soften.
Add apple juice, and boil until sauce starts to thicken.
Remove from heat and let cool.
Lay out puff pastry round on a lightly floured surface.
Place a tablespoon of filling near center of pastry.
Moisten the edge of pastry with water and fold over to seal with fork (or fold over to give decorative edge).
Place on sheet pan and with a knife cut a few slits in tops to let out steam.
With a pastry brush, brush the tops with some of the sauce the apple are in.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Makes about 24 hand pies.
These little hand pies were a nice little ode to the fast food kind, and just as addictive. I hope you try them soon, be blessed and enjoy.