Caramel Apple Hand Pies (and a giveaway!)

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Yesterday was my one year blogiversary! I really can’t believe it’s been a whole year of baking and posting.  It’s been so amazing (virtually) meeting so many other bloggers and finding a place in such a great community.

A year ago I was in a strange place. My daughter had just started Kindergarten and I kept getting asked about what I was going to do now that she was in school. I knew I didn’t want to go back to teaching. I wanted to continue staying home, but also I wanted to find something for me. Everything I’d been doing for the previous five years had been about my daughter. I knew I wanted to be doing something creative, but had no idea what.

Now, one year later, I know what my passion is. I know what I want to do when I grow up. Baking and blogging make me happy. Sure, spending time with my daughter does too, but there is something about spending time creating food and writing about it that is magical for me. I don’t know what sort of a job I’ll be in five years from now but I do know that it will, in some way, include my baking and this blog. Thank you all for continuing on this journey with me.

Now I may not admit this openly, (oops, I’m about to) but I love presents on birthdays and anniversaries.  (Come on, you know you all think that way too…right?) So because it’s my blogiversary…I’m giving you a present!

I saw this cute petite pie maker at Sur la Table last month. I had to have one. I mean, it makes personal pies. How could I not have one? And, I grabbed two because I knew I’d want to share one with you all, my readers.

It’s super simple to use – just roll out your pie dough and press to cut cute little scalloped circles. Fill with any filling and press again to seal. Bake and eat. It’s a perfect individual dessert make

I made caramel apple pies with mine. Apple is one of my favorite pies and it’s that time of year – caramel apple time. (And yes, I did use a fork to eat mine. Makes it last longer.)

Caramel Apple Hand Pies
Crust recipe by AllRecipes, filling recipe by Crazy for Crust

Ingredients:
1 refrigerated pie crust (from a box of two) OR use the following recipe for crust
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, diced and chilled
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup ice water
2 Granny Smith apples
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon water
1 tablespoon tapioca (for thickening), optional
2 tablespoons caramel sauce

Directions:

  1. Add the flour and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse once to combine. Add the cold butter and pulse until the mixture becomes coarse. Add the water slowly, one tablespoon at a time, while running the machine until dough comes together in a ball. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Peel and slice the apples thin. Place them, with 1 teaspoon of water, in a skillet over medium-low heat. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Cook for 3 minutes until the apples just begin to lose their very white color. Drain off excess liquid. Stir in tapioca if you are using it. Set aside.
  3. Roll out your crust on a floured surface. Open the petite pie press completely and place it, scalloped side down, on the crust. Punch out two circles. Place one circle in the bottom half of the press. Add half the apple filling. Top with 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce. Place the second crust round on top and press the lid down. You may need to use a little water to help seal the edges. Repeat with rest of crust.  Bake at 350 degrees about 25 minutes. Serve warm (with ice cream, if desired).
*If you don’t have a petite pie maker you can do the same thing by pressing out two circles of crust, adding your filling to the center and then use a fork to press the edges together.
Yield: 2 hand pies

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75 comments

  1. Holy Cow that’s cool! I follow you with GFC!

  2. Ps…. that pie looks yummy!

  3. These are so darn cute!!! I wanna make them!

  4. I follow you via GFC! And I still wanna make these =o)

  5. Those hand pies look delicious!!!!

    Ellen

    http://everydaysisters.blogspot.com

  6. You had me at XO! I would’ve grabbed a bunch of those cute individual pie makers!. I follow you on twitter, twitted the giveaway, and linked on Facebook.

  7. My first comment: Thank you for all the inspiration. And happy one year anniversary!

  8. I follow you on Twitter, FB, and Google. 🙂

  9. Happy Blogiversary! I’ve enjoyed your blog – you always have such great recipes. I also love your little pie mold. These look and sound delicious! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  10. Flour me with love sent me…Happy Anniversary! I’m a new comer & quite glad I was directed in your direction.

  11. These look yummy!!

  12. What cute lil pies! 🙂

  13. Happy Anniversary! I would love to win this! I follow you on Facebook.

    DGUIL81022@aol.com

  14. Way to go on your Blog
    Reaching far and near.
    Who knew you would
    Already be celebrating
    The special date of one year.
    Each day reading your blog
    I get such a high
    I just love your recipes
    of all the cakes, cookies and pie[s]!
    If only thru your blog we have met
    I certainly would love to WIN the
    Petite “pielette”…….
    I follow you on facebook
    I have invited many to have a look.
    As for the voting
    I surely hope you win
    To overlook someone like you
    Would just be such a sin.

  15. How cute I would love to win!!! ciao4now64@yahoo.com

  16. Fall is the perfect time for pies! Thanks for the chance 🙂

    sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

  17. I’m your newest GFC follower and FB liker (sarah bee)

    sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

  18. I found this through another blog, and I’m hooked! I love to cook, but baking is my all-time favorite past time – it makes the house smell heavenly and you get yumminess to share with family and friends. I’m following you on Facebook as well now. I Love the mini pies – maybe it will help my husband portion out his share of the dessert… or he’ll have one in each hand!

  19. I want to thank you all for your kind thoughts on my blog and my 1 year anniversary. I wanted to respond each time I got a comment but didn’t want to skew the giveaway. Thank you all again, I couldn’t be doing this without you. 🙂

  20. Congratulations on your first blog anniversary, Dorothy. Wishing you many more happy years in Blogland. So glad to have virtually met you. 🙂

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