Mini Apple Hand Pies with Salted Caramel

Happy 4th of July friends! In honor of celebrating our independence from those fun Brits who wanted us to drive on the left side of the road and favored the letters ‘S’ and ‘U’, I thought I’d share one of my most quintessentially American recipes. It doesn’t get much more American than eating apple pie and homemade ice cream. Am I right?

Kiwi+Peach: Mini Apple Hand Pies with Salted Caramel

These pies are the perfect dessert for cookout because you can just pick them up and pop them in your mouth. No cutlery needed. Plus they are precious, yea? Everything is cuter in miniature.

Kiwi+Peach: Mini Apple Hand Pies with Salted Caramel

Mini Apple Hand Pies with Salted Caramel

{adapted from Just a Taste, makes 8 little pies}

The Dough
1 cup whole wheat flour + some for flouring your work surface
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup plain yogurt {or sour cream}

The Filling
1 granny smith apple
1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp whole wheat flour
2 tbsp caramel sauce
sea salt

The Wash
1 egg
1 Tbsp water

In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Cube your butter and toss it in there. Go ahead and measure the yogurt but don’t add it yet. Using your hands, work the butter into the flour. Then mix in the sour cream and transfer to a well floured surface and knead it a bit. The dough will be pretty wet, so as you are kneading, slowly add more flour until it’s not sticky anymore. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a rectangle and then fold it into thirds. Roll it out and fold into thirds again. Then wrap it up in Glad wrap and stick it in the fridge while you work on the filling.

Preheat the oven to 450°F/225°C.

Peel your apple and chop it up pretty small. Put your little pieces of apple in a bowl. Douse it with the lemon juice and sprinkle with the brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Mix it up and let it sit for a bit.

Grab the dough from the fridge and turn it out on a well floured surface. Roll it out pretty thin. Use a 3 inch biscuit cutter {or a glass} to cut out you circles. Keep re-rolling it out until you’ve gotten as many circles as possible.

Spoon the apple filling onto half of the circles and top each with a generous 1/2 tsp of caramel sauce. {I used a sauce that came in a jar because I have had ZERO luck making my own caramel here in Germany. Something to do with the fact that their brown sugar isn’t real brown sugar.} Sprinkle with sea salt and then top with the other half of the circles. Press the edges together and then using a fork, really press them closed. Cut three slits in the top of each pie. In a small bowl, mix together the egg and water to make your egg wash. Brush the tops of your pies with the egg wash and pop it in the oven for 15 minutes. When they are finished let them cool for a quick minute and then plate them up for your cook out!

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