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Salted Carmel Mini Apple Pies

Apple PiesAfter I baked my first pie a few years back I was shocked at the simplicity that goes into a pie. I always thought pies were just as complicated as cakes. But aside from the dough, pies are normally done within a few steps. So this past weekend my good friend Leanna and I embarked on baking Salted Carmel Mini Apple Pies. We found this recipe on Pinterest and did our best to follow it with a few tweaks of our own. 

Apple PiesHere’s what you need:

  • Granny Smith Apples (We doubled the recipe below, so 5 apples came out to about 4 cups)
  • Flour (We used spelt flour, hence why it’s brown)
  • Salt (Sea Salt preferred)
  • Baking Powder
  • Butter
  • Sour Cream
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Carmel’s
  • Lemon Juice
  • Egg

Start by preheating the oven at 425. Then it’s time to make the dough.

Dough:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream

Apple PiesFirst mix the dry ingredients together, then cut up 1 cup of cold butter into cubes and knead in with your hands until it starts to have the doughy consistency.

Apple PiesMix in your ½ cup of sour cream. Add in more flour as needed. It’ll start to come together.

Apple PiesYou’ll want to roll out your dough to about 8 x 10. Then fold (with flour) and refrigerate while you make the filling.

For the filling:

  • 2 cups diced Granny Smith apples
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 store-bought soft caramels, roughly chopped
  • Large flake sea salt (See Kelly’s Notes)

Apple PiesNow it’s time to peel and dice your apples!

Apple PiesAdd 2 tsp of lemon juice, ½ tsp of cinnamon, ¼ cup of sugar & 2 tsp of flour into a mixing bowl with the apples. Mix away!

Apple PiesBring your dough back out and roll it out as far as you’re comfortable. We kept our dough about ½ a cm thick. Use a glass or round edge to cut out circles. You’ll probably need to reroll the dough and re cut to get the most use. We used a margarita glass for our circle.

Apple PiesPlace the bottom pieces of dough on a cookie sheet tray with parchment paper and place a bit of the apple filling on each.

Apple PiesThen add as much caramel as you want (frankly, we didn’t add enough). Last you just need a pinch of salt for each.

Apple PiesPlace the top crust over and use either a fork or your fingers to press and seal the edges. (I found using my fingers looked fancier. )

Apple PiesCut a slit or two in each to allow them to breathe.

Apple PiesUse egg to lightly wash the top and sprinkle sugar (We used coarse raw sugar).

Apple Pies

Here’s one with a fancier edge (done with the 3 finger pinch..) Then bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and let cool for a few minutes.

Apple PiesLastly enjoy and check out more tasty treats on pinterest.com/buffaloexchange

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