Until recently (and by recently, I mean this past year) I was never really a fruit pie person. Then this past summer I became absolutely obsessed with making Peach Pie and as soon as October rolled around, there was nothing I wanted more than a homemade apple pie. Good thing I purchased that half bushel of apples.
As a kid I liked to have a slice of my grandma’s peach pie in the summer and have always been a big fan of pumpkin pie, but for the most part when it came to dessert, I only had one thing to say. Give. Me. The. Chocolate. There was always one exception to the chocolate rule though, and that was those horribly delicious little individually wrapped, super processed fruit pies that you find on displays at the end of the aisle in the grocery store. You know what I’m talking about, right? The pies that are already sickenly sweet before they cover them in a layer of sugary glaze. Oh my gosh. Those pies. They are so bad, but so good! My brother and I used to beg my mom to buy us one when she took us grocery shopping. Being a good budget and health conscious mom, she nearly always said no. But those few times we got one… man were they good!
I have no idea what got me thinking about those pies lately, but instead of impulse buying one when I stopped at the grocery store after work, I thought it would be fun to make my own. Unlike the packaged pies, I was able to use all natural ingredients and top mine with a decadent caramel glaze.
(Do you like the way I point out that “I was able to use all natural ingredients” as if that counteracts the 2 sticks of butter called for in the recipe? Totally healthy, right!?)
Forget about all the butter and just go make these pies. They are fun and adorable and a totally cool grown up twist on a childhood favorite. I have a feeling you’re gonna love ’em!
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 Tbs sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 sticks cold butter, cubed
- 5ish Tbs ice water
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 2 cups apples, diced
- 2 Tbs granulated sugar
- 2 Tbs brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- zest of 1 small lemon
- 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp tapioca
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 c salted caramel (our recipe or store bought)
- 1 Tbs milk
- Food processor or pastry cutter
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
To make the crust, combine the flour, sugar, and salt in the food processor. Pulse a few times just to mix them together. Add the cubed butter, and pulse the food processor quickly to cut the butter into the flour. When the mixture looks crumby, slowly start adding the water. Continue pulsing until dough forms. 5 Tbs is a good rule of thumb, but be prepared to adjust the amount of water based on the weather. Refrigerate the dough until ready to use.
For the filling, peel, core and dice 2-3 apples. You will want about 2 cups for the filling. Mix the apples in a medium sized bowl with the granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.
On a well floured surface, roll the pastry dough to a 1/8 inch thickness. Use a pint glass to cut 12 rounds and transfer them to the prepared baking sheets. Top each pastry round with a heaping tablespoon of the prepared apple filling. Re-roll the remaining dough and cut another 12 rounds. Use your hands to flatten them out a bit, and top each pie with another pastry round. Use your hands to gently press the pastry over the filling and to seal the edges of the pie. Use the prongs of a fork to completely seal each pie. Gently cut a small ‘x’ into the top of each pie to let out steam as they bake. Brush the pies with the egg white and sprinkle with some additional sugar. Bake the pies for a half hour or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire wrack.
While the pies are cooling, prepare the glaze. Whisk together the powdered sugar, caramel, and milk. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled pies.
The Caramel Glaze is from Two Peas and Their Pod’s recipe for Pumpkin Toffee Cookies with Caramel Glaze.
Because sometimes grownups need sweet treats too.