Mini Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies!
For my birthday, my friends got me a bunch of cool stuff including a trio of mini hand pie presses/cutters from Williams-Sonoma. I finally had the chance to whip it out and put them to good use. While it is not necessary to have these empanada press-like mini pie presses/crimpers, it’s a cute kitchen accessory. Using a pastry cutter, a small glass/bowl, and a fork will achieve the same effect. Just don’t forget to use a knife to make a few vent slits/holes.
Follow your favorite apple pie recipe. During pie assembly, add in chopped pieces of caramels and add a sprinkle of sea salt. Continue on as normal and bake. That’s how simple it is to add a salted caramel twist to a traditional apple pie! I would probably only recommend this technique for small hand pies or mini hand pie sizes. For larger pies, I would recommend using a dulce de leche-type caramel.
Prior to eating, serve the hand pie warm to soften the caramel. A few secs in the microwave or a quick toasting in the toaster oven should do the trick. Otherwise, you may lose a tooth trying to eat the caramel, depending on how much you generously shoved into the hand pie.