So yeah…I might still be a bit obsessed with deep frying things. First it was those Apple Cider Glazed Donuts and now it is these adorable Mini Cinnamon Sugar Fried Apple Pies.
I think this recipe is just wonderful. It has so many of the things I love in it…like apples – my favourite fruit. And these apples…well they are entirely covered with that amazing Perfect Salted Caramel Sauce that I told you about earlier this Fall. Not to mention that they were first sauteed in a boozy butter/brown sugar/cinnamon mix before they met up with the caramel. And as if that wasn’t enough, they are then wrapped up in a buttery puff pastry, deep fried and then sprinkled quite liberally with Cinnamon Sugar. Get out of here! – Right?!!
They are sooo tasty! And being the perfect individual pop-into-your-mouth two-bite size, they are completely irresistible. Folks gathered around the Thanksgiving table would certainly be delighted by their appearance, but these mini pies are great for any get together this Fall. Easy to pass around on an appetizer plate, but also easy to dress up a bit for a fun Fall dessert with an additional drizzle of Salted Caramel Sauce and a scoop of Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Dee-lish!
Mini Cinnamon Sugar Fried Apple Pies
recipe slightly adapted from: half baked harvest
- 10 ounces puff pastry
- 4 Granny Smith or Honeycrisp apples
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon bourbon
- 1 teaspoon apple vinegar cider
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (can substitute in vanilla extract)
- 10 teaspoons Salted Caramel Sauce plus more for garnish
- 3 quarts oil, for frying
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Chop the apples into thin slices. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the butter. When it’s melted, throw in the apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon, and cook the apple slices, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until the apples are caramelized.
During the last minute, add the bourbon, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla. Cook for another minute, then remove the skillet from the heat and set it aside.
If needed, roll out your pastry dough so that it’s 1/4-inch thick. Cut the dough into 3-inch circles. Divide the apple filling among half of the pastry rounds. Top each mound of apples with 1/2 – 1 teaspoon Salted Caramel Sauce.
Place the remaining rounds over top of the apples (you may need to stretch the dough to help it fit over the apples). Crimp the edges of the pies with the tines of a fork.
Heat a pot of oil to 350° F. Fry the pies in the hot oil for about 30 seconds on each side, until they are golden brown. Place them on a baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain.
Mix together the cinnamon and the sugar and use it to dust each pie.
Mini Cinnamon Sugar Dusted Fried Apple Pies brought to you by: Runcible Eats (www.leaandjay.com)