Hey – I’m back! And back with some fall goodies that I can’t wait to share with you in the coming weeks.
I don’t know about you, but fall has always been my absolute favorite season – there’s so much to love!
1. Pumpkin everything
2. The pleasant thoughts of cool weather, crisp air; walks crunching through the color changed leaves… (< Note: these thoughts exist only in my dreams because I live in Texas and, well, it’s still 80+ degrees)
3. The anticipation of Halloween then Thanksgiving
4. Pleasant aromas floating through the house
5. Loads of baking (loads of pounds gained…)
6. Fall baseball!! < That is, until your team gets knocked out of the playoffs early… (not going to go there – too much heartache (I’m looking at you Texas Rangers!))
7. Warm, golden sunlight
8. The Sate Fair
9. Pumpkin everything… oh wait, I said that already
10. My brother’s apple pie (not to mention my mom gets into pie baking mode – love!)
I think you get the point: me + fall = ☺
Speaking of apple pie though, I have a deliciously easy recipe that you need to add to your fall baking repertoire. I haven’t always been a big fan of apple pie; I loved my brother’s irresistible crust soaked with the juices from the filling, but the filling itself – not so much. However, over the past few years my taste buds have done some major changing and refining and will now accept some foods as likable and also try previously “no thank you” foods. This includes apple pie. So, I’m happy to say that my grandfather’s apple pie ♥ gene passed down to me after all: I now love apple pie – all of it.
(You hear that, Hunter?? That’s code for: it’s time to get baking! I’ll get some granny smith’s at the store this week, k?) < pardon the personal message to my brother there…
Last year I posted a killer recipe for fried apple pies (mmm… I could use one right now) and can’t wait for you to try these as well. What we are going to do is take some puff pastry – I love puff pastry, it’s so versatile – fill it with a luscious apple pie filling, bake, and top with a maple glaze to finish. And there you have it: fall, right in the palms of your hands.
I love this recipe as it is easy (I used prepared puff pastry to make life easier, but feel free to make your own and then send some my way, please?), and delicious – a combination hard to pass up. And the glaze on top provides us with a delicious prelude to the flaky, succulent goodness beneath. I didn’t time it, but from start to finish, you should have these pies from oven to mouth in 1 hour or less – can’t get much better than that.
If you make these pies (please do!) I would love to know how you liked them – so if you could comment, email, or tag me (@sempredolceblog) on social media, I would be a bundle of happiness!
The lowdown: These hand pies begin with a flaky puff pastry crust before biting into the luscious apple pie filling inside; topped with a spiced maple glaze and easy to make, these Apple Hand Pies are a treat hard to pass up!