Carmel Apple Hand Pies

These sweet little carmel apple hand pies are divine and a cinch to make! Soft cinnamony apples and gooey carmel tucked into a tiny flakey crust. They’re like a little package of fall.

carmel apple hand pies

I know that I told you in my last post about our Apple Orchard Adventure that I would share my apple hand pies with you once the new Wenderly site was up but I just can’t wait!! I have too many fall DIY projects, decorating ideas and recipes to share with you so I’ll be posting here until the new site launches.

carmel apple hand pies

Patience has never been one of my strong points.

carmel apple hand pies

I really don’t know why I’ve never made a hand pie?

In my mind they seemed so labor intensive for some reason but I’m here to tell you that they’re not! As a matter of fact, I’ll be making hand pies for every festive occasion for quite awhile! I’m already dreaming up different personalized  hand pies for all who gather around my Thanksgiving table embellished with pastry leaves and acorns. I was even thinking about some savory hand pies for Christmas Eve supper.

carmel apple hand pies

Aren’t they just precious? I adore the rustic look and feel. Using the prepared pie crust really made making these a breeze.

And nobody could even tell the difference.

carmel apple hand pies

Darling little packages of pastry filled with all the delights of the season. Indulge yourself and your loved ones with some carmel apple hand pies today!

Happy Fall!

Wenderly

Carmel Apple Hand Pies
 
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These sweet little carmel apple hand pies are divine and a cinch to make! Soft cinnamony apples and gooey carmel all tucked into a tiny flakey crust.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • For the filling :
  • 5 Jonathan apples (peeled, cored and cut into small cubes)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • 12 carmel squares (cut into 4 pieces)
  • For the crust :
  • 1 package prepared pie crust (I used Trader Joe's)
  • egg and water for egg wash
  • sanding sugar for tops of hand pies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Place the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves into a bowl and toss until mixed together.
  3. Melt butter in a small sauce pan, add apple mixture and cook over a medium heat for 5-7 minutes until apples are tender.
  4. While the apples cook, flour your work surface and roll out prepared pie crust into a ¼ inch thickness
  5. Using a 3 inch round cookie cutter, cut out as many rounds as you can and place on a lined baking sheet. Continue kneading the remaining dough and rolling and cutting until you have 12 dough circles on your baking sheet and 12 other rounds to top the hand pies.
  6. Beat an egg with a splash of water and brush egg wash around edges of the 12 rounds on baking sheet.
  7. Put about a tablespoon of the apple filling into the center of each of the dough circles then tuck 4 carmel pieces into the apple filling of each hand pie.
  8. Place the remaining dough circles on each hand pie.
  9. Seal the hand pies by gently pushing a fork around the edges.
  10. Brush the top of each hand pie with the egg wash, cut a few slits into the top and then sprinkle with sanding sugar.
  11. Enjoy!

 

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Apple Orchard Adventure and Other Things

Apple orchard

 

Times are a changing around here. My girls are growing like beautiful flowers that are blooming into the most delightful young ladies despite all my worry, constant conversations and continuous praying.

Apple orchard

The days seem to slip away in a millisecond as the seasons melt into one another and I find myself trying to memorize yet another year to write on my checks.

Apple orchard

But this past year in particular has been especially blur-like. My eldest learned to drive, my youngest became a teenager, and my life perspective began to dramatically change. The little take for granted’s  became monumental. My faith grew like it hasn’t in years and my constant enamor with social media and online life dissolved into disenchantment. I didn’t really know who I was for awhile. Has that ever happened to you? My senses were overstimulated as I tried to balance my life on what seemed to be a very tiny beam. My focus that was usually multifaceted, narrowed into an ability to focus on only one task.

Apple orchard

I craved simplicity, stability, structure.

And my family.

 

Apple orchard

I almost considered taking my blog down even though my mind kept a silent tally of ideas and notes as I went through my days.

I prayed for answers and waited.

And then I’d pray again.

Slowly I started to hear God’s whispers.

Family was first.

Apple orchard

Apple orchard

So I continued to pray and be a mom and a daughter and a sister and a wife and a child of God. By spring I started feeling the familiar little flutters of butterfly wings in my stomach that let me know when something is a changing. I went on a weekend getaway with some dear friends. Conversations unfolded and God started speaking to me rather than whispering.

I started getting answers to prayers.

I was in awe. Why do I always respond with surprise when answered prayers come? 

Blessings can come in such beautiful packages.

Apple orchard

And unusually surprising ways.

I knew that I had to keep going. My passion for inspiring people was planted in me before I was born. Nothing makes my soul smile like making people feel something stir inside. Whether it comes from sharing a delicious recipe that we’ve enjoyed or a table I’ve set to decorating my foyer or fireplace mantel and everything in between, I love to inspire you. And I believe that is what God has called me to do.

Apple orchard

So for the past few months my husband, My Yanni, and I have been working on a new blog as I’ve been trying to keep up with the constant flow of creative ideas, recipes, decorating suggestions, and DIY projects as we decide on fonts and layouts and widgets and designs. We’re working on the last little details and kinks and hope that the new Wenderly will be up in a few weeks.

Apple orchard

*photos credits for this pic go to my eldest daughter*

I hope that you’ll join me for all the new inspiration that I would love to share with you.

Apple orchard

First on the list are homemade carmel apple hand pies made with the apples we picked from our magical family trip to the apple orchard.

With love and anticipation!

Wenderly

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Red, White and Blue Frozen Sugared Grapes

The Fourth of July is a day away and I’ve got the perfect sweet treat to cool off even the hottest of days! Red, white and blue frozen sugared grapes! They are simple, scrumptious and sure to please a crowd!

Red white blue sugared frozen grapes

My love affair with frozen sugared grapes begin when I was just but a wee little nipper. My mom would dazzle guests with these frozen sugared grapes for many occasions from her monthly bridge group to our annual 4th of July tennis tournament. I remember sneaking through the kitchen pretending to need a glass of water on a mission to pluck a couple of those frosty little sweet orbs to shove into my mouth before darting back upstairs. I’m certain that I did not go unnoticed as I scurried out of the kitchen looking like a chipmunk as my cheeks were stocked full. But looking back, the risk of looking like a chipmunk far outweighed the sweet delight.

Red white blue sugared frozen grapes

Sometimes my mom would serve the frozen sugared grapes on a large platter filled with many savory cheeses and other times she would save the sparkling treat until the end of the evening when everyone was ready for a sweet dessert. I have chosen to display the frozen sugared grapes on their own to highlight their beautiful simplicity.

Red white blue sugared frozen grapes

These frozen sugared grapes can also double as a delightful sugar encrusted ice cube bouncing within a fun frothy drink. Red, white and blue frozen sugared grapes make a simple appetizer, unique ice cube or festive sweet dessert to cool you and your guests off this 4th of July. Not to mention the whole summer through!

Wishing you a fun & refreshing 4th!

Wenderly

Red, White and Blue Frozen Sugared Grapes
 
These frozen sugared grapes make a refreshing appetizer served with cheese, a sweet light dessert or can even be a delightful little ice cube served in your favorite drink!
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Recipe type: Appetizer or dessert
Ingredients
  • Hand of grapes
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • water for rinsing
Instructions
  1. Rinse grapes and pat dry, leaving some moisture.
  2. Sprinkle grapes with sugar until they are all covered.
  3. Place grapes on a serving dish and put in freezer for at least an hour to overnight.

 

 

 

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