Apple Mini Empanadas
These sweet morsels are an apple pie in the form of a turnover. The house will be filled with their wonderful and delicious aroma.
Serves: 10Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 1 hour 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy
- 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 4 Granny Smith apples, or any other tart apples, peeled and diced
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- ¼ tsp. ground cloves
- ¼ tsp. grated nutmeg
- ¼ tsp. salt
- Zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1 package puff pastry (store-bought)
- 1 tsp. flour
- 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- Heat a saucepan over medium heat; add butter and brown sugar and cook until the sugar melts. Add apples, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, salt, lime zest, and lime juice, stirring every few minutes. The apples will start to release their juices. Continue cooking, stirring every few minutes, until the apples are cooked and the juices are reduced and syrupy (but do not let them dry completely), about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and cool.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place puff pastry on a lightly floured kitchen counter and roll with a rolling pin until it is ⅛" thick. Cut into 4" squares. Put 1 tablespoon apple filling in the center of each square and fold to form a triangle or a rectangle. Press the edges with your fingertips and place the empanadas on a baking sheet. Mix granulated sugar and ground cinnamon. Sprinkle over turnovers, and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden. Cool to room temperature before serving.