21 September 2011

Caramel Apple Hand Pies (and a giveaway!)


Yesterday was my one year blogiversary! I really can't believe it's been a whole year of baking and posting.  It's been so amazing (virtually) meeting so many other bloggers and finding a place in such a great community.

A year ago I was in a strange place. My daughter had just started Kindergarten and I kept getting asked about what I was going to do now that she was in school. I knew I didn't want to go back to teaching. I wanted to continue staying home, but also I wanted to find something for me. Everything I'd been doing for the previous five years had been about my daughter. I knew I wanted to be doing something creative, but had no idea what.

Now, one year later, I know what my passion is. I know what I want to do when I grow up. Baking and blogging make me happy. Sure, spending time with my daughter does too, but there is something about spending time creating food and writing about it that is magical for me. I don't know what sort of a job I'll be in five years from now but I do know that it will, in some way, include my baking and this blog. Thank you all for continuing on this journey with me.

Now I may not admit this openly, (oops, I'm about to) but I love presents on birthdays and anniversaries.  (Come on, you know you all think that way too...right?) So because it's my blogiversary...I'm giving you a present!


I saw this cute petite pie maker at Sur la Table last month. I had to have one. I mean, it makes personal pies. How could I not have one? And, I grabbed two because I knew I'd want to share one with you all, my readers.


It's super simple to use - just roll out your pie dough and press to cut cute little scalloped circles. Fill with any filling and press again to seal. Bake and eat. It's a perfect individual dessert maker.


I made caramel apple pies with mine. Apple is one of my favorite pies and it's that time of year - caramel apple time. (And yes, I did use a fork to eat mine. Makes it last longer.)

Want to win this cute petite pie maker? (I mean, why wouldn't you? It presses a heart into the dough!)

****The giveaway is now closed****

You have four ways to enter this giveaway:
  1. Leave a comment here. Any comment at all.
  2. Do you follow me somehow? On Google Friend Connect, RSS, Facebook, or Twitter? Leave a separate comment and let me know. (Just once for any/all of the listed methods.)
  3. Tweet this giveaway (include @crazyforcrust in your tweet) and then come back here and leave another comment saying you did.
  4. Blog or post to Facebook about this giveaway, linking to this page. Then come back here and leave a comment to let me know you did.
Giveaway is open until the end of the day on Sunday, September 25th. I will pick a winner using random.org and announce it on Monday, September 26th.


Caramel Apple Hand Pies
Crust recipe by AllRecipes, filling recipe by Crazy for Crust

Ingredients:
1 refrigerated pie crust (from a box of two) OR use the following recipe for crust
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, diced and chilled
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup ice water
2 Granny Smith apples
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon water
1 tablespoon tapioca (for thickening), optional
2 tablespoons caramel sauce

Directions:
  1. Add the flour and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse once to combine. Add the cold butter and pulse until the mixture becomes coarse. Add the water slowly, one tablespoon at a time, while running the machine until dough comes together in a ball. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Peel and slice the apples thin. Place them, with 1 teaspoon of water, in a skillet over medium-low heat. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Cook for 3 minutes until the apples just begin to lose their very white color. Drain off excess liquid. Stir in tapioca if you are using it. Set aside.
  3. Roll out your crust on a floured surface. Open the petite pie press completely and place it, scalloped side down, on the crust. Punch out two circles. Place one circle in the bottom half of the press. Add half the apple filling. Top with 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce. Place the second crust round on top and press the lid down. You may need to use a little water to help seal the edges. Repeat with rest of crust.  Bake at 350 degrees about 25 minutes. Serve warm (with ice cream, if desired).
*If you don't have a petite pie maker you can do the same thing by pressing out two circles of crust, adding your filling to the center and then use a fork to press the edges together.

Yield: 2 hand pies


Fine Print: I was not compensated in any way for this giveaway. I just wanted to give you all something I like. But hey, Sur la Table, if you're listening I'm always open to a sponsored giveaway! ;)






This recipe may be linked with:
MondayMingle Monday (Add a Pinch), Joy of DessertsTuesday2 Maids a Baking (2 Maids a Milking), Tea Party Tuesdays (Sweetology). WednesdayCast Party WednesdayMade It On Monday (Lark's Country Heart), This Chick Cooks.  ThursdaySweet Treats Thursday (Something Swanky), Chic-and-Crafty (Frugal Girls), Turning the Table Thursdays (Around My Family Table), Tasty Thursday (The How-To Mommy). FridaySweet Tooth Friday (Alli-n-son), I'm Lovin' it Fridays (TidyMom), Friday Favorites (Simply Sweet Home), Fusion Fridays (Jane Deere). SaturdaySweets for a Saturday (Sweet as Sugar Cookies), Seasonal Inspiration (Crumbs and Chaos). SundayA Well-Seasoned Life,Sharing Sundays (Everyday Sisters)

***The giveaway is now closed.****

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75 Comments:

At September 21, 2011 at 6:35 AM , Blogger Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

Congratulations on a wonderful year! That pie maker is adorable :)

 
At September 21, 2011 at 6:36 AM , Blogger Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

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At September 21, 2011 at 6:36 AM , Blogger Christina @ This Woman Cooks! said...

Happy anniversary! I'm glad you discovered your passion, I feel the same way about blogging. I can't imagine not doing it now that I do. I love these little hand pies, so cute!

 
At September 21, 2011 at 6:37 AM , Blogger Christina @ This Woman Cooks! said...

I follow you on twitter.

 
At September 21, 2011 at 6:39 AM , Blogger Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

I tweeted this too :)

 
At September 21, 2011 at 6:41 AM , Blogger Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

I follow you on Twitter, GFC and Facebook :)

 
At September 21, 2011 at 7:04 AM , Blogger Danielle said...

Oh I saw one of these on someone else's blog and I wanted one so bad! I'd love to win one of these but I'm not sure my waistline needs it (:

 
At September 21, 2011 at 7:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy 1 year!!! I can't believe it's been that long. So many great food posts. Glad you discovered what you want to be when you grow up!!
Love, Mom

 
At September 21, 2011 at 7:49 AM , Blogger Jamie said...

Congrats on 1 year! And yum, those look great!

 
At September 21, 2011 at 7:49 AM , Blogger Jamie said...

I follow your blog!

 
At September 21, 2011 at 8:32 AM , Blogger Rachel said...

I love your hand pies - so cute, and with built-in portion control (Oh, who am I kidding? I'd have to eat at least two!). I've been coveting a similar maker at Williams Sonoma for a while now, so i'd love to be able to win one :) Congrats on your anniversary!

 
At September 21, 2011 at 8:33 AM , Blogger Rachel said...

I'm a follower through GFC :)

 
At September 21, 2011 at 8:54 AM , Blogger Anita Stafford said...

Now that looks like a fun kitchen toy, and I'm all about presents, too! Happy blogiversary!

 
At September 21, 2011 at 8:54 AM , Blogger Anita Stafford said...

I'm your follower on GFC.

 
At September 21, 2011 at 9:27 AM , Blogger Susan said...

I love this!!! The bf would be way too excited if I won! :-)
*Susan

 
At September 21, 2011 at 9:28 AM , Blogger Susan said...

& I'm a follower!

 
At September 21, 2011 at 9:38 AM , Blogger Rachel said...

I shared your giveaway on Facebook!

 
At September 21, 2011 at 9:49 AM , Blogger Ann said...

Happy Blog-o-versary! I'm thrilled that you've found your passion! The pie mold is adorable!

 
At September 21, 2011 at 9:50 AM , Blogger Ann said...

I already subscribe (RSS)

 
At September 21, 2011 at 10:39 AM , Blogger Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

Congratulations! Adorable pie :)

 
At September 21, 2011 at 10:40 AM , Blogger Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

Following you on Twitter!

 
At September 21, 2011 at 11:19 AM , OpenID emily208 said...

First, Happy Blogiversary! And Thanks for coming by Lucy Jane's Best! I linked up our Double Delish! (cookie/brownie) We are still sooooo new to blogging so I really appreciated your comment. I have sufficiently stalked your blog and I love it! We do lots and lots of baking at Lucy Jane's so I will be a frequent visitor here. Guess I should start following! :) Thanks again for coming to our site.

 
At September 21, 2011 at 11:22 AM , OpenID emily208 said...

Might as well enter your awesome giveaway!! So I just started following with google! Thanks!

 
At September 21, 2011 at 4:33 PM , Blogger Heather Brandt said...

MINI APPLE PIES ROCK!!!!!!!

 
At September 21, 2011 at 4:34 PM , Blogger Heather Brandt said...

I AM A RSS FOLLOWER!!

 
At September 21, 2011 at 5:06 PM , Blogger BakingRN said...

Happy 1 year!!! Congrats! Love your blog, would love to win the petite pie maker.

 
At September 21, 2011 at 5:30 PM , Blogger Becca {Crumbs and Chaos} said...

Caramel.Apple.Pie...YUM! That is the cutest little pie maker!

 
At September 21, 2011 at 5:41 PM , Anonymous Sarah @ pão e queijo said...

Caramel apple hand pies? With portion control?! I'd like a few, please! Lucky you that you live close to a Sur Le Table store!

sarahepardee(at)gmail(dot)com

 
At September 21, 2011 at 5:42 PM , Anonymous Sarah @ pão e queijo said...

I am a fan of Crazy for Crust on Fb!

sarahepardee(at)gmail(dot)com

 
At September 22, 2011 at 5:30 AM , Blogger Ellen said...

Thanks for the giveaway; I follow via email. Great idea, I already know how I'll use it on our blog, www.bakeitwithbooze.blogspot.com

 
At September 22, 2011 at 5:57 AM , Blogger Martha said...

Love it! Looks like a fun thing to use! and the pies look yummy!

 
At September 22, 2011 at 5:58 AM , Blogger Martha said...

and I follow via GFC. :)

 
At September 22, 2011 at 9:31 AM , Blogger Karen - Trilogy Edibles said...

Happy anniversary Dorothy! Love this recipe and the little cutter, that's awesome. I've tweeted, facebooked as always am a follower :). Congrats!

 
At September 22, 2011 at 10:36 AM , Blogger alicia said...

Delicious! Can't wait to try these out!

 
At September 22, 2011 at 10:36 AM , Blogger alicia said...

I follow on twitter and facebook <3

 
At September 22, 2011 at 1:11 PM , Blogger Something Swanky said...

These are adorable :) I was thinking about making some with some cinnamon caramel sauce I just got!

Thanks for linking up today :)

 
At September 22, 2011 at 1:12 PM , Blogger Something Swanky said...

Follow on GFC, FB, and twitter

 
At September 22, 2011 at 1:12 PM , Blogger Something Swanky said...

Tweeted this giveaway

 
At September 22, 2011 at 1:12 PM , Blogger Something Swanky said...

Posted this giveaway on the Something Swanky FB page

 
At September 22, 2011 at 1:28 PM , Blogger royalegacy said...

I would love to win this handy little gadget!
royalegacy at gmail dot com

 
At September 22, 2011 at 1:28 PM , Blogger royalegacy said...

GFC follower

 
At September 22, 2011 at 1:28 PM , Blogger royalegacy said...

tweeted the giveaway
http://twitter.com/#!/royalegacy/status/116971220460769280

 
At September 22, 2011 at 1:28 PM , Blogger royalegacy said...

Shared on FB
http://www.facebook.com/royalegacy/posts/263962373634197
royalegacy at gmail dot com

 
At September 22, 2011 at 1:53 PM , Blogger Sue said...

What adorable little pies, and a cute gadget:)

 
At September 22, 2011 at 1:54 PM , Blogger Sue said...

I follow you through email notifications!

 
At September 22, 2011 at 2:44 PM , Blogger Cindy B. said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!!
cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

 
At September 22, 2011 at 2:47 PM , Blogger Cindy B. said...

I follow you RSS, Facebook, and Twitter.
cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

 
At September 22, 2011 at 2:49 PM , Blogger Cindy B. said...

I tweeted this giveaway. http://twitter.com/#!/
Cinbat03 cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

 
At September 22, 2011 at 2:51 PM , Blogger Cindy B. said...

I post to Facebook about this giveaway.
cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

 
At September 22, 2011 at 4:21 PM , Blogger bbrach1991 said...

just found this website via "Something Swanky" on facebook.
this recipe, along with the individual pie making mold, is absolutely adorbs!!
definitely going on my list of desserts to make (it's getting quite long!! ;P )

 
At September 22, 2011 at 8:18 PM , Blogger Amy said...

Holy Cow that's cool! I follow you with GFC!

 
At September 22, 2011 at 8:19 PM , Blogger Amy said...

Ps.... that pie looks yummy!

 
At September 23, 2011 at 1:01 PM , Blogger Erin said...

These are so darn cute!!! I wanna make them!

 
At September 23, 2011 at 1:02 PM , Blogger Erin said...

I follow you via GFC! And I still wanna make these =o)

 
At September 24, 2011 at 11:51 AM , Blogger Ellen Zames said...

Those hand pies look delicious!!!!

Ellen

http://everydaysisters.blogspot.com

 
At September 24, 2011 at 12:23 PM , Anonymous Michelle (from A Recipe Junkie) said...

You had me at XO! I would've grabbed a bunch of those cute individual pie makers!. I follow you on twitter, twitted the giveaway, and linked on Facebook.

 
At September 24, 2011 at 2:10 PM , Blogger justjenn said...

My first comment: Thank you for all the inspiration. And happy one year anniversary!

 
At September 24, 2011 at 2:10 PM , Blogger justjenn said...

I follow you on Twitter, FB, and Google. :)

 
At September 24, 2011 at 4:45 PM , Blogger Kim McCallie said...

Happy Blogiversary! I've enjoyed your blog - you always have such great recipes. I also love your little pie mold. These look and sound delicious! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

 
At September 24, 2011 at 6:08 PM , Anonymous Kim said...

Flour me with love sent me...Happy Anniversary! I'm a new comer & quite glad I was directed in your direction.

 
At September 24, 2011 at 6:11 PM , Anonymous Tonya said...

These look yummy!!

 
At September 24, 2011 at 6:12 PM , Anonymous Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls said...

What cute lil pies! :)

 
At September 24, 2011 at 6:29 PM , Anonymous Debbie Broussard said...

Happy Anniversary! I would love to win this! I follow you on Facebook.

DGUIL81022@aol.com

 
At September 24, 2011 at 8:48 PM , Anonymous sewfishy said...

Way to go on your Blog
Reaching far and near.
Who knew you would
Already be celebrating
The special date of one year.
Each day reading your blog
I get such a high
I just love your recipes
of all the cakes, cookies and pie[s]!
If only thru your blog we have met
I certainly would love to WIN the
Petite "pielette".......
I follow you on facebook
I have invited many to have a look.
As for the voting
I surely hope you win
To overlook someone like you
Would just be such a sin.

 
At September 25, 2011 at 7:51 AM , Blogger M.j. said...

How cute I would love to win!!! ciao4now64@yahoo.com

 
At September 25, 2011 at 7:51 AM , Blogger M.j. said...

I follow you via gfc...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

 
At September 25, 2011 at 7:52 AM , Blogger M.j. said...

I follow you via networked blogs...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

 
At September 25, 2011 at 7:52 AM , Blogger M.j. said...

I shared this giveaway on my fb page...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

 
At September 25, 2011 at 7:55 AM , Blogger Sarah B. said...

Fall is the perfect time for pies! Thanks for the chance :)

sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

 
At September 25, 2011 at 7:57 AM , Blogger Sarah B. said...

I'm your newest GFC follower and FB liker (sarah bee)

sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

 
At September 25, 2011 at 7:57 AM , Blogger Sarah B. said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/yes_teacher/status/117976005045522432

sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

 
At September 25, 2011 at 7:58 AM , Blogger Sarah B. said...

Shared on FB: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=195411890531743&id=100000351623459

sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

 
At September 25, 2011 at 3:17 PM , Anonymous Cathy O said...

I found this through another blog, and I'm hooked! I love to cook, but baking is my all-time favorite past time - it makes the house smell heavenly and you get yumminess to share with family and friends. I'm following you on Facebook as well now. I Love the mini pies - maybe it will help my husband portion out his share of the dessert... or he'll have one in each hand!

 
At September 26, 2011 at 7:02 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

I want to thank you all for your kind thoughts on my blog and my 1 year anniversary. I wanted to respond each time I got a comment but didn't want to skew the giveaway. Thank you all again, I couldn't be doing this without you. :)

 
At September 26, 2011 at 12:21 PM , Blogger Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

Congratulations on your first blog anniversary, Dorothy. Wishing you many more happy years in Blogland. So glad to have virtually met you. :-)

 

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