I’ve done something terribly wonderful. Or wonderfully terrible. You pick.
Imagine homemade apple pie filling with crisp fresh apple, dotted with gooey caramel, wrapped inside flakey sugary fried wontons, dipped in creamy salted caramel sauce.
A luscious little bite of bliss.
Autumn is my favorite season. You know how excited I get over things like this. But really! It’s apple season (happy dance). The smell of apples cinnamon cooking together? Heavenly! Better than any candle or scented oil in the world (happier dance).
If you love the flavor of apples and caramel, you’re going to flip over this recipe. I love to create recipes that take inexpensive ingredients and make them into something grand. Something you can be really proud to serve.
This one takes apples (on sale this season) and wonton wrappers (pretty cheap) and pairs them with simple caramel sauce (totally cheap to make).
Check out my bargain apples! I got organic Honeycrisp apples for .49₵ a pound! Wanna know how?
I bought the bumped and bruised ones in the discount bin. I’m going to chop them up anyway, so what difference would a little brown spot make? They taste exactly the same as the ones for $1.98 a pound. I’m cheap and proud of it!
One Bite Apple Pies
Yield: 24 pieces Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
What You’ll Need:
- 3 medium apples, sliced – I used Honeycrisp but any crisp apple works
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 24-30 wonton wrappers
- 8 pieces soft caramel candy – optional
- Vegetable oil – suitable for frying
To make filling:
- Peel and core apples, chop into small pieces, toss with lemon juice.
- Place apples into a medium sauce pan. Add the corn syrup, flour, brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and stir to combine. Add butter and place on the stove top.
- Heat the mixture on medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 15 minutes. You want to apples to still have some texture, so don’t overcook. Let cool.
- Mix together sugar and cinnamon, set aside. If you’re using caramel pieces, cut your candies into quarters.
To fill wontons:
- Wontons dry out quickly, be sure to keep them covered with a moist paper towel as you work. You’ll need a small bowl with water.
- Dip your fingertips and lightly moisten the corners of your wonton wrapper.
- Place a heaping teaspoon of the apple filling and a piece of caramel in the center of the wonton and bring the four corners together and pinch to make a seal. Repeat with remaining wontons.
In a heavy saucepan, heat about 2 inches of oil to 350°F.
- Working in small batches, using a slotted spoon or tongs, place wontons, seamed side up in the oil, turning once, and cook until lightly browned, approximately one minute to 90 seconds each.
- Drain briefly on a paper towel and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining wontons.
EASY SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE
This comes together in literally 10 minutes from start to first dip!
What You’ll Need:
- ¼ cup whipping cream
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- In a small saucepan over low heat combine whipping cream, brown sugar and butter.
- Cook stirring frequently until brown sugar is dissolved and sauce comes to a good bubble.
- Remove from heat and vanilla and salt and stir. The sauce will thicken upon standing.
Now, you take the fried apple pie bites and you serve them dipped in this amazing sauce.
I’ll let that sink in for a moment . . .
It’s like the perfect bite of apple pie, every bite. (happiest dance of all!)
If you wish, you can simplify the whole process and purchase canned apple pie filling and caramel sauce from the store and you’ll be eating these in bad boys in mere minutes. But if you’re like me and want give this an “I’m such a Diva” spin, it’s really quite easy.
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