My husband loves going down to Taco Bell and getting one of the caramel apple empanadas from time to time. I knew that I could recreate them from home and make a healthy treat for all of us to enjoy. Alright, as healthy as you can make pie crusts. While I took away the fried oil, I left the butter. You can really only give up so much in life. I was able to make a really good empanada that was absolutely delicious and tasted better than the Taco Bell version. You can never go wrong with apples and cinnamon and caramel can you??
This recipe requires a few tricks to get it to turn out right. The first time around I made the dough myself and thought that I rolled it out thin enough. My husband complained that it tasted more like an apple pie than an empanada and lacked the crispiness of the empanada. So to save you some time and frustration, here are a few tips before you get started:
TIP 1: Roll the dough out thin. If you have trouble getting the dough rolled out thin enough with grandma’s homemade pie crust recipe that you have to use because you’ve had it in the family for generations than consider buying a premade pie crust (we used Immaculate Baking) and rolling it out a little thinner. By the way, we couldn’t calculate your grandma’s pie crust recipe, so this recipe uses premade pie crusts for it’s directions. I still love you though and would love to try yours with grandma’s special pie crust.
TIP 2: While many of the recipes around the web skimped and used apple pie filling, this one does not! I don’t like the taste of apple pie filling and love the taste of fresh apples. Besides, it’s apple season and you can’t help but use fresh apples.
TIP 3: You can skimp and use storebought caramel sauce too. I won’t complain. We used our No Thermometer Salted Caramel Sauce and saved some to drizzle over the top of the finished baked empanadas. My husband tells me that putting more caramel sauce over it doesn’t make it a true empanada but I don’t believe it. You can never have enough caramel.
TIP 4: I absolutely hate this recipe because it’s not the most quick and easy dessert. I absolutely love this recipe because I can make them up and freeze them, then pull them out of the freezer to throw into the oven.
TIP 5: Parchment paper. Enough said.
This recipe is part of the Lady Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge. Our challenge this month was to come up with a dessert recipe that included apples and cinnamon. You can find more about the Dessert Challenge here. If you are craving apples and cinnamon scroll down and view some of the other great recipes that are a part of the challenge this month.
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