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Apple Pie Pockets

March 28, 2011

Each morning I take the train to the other end of town to study French. With a copy of Best Food Writing 2010, some roasted nuts and orangefoodie for company, it’s a fun ride. There are some days when breakfast on the train is an event we look forward to with homemade Snickers or rich chocolate brownies. However, that’s a tad messy to eat on the train, and then there is the task of opening this large blue square box in the middle of the train compartment without eliciting unnecessary gazes.

One day I felt like eating apple pies. Juicy, cinnamon-y, flaky crusted apple pies. There was little chance of me eating a regular apple pie on the train without having a piece of golden caramelised apple on my jeans, or worse still, on my co-passenger’s shiny leather shoes. And I still really, really wanted to eat an apple pie for breakfast. That’s when I thought I’d make these apple pie pockets. Caramelised apples encased in flaky pastry dough and baked to a perfect golden glow. So convenient to eat, much like pop tarts.

Green Apples

Pie pocket pointers:

  • Roll out the dough thinner than you think you should. A rule I follow: I should be able to see the colour of my electric blue rolling board through the dough. This is because the pastry dough will get thicker on baking. Not just that, with pie pockets, you have double crusts – and you certainly don’t want to just taste the crust with a diminutive piece of apple peaking through.
  • Poke the top with a fork to let the steam escape.
  • Brush the pie pocket with egg wash right before baking for the gorgeous golden sheen.
  • If you’d like, spoon some applesauce along with caramelised apples in the pockets to heighten the apple flavour. I did this for the second batch of apple pie pockets I made, and it took it to a whole new level. I highly recommend it.

The caramelised apples really have no recipe – I just made it up as I went along. A tablespoon of butter, 3-4 tablespoons of sugar and chopped apples thrown in and cooked till soft, yet firm to the bite, finished off with a little cinnamon. Set this aside to cool while you get ready to roll out the dough. In case you still need a little more hand-holding, here is a detailed recipe for caramelised apples.

For the dough I used my favourite flaky pastry dough recipe. Roll out the dough and using a round or rectangular cookie cutter, cut out pieces of dough. Place the cooled caramelised apple filling on the dough, making sure to leave enough space around the edges. Place a pie of cut out dough on top of the apples, and seal the edges by pressing down gently with your fingers. Make incisions with a knife or a fork, followed by an egg wash and then finally bake it in an oven at 175°C/350°F until golden brown and fragrant. Baking time will vary depending on the size of your pie pocket, but keep an eye on it post 7-8 minutes


  • Reply sulagna March 28, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Shaheen i would be using a micro wave to bake these..can you suggest the temperature and the time needed..i usually goof up on that part

  • Reply Priya March 28, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Pretty looking irresistible apple pie pockets..

  • Reply Lubna Karim March 28, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Wow….love that filling….

  • Reply Arch March 28, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Totally awesome !

  • Reply Stacy March 28, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    How bizarre that you should post this! I have been craving something just like this – soft apples inside some sort of pastry. Maybe a remnant of those childhood visits to McDonalds for their apple pie turnover things.

  • Reply Michelle March 28, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Eating food like that in public my be dangerous! Someone (like me) may tackle you for a taste. Just hand them your card and tell them to carry on.

  • Reply Cathy March 29, 2011 at 4:27 AM

    Oh, those look scrumptious!

  • Reply vidya March 29, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    That image brought a smile early in the morning….just picturing Orange and Purple on the Andheri local, scoffing their breakfast treats while all others look on with envy!

    And we get to benefit from your cravings! Bet my kids would love to have these in their tiffins at school…..

  • Reply Sprinzette @ Ginger and Almonds March 29, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Oh how absolutely gorgeous and delicate – I could so enjoy some of that. Not sure I have the patience to produce such pretty things.

  • Reply Debjani Roy March 29, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Les Foodies taking a daily ride to French classes? Was that a hint about future plans????? If so, please enlighten me!

  • Reply kay March 30, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Love the idea of adding apple sauce !!!

  • Reply jules p March 30, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    I made these…but I used some fresh peaches that I had. They turned out so yummy, that I tried this same recipe with chocolate and carmels and they were so good.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Reply Molly March 30, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    These look absolutely delightful! I worry I would eat a half dozen of these without realizing it.

  • Reply Nishi March 31, 2011 at 3:39 AM

    Hi Shaheen,

    The apple pie tarts look very cute. Just perfect for a take away breakfast :)

  • Reply Kim @ Life Analytical March 31, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    This is such a smart idea!

  • Reply Shreya March 31, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    where do you get granny smith apples in bombay?

    I looked through your baking essentials post et al but couldn’t find it.

    Also, do you also go to AF? for french?

  • Reply lo April 1, 2011 at 3:08 AM

    Adorable. And bite-sized, which means I can have at LEAST two. I love it.

  • Reply Preeti Nilesh April 1, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    wow……..shoooooo sweeeeeeet !

  • Reply Karishma April 2, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    This is a great idea! Apple pie in a pretty little parcel, perfect for kids to take to school too! Bookmarking this….Thanks Shaheen…

  • Reply Pudding Pie Lane April 4, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    I used to make apple pie pockets too, but I used puff pastry, and they always came out a bit burnt at the sides, but yours look amazing! Great idea for the applesauce too, will be making these for my train journey back from uni soon :)

  • Reply Susie April 7, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    I can’t wait to try these!! My sons will think I’m a genius! Or best mom ever! Thanks for sharing the recipe! And, as usual, your photographs are outstanding.

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  • Reply Tameka Downing April 22, 2011 at 3:30 AM

    These look so cute and delicious. I will definitely try these, I love the Mc Donalds apple pies and I’m sure these are healthier.

  • Reply Ana April 22, 2011 at 4:50 AM

    These look so good! I’ve been craving some apple pie. I can’t always eat those McDonald apples pies. Like Tameka said these are a better alternative (At least i know whats in these).

  • Reply Marjorie April 23, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    Those looks delicious!!! Where did you find that mint green bowl/stand??!!! i’ve been looking everywhere for one!

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  • Reply Heather October 4, 2011 at 4:08 AM

    This was so so good and pretty simple to put together. The house smelled amazing even a few hours after making the caramalized apples and baking the little pies! My husband and I agree that your crust recipe is quite possibly the best pie crust we have ever made and tasted….so flaky and crisp!! Yum!! Thanks for an awesome recipe!!

  • Reply Tanishka November 18, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Wow that’s an awesome idea!!

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    can’t wait 2 make them

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