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5 from 2 votes

Little Apple Pie Braids

I was inspired to make these little apple pie braids from a Dunkin Donut Pastry that was very similar. These apple pie treats are great if you don't feel like making a big pie with a lot of filling in one slice. Not only do these braids look pretty but there just as good as a classic apple pie just in a slightly different form.
Author: Alyona's Cooking

Ingredients

  • DOUGH:
  • 1 3/4 flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup ice cold water
  • FILLING:
  • 1 21oz can apple pie filling
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine the flour and salt. Grate cold butter into the flour and cut butter in the flour using a pastry cutter, until coarse meal resembles.
  • Add ice cold water to the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Cover and refrigerate dough overnight.
  • After the dough has chilled over night; remove and form into a 8' by 4" rectangle. Cut into three equal pieces (each about 2 1/2" wide).
  • Roll out each piece into a 9" by 9" square, working with one piece at a time.
  • Very lightly mark the square into three equal lines going down (each strip should be about 3" apart. Do not cut through we are just marking the dough with a knife for even braids. Remove the four outer corners of the dough.
  • Cut the sides of the dough making slanted lines. Do not go in to far with a knife only cut the outer part of the dough. Fold in the outer flaps towards the filling and pinch down corners to seal.
  • Bring strips over the filling one at a time alternating left to right to form a braided pastry, pinching ends into the dough to seal.
  • Trim off any excess pieces and pinch dough down to seal any openings. Slightly flatten and shape into an even braid. Place onto a floured tray and refrigerate braids at least 2 hours before baking.
  • After dough has slightly chilled, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Beat 1 egg and 2 tsp of water in a small bowl to make egg wash. Brush braids with egg wash.
  • Combine 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle over braids that have been brushed with egg wash. Allow braids to sit for about 10 min before placing in the oven. Bake for 20-30 minutes in the preheated oven.