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