This conversation is sponsored by Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. The opinions and text are all mine.
Hello, Friends! I’m getting a jumpstart on fall recipes this week by sharing this really easy and delicious recipe for apple hand pies made in the air fryer! This recipe is extra special because I used Arctic ApBitz® dried apples courtesy of my friends at Okanagan Specialty Fruits™. Back in May, I shared a recipe using Arctic® apples and I gushed about why I’m such a fan of these non-browning apples! Today I’m switching things up a bit by using the dried version of these apples, ApBitz™ snacks in the Arctic® Granny variety (they’re also available in the Arctic® Golden variety).
Not only do Arctic ApBitz™ dried apples make a delicious and healthy snack, you can also use them when making pie filling! At first, I was a little skeptical when somebody told me you could use dried apples when making pie filling. But after experimenting with it, I honestly prefer using Arctic ApBitz® snacks compared to any canned filling that I’ve tasted. You simply add a small amount of very hot water and let the apples soak for 60-90 minutes. Yes, it’s that easy!!
Another reason to reach for dried apples is because of food waste. Did you know that apples are one of the most wasted foods in the fresh food supply chain? In fact, it is estimated that at least 40% of fresh apples are wasted each year. WOW!! This inspired the creators of Arctic® apples to develop nonbrowning apple varieties to help reduce unnecessary food waste. And they created Arctic ApBitz™ snacks, which is the dried version of their non-browning apples, to ensure that their apples that aren’t suitable for slicing don’t end up wasted. How cool is that??
I also chose to bake these in the air fryer! If you look at most recipes for hand pies, they are often pan fried. I didn’t want to fry these, so instead I put them in the air fryer as a way to reduce calories and speed up cooking time! Not only are they delicious, but they are only around 140 calories per serving! The recipe makes 8 pies, but you could easily prepare and freeze and pull out as needed.
• 1 oz. bag Arctic ApBitz® dried apples
• ½ cup boiling water
• 2 TB sugar
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
• ¼ teaspoon allspice
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 1 TB salted butter (melted)
• 1 egg (beaten)
• 1 Refrigerated Pie Crust (You can usually find these in the refrigerated section and they come with 2 crusts per package)
• Yields 8 pies
• Using a liquid measuring cup, measure ½ cup water and place in microwave for 3.5 minutes. (Make sure liquid measuring cup is microwave safe.)
• Remove from microwave and immediately add 1 oz. bag of Arctic ApBitz® snacks. Allow to sit for 90 minutes before moving on to the next step. Ideally, the longer you wait, the more tender the apple mixture will be and the less water there will be in the bowl. If you move on to the next step after only 60 minutes, you might have to drain excess liquid.
• Once the apples look plump and hydrated or there is minimal water left in the dish, add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt and butter. Mix well and set aside.
• Using the refrigerated pie crust, remove from package and unroll on a clean surface. Using a small bowl or glass with a 4” diameter, cut out 8 servings.
• Place 1 TB of apple filling on each pie crust. After placing a small amount of water along the edge of the pie crust, fold in half and crimp edges with a fork. Repeat with each and then score each one by cutting small slits on the top of each pie.
• In a small bowl, beat 1 egg and then brush the egg wash on the top of each pie. (Do not brush underneath.)
• Before placing into air fryer, make sure to spray air fryer basket with canola spray.
• Place hand pies into the air fryer making sure to not overcrowd. (3 hand pies easily fit in my air fryer.) Cook for 10 minutes at 350.