Monday, January 9, 2012

Healthy(ish) Apple Empanadas

I actually set out to make healthy mini apple pies. Something to keep the hubby happy since he is on a sugar-free diet. What I ended up with was a tasty empanada. I used my regular spelt tortilla recipe for the crust and added a little stevia and cinnamon. I only added one pack of stevia, but would suggest adding two to the recipe. (If you don't have a tortilla recipe, just ask and I'll post mine later.)

Here's what I used for the filling:

2 large tart apples
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar (or substitute Stevia or Stevia in the Raw)
2 tablespoons maple syrup (or use honey, or just more brown sugar)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg
Pinch of ginger
a large squeeze of fresh lemon juice, about a teaspoon or so
1/8 cup water

First melt the butter over medium heat in a sauce pan, then add in all other ingredients. Cook for 5-10 minutes until apples are soft. I went ahead and used brown sugar since that's what causes that delicious caramel sauce...

Take about a golf-ball size piece of dough and roll in out. Spoon some apple deliciousness onto one side of the dough...

Making sure you get in some of that tasty sauce.

Then fold the dough over, pinch it shut and place in frying pan. My dough recipe has shortning in it, so I don't grease the dosn't need it. Just keep a close eye on it, it usually takes less than a minute on each side.

Top with some whipped cream and a little sauce from your apples...

And dig right in. Don't feel too's more or less healthy, even if it dosn't taste like it. :)
Finish by licking the rest of that delicious caramely sauce of your plate. No really, go ahead. We won't tell.