Rocco DiSpirito’s Fried Apple Hand Pies, as seen on Guy’s Ranch Kitchen Season 6.
Recipe courtesy of Rocco DiSpirito

Fried Apple Hand Pies

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 55 min
  • Yield: 8 hand pies
Handheld desserts are one of my favorite things to make, and who doesn't love apple pie? I love this recipe because it combines the great comfy flavors of a slice of apple pie, but in two forms—one round and one shaped like an egg roll—that are easy to handle when you're just hanging out with friends on game day. Using spring roll and wonton wrappers is an easy shortcut and they fry up crisp. This is a great way to have dessert without taking your eyes off the big game!



Special equipment:
a deep-fryer
  1. Add the light brown sugar and granulated sugar to a large sauté pan over medium heat and cook until the brown sugar melts, stirring to combine. Add the diced apples and stir to coat in the caramel. Add the lemon juice, vanilla bean and cinnamon and stir to combine. Turn off the heat and allow to cool slightly. Remove the vanilla bean. Divide the filling in half.
  2. Preheat a deep-fryer with the oil to 380 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with a wire rack.
  3. Fill the center of a spring roll wrapper with about 1/4 cup filling just above one of the corners. Brush the sides with the egg wash. Fold the corner closest to you over the filling. Fold over the sides and roll up to the top of the diamond, letting the egg wash seal. Repeat with the remaining half of the filling and all the spring roll wrappers.
  4. Fill the center of a wonton wrapper with about 1 tablespoon filling. Brush the edges with the egg wash and top with another wrapper, pressing out any air and allowing the egg wash to seal. Repeat with the remaining filling and wrappers.
  5. Deep-fry until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Meanwhile mix together 1 cup powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon cinnamon in a bowl. Once the pies are fried, remove them from the fryer and dust with the powdered sugar/cinnamon mixture. Serve immediately with vanilla sauce, if using.