So diwali is right at the footstep and we are ready to embrace the festivities in full swing. Many of you already have your kitchen cabinets overflowing with Indian sweets and savories. For this year, I have a different plan. I am going to celebrate with fall flavours wrapped up in Indian festivities. So, presenting Apple Pie Gujiyas
Diwali is the Indian festival of lights. It is to celebrate the victory of good over evil. We celebrate this festival with sweets, lights, great food and loving company of friends and family. Of many festivals, this is one festival which is celebrated by the majority of Indians.
This is our first diwali in the states and I am completely in the fall mode. This time we also have parents visiting us and I am pretty excited to celebrate the festival with them. To mark the occasion, we prepared few of our favorites – masala Peanuts, Namak paras, Besan laddoo and chivda Namkeen. After I was done making all of these, I realized that my itch for making something different was not yet over! I wanted to prepare something which had my signature style in it – fusion!!
So, began the quest for something sweet which was an Indian classic but with fall colors and flavours. I was tending towards the “all spice and everything nice” theme and then i remembered how my mother in law loves Apple pies. Since she was visiting us and i wanted to make apple pie for her, i decided to bring those flavours in my all time favorite Indian sweet, Gujiya !
Gujiya is a deep fried pastry known by its half moon shape which is stuffed with nuts, coconut, jaggery/sugar and aromatics and enjoyed during the main festivals of India. It is most popular in the northern parts of India. This recipe is a baked version of the same but with Apple pie filling and aromatics in it ! Hope you enjoy it !!
Diwali’s Special – Apple Pie Gujiyas
Apple Pie Gujiyas
The recipe is divided into 2 main components :
- Pastry dough
- Apple Pie Filling
- 2 cups All purpose flour
- 3/4th cup butter (unsalted preferred, very cold/frozen and cut into cubes)
- Pinch of salt (Do not add salt if you are using salted butter)
- 2 tablespoon cold water
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar (make your own by mixing 1 tablespoon of sugar with 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder)
- Milk for brushing the gujiyas on top
Apple Pie Filling
- 2 apples (i used delicious red apples but you can also use fuji or granny smith)
- Fat pinch of Cinnamon
- pinch of Nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons Orange marmalade (u can also use 1 tsp orange zest/lemon zest here)
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- A knob of butter
- Aromatics (1 cinnamon stick, 2-3 cloves)
- 1 tablespoon corn starch (dissolve it in 1 tablespoon of water)
Couple of mixing bowls, Food processor, spoons, baking tray, Oven, Cling film, gujiya molds
- Let us begin with preparing the pastry dough. For that, sieve flour and salt in the food processor and pulse it to mix the two.
- Now add in the cold butter cubes and pulse it a few more times till the mixture looks bit like bread crumbs.
- Now, slowly start to add water in it (1 tsp at a time) and process till till the water is soaked by the flour. At this stage the flour would not look like dough but it would come together eventually.
- Check if the flour has started to clump up. For that, take some dough mix in one of your fist and press. If it clumps together, the pastry dough is ready.
- Transfer the dough on a clean. flour dusted working surface and work with your hands to bring the mix together into a semi dough. Wrap this dough in a cling film and refrigerate for atleast an hour. The Pastry dough is ready.
- Meanwhile, let us make the apple pie filling. For this, take a skillet and add in the butter. Once the butter has melted, add in the aromatics and saute for a couple of seconds. Next, add in the remaining ingredients (except corn starch) and cook till the apples are tender. You might end up with wet mixture.
- Finally, add in the corn starch mix and mix well. This will thicken up the apple filling. Once done, remove from heat and let it cool down completely.
- Pre-heat the oven at 350F/180C
- Take out the pastry dough from the refrigerator after an hour and divide the dough into desired number of pieces. Using a rolling pin, flatten each dough into a circle and place the circle in the gujiya mold.
- Add the filling as required and using the gujiya mold, seal the edges to form the gujiya shape. Repeat with all the dough.
- Once all the gujiyas are prepared, we will bake them.
- For this, place each gujiya one inch apart from each other on pre-greased baking tray and brush them with milk.
- Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of each of the gujiya and bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes. Freshly baked Apple pie Gujiyas are ready !!
How festive is that !!
These Gujiyas will definitely be a new sweet to try this diwali. Give these gujiyas a go and i am sure it would be a pleasant surprise for u and your guests. This easy peasy gujiyas are not only decadent and delicious but they are fun to enjoy with all age groups and the aromatics with the apple filling is pure pleasure !! Make this diwali royal with these aromatic Apple Pie Gujiyas !!
Divine Spice Box would like to wish all its readers a very very happy deepawali !! Hope this festival lights are hearts with pure joy and bring in lots of prosperity, love , luck and health in our lives 🙂 So, eat good food and share your love through good food and good thoughts <3 <3