Puff Pastry Apple-Hatch Hand Pies

 Puff Pastry Apple Hatch Hand Pies the perfect treat
For the past month I have been competing in the Saucy Mama “Sliced” Recipe Contest. I was sent three different Saucy Mama mustards and had to choose one to use in the appetizer round. If I wasn’t “sliced” I moved on to the entree portion of the contest using another mustard. 

Well, I’m happy to say I have made it to the third and final round with 10 other food bloggers (we started with 25). Our final challenge was to use the last of the trio of Saucy Mama mustards in a dessert. That’s right, dessert. When is the last time you had mustard for dessert? Tricky. Our secret ingredient for this round was “booze”. Which was perfect!

I had purposely left the Hatch Chili mustard for the dessert competition. Even though I didn’t know I would make it this far, I did not want to have to use creamy garlic or dill mustard in a dessert recipe. My brain couldn’t make sense of that! Sweet and spicy was what I was after and that’s what I got.

And here’s the thing, I wanted to “taste” the mustard in a subtle way. I hoped it would enhance the other flavors of the dish, creating a synergistic nuance of tastes.  It’s amazing how well the mustard got this done! It was incredible. I never expected it all to work so well together.

Puff Pastry Apple Hatch Hand Pies brandy soaked golden raisins
With the flaky crust, brown sugar, tart apples, brandy soaked raisins, heat from the cayenne and the chili mustard…wow, what a home run. And then we had it with some vanilla ice cream….heaven.

Puff Pastry Apple Hatch Hand Pies apples
Making the filling is very simple. A few little chops and stirs and you are well on your way to a fabulous dessert!!

Puff Pastry Apple Hatch Hand Pies with Saucy Mama Hatch Chile Mustard

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Puff Pastry Apple-Hatch Hand Pies

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for NoblePig.com | Serves: 8 Hand Pies


  • 2/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups chopped Granny Smith apple (peeled) (2-3 apples)
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup Saucy Mama Hatch Chili Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • pinch of cayenne*
  • 1 lb puff pastry, thawed**
  • 1 large egg white
  • sugar for sprinkling


  • In a small bowl, soak raisins with brandy while preparing other ingredients (15 minutes). Drain.
  • In a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat add butter. Once melted add apples, sugars, Hatch Chili Mustard, apple pie spice and cayenne. Saute until apples are softened and others ingredients start to thicken (about 10 minutes). Cool.
  • Make an egg wash with one large egg white and 1 Tablespoon of water by whisking them together. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out one sheet of puff pastry into a 12 x 10-inch rectangle. Cut the dough into four equal rectangles measuring 5 x 6 -inches each. Place 2-3 Tablespoons of cooled apple filling on one side of the rectangle and brush edges with egg wash. Fold the dough over the filling to make a 5 x 3-inch rectangle. Press to seal the edges and use the tines of a fork to crimp and seal the edges. Use a sharp knife to cut a few slits in the top of each hand pie for ventilation. When the first four pies are made, remove the second sheet of puffed pastry from the fridge and repeat.
  • Brush pies with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Place on your baking tray in the fridge for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and filling is bubbling through the steam vents you made on the top of the pies. Let cool for 15 minutes before trying a bite!
  • *A pinch of cayenne (for me) is half of my 1/8 teaspoon measuring spoon (essentially 1/16 teaspoon).
  • **The best way to thaw puff pastry is overnight in the fridge. Each sheet needs to be cold when you are working with it otherwise it becomes gummy and impossible to roll out.

Puff Pastry Apple Hatch Hand Pies using an unbelievable ingredient

For the Giveaway! ~ CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

Lucky for us Saucy Mama is in a very generous mood. They want you to try all three mustards used in this contest: Creamy Garlic, Dill and Hatch Chili. I have a feeling you will love them all!

To enter the contest, use the Rafflecopter widget below, this is where one random winner will be chosen from. It might take a few seconds to load but is worth the wait with so many chances to win! Open to U.S. residents only.
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Maybe you want your mustard no matter what?! Saucy Mama is offering a WHOPPING 25% off all Saucy Mama products on their site with the magical discount code DON25 through July 17. Have fun shopping!

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  1. Mary Beth Elderton 1

    I don’t think I have ever even *heard* of using mustard in a dessert! These little pies sound wonderful.

  2. Athena R 2

    I’ve never used mustard in dessert, but it sounds intriguing.

  3. Toni 3

    I have never used mustard in a dessert, and I’m not surprised that you pulled it off!

  4. Michelle 4

    Looks great! I’ve never tried that mustard before, but I’d love to :) We tend to go through some mustard at our house!

  5. I have never used mustard in a dessert but now I’m totally intrigued by it!

  6. Cindi 6

    Wow! This recipe looks delicious! I love mustard and all three sound wonderful!

  7. Terry Covington 7

    This is genius; I never would have thought of it. Also, I love your title. All very creative! I have a feeling you are going to come out on top in the contest.

  8. These pies looks awesome!!

  9. Izzi 9

    No! But these look delicious!

  10. Samuel 10

    Awesome! I hope you win!

  11. carrian 11

    You’re so stinking creative! I love this recipe and those flaky layers grab me every darn time!

  12. Anne 12

    I’ve never used mustard in a dessert, but i love mustard so I am all for it.

  13. I love hand pies, and this filling…incredible Cathy!

  14. These little pies are calling my name for breakfast! They look so delicious, Cathy!

  15. barbara n 15

    I have never used mustard in dessert, but I am planning on trying out this recipe soon!

  16. Sheila 16

    Oh my goodness, I am seriously salivating. Good luck, hope you WIN!

  17. Sues 17

    These look just lovely!! Congrats on making it to the final round!! :)

  18. Kate 18

    What beautiful little pies! I love the sweet spicy you achieved with mustard…who would have thought! Congratulations on making it to the finals!

  19. Wow, that looks and sounds delicious. I’ve never used mustard for a dessert but I did recently try it with chicken, which was outside of the norm for me.

  20. Satin Garner 20

    I am a mustard lover!!! I buy every brand and combination I can find!!!

  21. Robin W. 21

    Another amazing dish out of Cathy’s Kitchen!!! Would like to try this!!!

  22. Cassidy Stockton 22

    Nope, never used it in a dessert, but dear god, I love mustard. These look so awesome, though, that I’ll definitely try it now!

  23. I’ve never used mustard in dessert (or even thought to try) so I am super impressed by this!

  24. I’ve never used mustard in dessert before.

  25. Terry 25

    Never tried mustard in dessert, but I will be trying this recipe. I sounds wonderful. Love that you saved the chili mustard for the dessert. Perfect.

  26. Trisha 26

    Love mustard and have never tried it in desserts, yet!

  27. Angel 27

    Those pies look tasty, tasty!

  28. Melissa 28

    I love mustard with dinner, but after dinner is over mustard must go to bed– leave me and my desserts sweet and creamy.

  29. hope to win this giveaway, but if not, hope i can find it

  30. Rose 30

    I have never used mustard in a dessert and I’m honestly a little skeptical, but I’m up for anything!

  31. Aubri 31

    Nope, can’t say I’ve ever used mustard in a dessert before but your spicy/sweet hand pies sound like they did the trick!

  32. Susan Broughton 32

    In Dessert?! Wow that’s an idea. But no I have never tried it,

  33. I’ve never used mustard in dessert but would love to try it!

  34. Marni Sandberg 34

    This is a crazy combination. I love it.

  35. Niki 35

    No, but I would if I win this! This recipe sounds so intriguing!

  36. Lily Sheng 36

    I’ve never used mustard in dessert, what a wild idea!

  37. Nikki 37

    I’ve definitely used mustard in a dessert! Honey mustard! Ice cream, as a sauce for cake… I love mustard and the tang it brings to everything.

  38. Whoa, woah, woah HATCH CHILI MUSTARD?! I am so so so in love with hatch chilies and as a result so so so in love with these. Good move saving the hatch mustard until the end and congrats on making it this far. Good luck!!

  39. Erin from Long Island 39

    I think I might have used a sweet brown mustard on bacon that found its way into ice cream before (it was totally just left over from dinner).
    Congrats on making it this far! I love your creations =)

  40. Deb 40

    Sweet and spicy, the way to go!

  41. Theresa Sea 41

    I definitely have not used mustard in a dessert, but I’m all about being creative and trying new things! :)

  42. Blessie Nelson 42

    Never! WHat a interesting idea!

  43. mary sampson 43

    I have not used mustard on desserts but I will try your hand pies with the saucy mama mustard soon..yummmmmeee!

  44. Nancy L 44

    I have never used mustard in dessert, but after seeing these Apple-Hatch Hand Pies, I think that’s about to change!

  45. Wow. This sounds like an odd combination of ingredients, but I am super intrigued. I would love to try this out!

  46. STELLA ANN 46

    Reminds me of a mince meat pie. Yummy.

  47. Erin 47

    I’ve been stuck in a ‘sweet-hot mustard’ rut for years now. These sound delicious!

  48. Stephanie S 48

    I think I’ve had mustard in a dessert, but it wasn’t pure, it was honey mustard. But as you mentioned, sweet and hot go well together!

  49. Karen Albro 49

    No I have not used mustard and love hatch chilis

  50. Pam 50

    No, I’ve never used mustard in a dessert. Also, have never made hand pies :-/

  51. van pham 51

    Definitely never had mustard in a dessert. Not really a huge fan of mustard at all beside honey mustard.

  52. Pamela 52

    A little Heinz-Kerry thought when I read the soaked raisins…forget what hers were soaked in…anyway, will try this. Interesting.

  53. I have not used mustard in a dessert

  54. Maegan @ The BakerMama 54

    Wow! This sounds so interesting and incredible! I bet I would eat all the filling before it even made it into the puff pastry.

  55. How creative! Congrats on making the final round!

  56. Synthia 56

    Have never used mustard in desserts, but definitely will try it out soon!

  57. Holly H. 57

    I haven’t but am going to! These pies look amazing!

  58. Andrea 58

    I have never used mustard in a dessert, but I know my family will love this.

  59. emily willingham 59

    i have never used mustard in a dessert recipe before, but these hand pies sound really delicious – will have to try!

  60. Gianna 60

    No, never in anything sweet.

  61. Sharon O. 61

    Never used mustard in a dessert, but I have used mayonnaise to make a cake. I love your clever thinking-outside-the-box recipe idea!


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