Caramel Apple Pie and Caramel Sauce

Caramel Apple PieI love caramel, and I especially love caramel apples.  I eat my caramel and apples in equal parts.  The apple is simply a vehicle to carry the caramel into my mouth.  That being said, I really like caramel apple pie, but of course, I wanted to bump up my caramel to apple ratio.  So I made a caramel sauce to drizzle (pour, douse, or drench) on the pie and/or ice cream.  I hope you like it!158-2_edited-1

Caramel Apple Pie
Serves 8
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup butter
  2. 2/3 cup white sugar
  3. 2/3 cup brown sugar
  4. ½ cup water
  5. ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  6. ¼ teaspoon salt
  7. 6 large granny smith apples – peeled, cored, and sliced
  8. 1 pastry for two-crust pie (see post for Perfect Pie Dough)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. In a deep-dish pie pan, prepare bottom crust.
  3. Roll out and cut lattice strips for top crust.
  4. Place the apple slices in a steamer basket over 1 cup boiling water. Cover and steam approximately 10 minutes, or just until they start to wilt. This prevents them from being crunchy in your pie. Keep covered, and set aside.
  5. Measure ½ cup of the liquid from the steamer into a saucepan, and combine with the butter, sugars, cinnamon, and salt.
  6. Bring to a boil and set aside.
  7. Gently fill Pie crust with apples. They will be hot, and you don’t want to gouge or puncture your crust.
  8. Put lattice top crust on apple filling. (See post for Lattice Pie Crust)
  9. Slowly pour butter-sugar mixture over top of pie, coating the lattice and allowing sauce to drizzle down into filling. Be especially careful that none runs over the edge of the crust. Keep it all inside and on top.
  10. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake another 35-40 minutes or until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling. Allow to cool before slicing.
Adapted from Chef John
Adapted from Chef John
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Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Before you peel your apples, roll out your bottom crust and put it in the pie plate.

Before you peel your apples, roll out your bottom crust and put it in the pie plate.

(If you want to make your own, here’s my favorite pie crust recipe.)  Then roll out the top crust and cut it into strips for the lattice top.  (For instructions on how to make a lattice top pie, here’s a great tutorial)

Start by peeling, coring and slicing 6 large granny smith apples I like mine about an eighth of an inch thick. Whatever size you choose, try to be consistent. You want all of your slices to be as uniform as possible so that they'll cook evenly.

Start by peeling, coring and slicing
6 large granny smith apples
I like mine about an eighth of an inch thick. Whatever size you choose, try to be consistent. You want all of your slices to be as uniform as possible so that they’ll cook evenly.

Place the apple slices in a steamer basket over 1 cup boiling water. Cover and steam approximately 10 minutes, or just until they start to wilt. This prevents them from being crunchy in your pie. Keep covered, and set aside.

Place the apple slices in a steamer basket over 1 cup boiling water. Cover and steam approximately 10 minutes, or just until they start to wilt. This prevents them from being crunchy in your pie. Keep covered, and set aside.

Measure into a medium saucepan: ½ cup of the liquid from the steamer Combine with: ½ cup butter 2/3 cup white sugar 2/3 cup brown sugar ½ cup water ¼ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon salt Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

Measure into a medium saucepan:
½ cup of the liquid from the steamer
Combine with:
½ cup butter
2/3 cup white sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
½ cup water
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Set aside.

Gently fill Pie crust with apples. They will be hot, and you don’t want to gouge or puncture your crust.

Gently fill pie crust with apples. They’ll be hot, and you don’t want to gouge or puncture your crust.

Put lattice top crust on apple filling.

Put lattice top crust on apple filling.

Slowly pour caramel mixture over top of pie, coating the lattice and allowing sauce to drizzle down into filling. Be especially careful that none runs over the edge of the crust. Keep it all inside and on top.

Slowly pour caramel mixture over top of pie, coating the lattice and allowing sauce to drizzle down into filling. Be especially careful that none runs over the edge of the crust. Keep it all inside and on top.

Tear a 12 x 12 inch square of foil. Fold it in half two times to make a 6 x 6 inch square. Cut a 2 inch arch out of the inside fold.

Tear a 12 x 12 inch square of foil.
Fold it in half two times to make a 6 x 6 inch square.
Cut a 2 inch arch out of the inside fold.

Unfold the foil, and flatten out the creases. Then shape it over an inverted mixing bowl.

Unfold the foil, and flatten out the creases. Then shape it over an inverted mixing bowl.

Gently place the foil dome over the pie, and ...

Gently place the foil dome over the pie, and bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350 degrees, and bake another 35-40 minutes or until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling.

Allow to cool on a wire rack before slicing.

Allow to cool on a wire rack before slicing.

Caramel Apple Pie

Serve while still warm ...

Serve while still warm …

... with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

… with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Caramel Apple Pie

If you want to take this pie to another level, here’s a caramel sauce that will light up your life.

Caramel Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 1/2 cup white sugar
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  5. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a heavy sauce pan over low heat.
  2. Stir in sugars, corn syrup, and cream, and turn up the temperature to medium high.
  3. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil.
  4. Continue stirring constantly for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  6. Serve warm with Caramel Apple Pie and ice cream
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