Thursday, July 14, 2016

Caramel Apple Pie

caramel apple pie
I am pretty sure that I have made my feelings about pie pretty clear, but if I haven't here it is: I love pie! All kinds of pie! Sweet pies, savory pies..... pies are a wonderful thing. This caramel apple pie, in particular, is one of my favorites (and the one that I broke my pre-holiday diet for, but you have to taste test things while cooking. Ya know, just to be sure ;-) ) and has earned it's spot as a go-to dessert at my house (and for good reason!) The caramelly (is that a word? If not, let's make it a word.) apple filling is perfectly sweet and gooey. The key to making this pie perfect (or any pie, really) is pairing it with a flaky, buttery pie crust (war against icky bland pie crust) like this shortening free homemade crust!





Caramel Apple Pie

Serves 8
Sweet and delicious caramelly apple pie. Perfect for any occasion.


Prep Time 30 min
Cook Time   30 min
Total Time  1 hr




Ingredients

  1. 6 apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
  2. 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  3. 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  4. 3/4 cup pure cane sugar
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  8. 3 Tablespoons water
  9. 2 9 inch pie crusts (1 top, 1 bottom)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425
  2. Combine butter, brown sugar, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and water in pot (large enough to fit sliced apples in as well).
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Add apples and reduce heat to medium.
  5. Allow to simmer until apples are tender and their bulk is reduced by about half (time frame will depend on how thick your apples are sliced and how juicy they are. Mine took about 15 minutes).
  6. Pour mixture over bottom pie crust reserving a small amount of juice (just enough for glazing the top crust).
  7. Slice your top crust into strips (I used a pizza cutter) and weave it over your filling.
  8. Glaze your top crust with the reserved juice.
  9. Bake in pre-heated oven at 425 until crust is golden brown and filling bubbles (25-30 minutes).
  10. Allow to cool before serving.
Notes
  1. Granny Smith green apples are my apple of choice for this recipe, but any tart apple will work well.
  2. Serving Suggestion: Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.




2 comments :

  1. This pie sounds amazing. I've only made a pie a few times, I find it so intimidating. But clearly I need to keep practicing.

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    1. This is one of my favorites! Once you've done it a few times and get a feel for it, it loses most of that intimidation factor. <3

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