Caramel Apple Pie
Caramel Apple Pie is made with sweet crisp apples sauteed in brown sugar and drizzled with homemade salted caramel sauce, all in a buttery flaky pie crust. Serve with vanilla bean ice cream and you have the perfect dessert! I am sharing all of the secrets and tips for making the best apple pie recipe.
The Classic Apple Pie. It is made with crisp apples with notes of sugar and cinnamon all baked in a buttery crust and topped with vanilla bean ice cream. It's an American favorite for a reason. Now we are just taking it up a notch and baking it with handcrafted rich caramel sauce.
Even though it is heavenly, there are many things that can go wrong. I have been experimenting like crazy in my kitchen, in order to come up with the ultimate apple pie. I have taken pie classes and have studied all about pies in my quest to learn how to make the perfect apple pie. I have more apple pie in my kitchen right now than you can imagine! But this caramel apple pie is worth every calorie.
Here are some tips that I discovered and learned about making a caramel apple pie from scratch:
Apples. Use a mix of sweet and crisp apples. Most people use Granny Smith, which is the main apple I use but enjoy mixing in McIntosh or Honeycrisp apples for some sweetness. Peel and slice the apples thinly so they cook quickly and evenly.
Saute the apples in sugar, cinnamon, and butter before pouring into the pie crust. How many times have you eaten an apple pie with hard apples that aren't completely cooked? This process is what solves this issue. It also helps to release their juices so the filling has a chance to firm up. Once the apples are sauteed, use a slotted spoon to place the apples into the pie crust, leaving some of the juices behind.
Make homemade salted caramel. This is what gives it that rich, deep flavor. The salted caramel is made in less than 15 minutes. It does need to chill in order to set up before drizzling on apples. Reserve some of the caramel to drizzle when serving pie.
Make a homemade butter pie crust. This is what gives the pie that buttery, flakiness that pairs so well with the apples. Click HERE for an all-butter pie crust recipe.
Make an egg wash to brush over the pie. An egg wash can be made with an egg and a sprinkle of water and salt. It is a perfect glue to brush on the pie crust. Sprinkle with sugar to add sparkle to the pie.
Bake until the apples are cooked through and the crust is golden brown. Use a pie shield or foil to place over the pie crust edges halfway through baking to ensure the crust doesn't become too brown.
Let the apple pie set up. Give yourself enough time to let it come to room temperature in order for the filling to set-up. Serve with vanilla bean ice cream or homemade whipped cream.
Click the links below for more pie recipes:
Lemon Sour Cream Pie
White Chocolate Macadamia Chocolate Ganache Pie
Double Chocolate Marble Pie
The BEST Pumpkin Pie
Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie
Sweet Cherry Pie
Traditional Perfect Pumpkin Pie
Caramel Banana Cream Pie
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Can you make this without the caramel sauce, and just follow the recipe for a regular apple pie? Thank you!
Four stars. Taste is great but this is very labor intensive. Directions on making the caramel sauce could have been better. First batch of caramel sauce went in the garbage- I couldn’t see the color of the sugar carmelization with the butter already added in (as this recipe says to do). I ended up using directions from another caramel sauce recipe where butter was added in after caramelization and cream being stirred in. Also this sauce is incredibly butter heavy.
I made the Carmel sauce with no problems at all. Got great reviews. The butter tastes rich and delicious.
This is exactly what happened to me as well! I have made caramel before and thought this was odd but was trusting the process. It never browned and I ended up with goopy light yellow sweet butter.