Caramel Apple Pie

What is the holidays especially Thanksgiving without pie? Especially apple pie! The traditional Dutch Apple pie is great, but throw in caramel and a crumb topping and wow!. I have been making this pie for several years now and have always gotten great remarks on it. It is pretty easy to make too. When I posted on Facebook this year that I was making pies and listed them, I received requests for the recipe. I got the recipe off of Good Morning America several years ago when they had a pie contest. This one didn’t win first place, but did place.  Personally, I think it should have won. I have “tweaked” it a little over the years.

Caramel Apple Pie

Ingredients for pie:

  • 1 pie crust for a deep dish 9 inch pie plate (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1/2 sugar
  • 3 T flour
  • 1 1/2 t apple pie spice
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 6 cups finely peeled, sliced apples
  • 1 crumb topping (see recipe below)
  • 1/4 c caramel topping (such as for ice cream)

Ingredients for Crumb Topping

  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 c quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 c butter

Directions for Pie

  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, apple pie spice, and salt
  2. Add apple slices and gently toss until coated
  3. Transfer apple mixture to prepared pie plate with unbaked crust
  4. Prepare crumb topping by combining brown sugar, flour, and oats together. Cut in butter until it is like coarse crumbs.
  5. Sprinkle on top of apples in pie plate
  6. Cover edges of crust with aluminum foil or pie crust cover
  7. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes. Then remove foil or cover and bake for an additional 25 to 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly
  9. Drizzle caramel topping over top
  10. Cool on wire rack
  11. Enjoy warm or cool.

Helpful Hints:
  1. A combination of sour and sweet apples works great together. My favorite is golden delicious and granny smith.
  2. Bake pie on cookie sheet to catch drippings
  3. This pie can be made sugar-free by substituting Splenda for the sugar and brown sugar and sugar-free caramel sauce for regular. I make one pie sugar-free every year upon request because it still tastes good.
  4. You might want to cut up extra apples if you have kids that like to snitch in the house. The coated apples taste really good!
  5. Go ahead and pile the apple mixture high, they bake down.
  6. If you are going to use a store-bought crust, I recommend Pillsbury’s frozen rolled crust.  It comes 2 per box. They work really well and taste good.
  7. A salty homemade crust goes really well with fruit pies. It helps cut the sweet a little.

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