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
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, apple pie spice, and salt
- Add apple slices and gently toss until coated
- Transfer apple mixture to prepared pie plate with unbaked crust
- Prepare crumb topping by combining brown sugar, flour, and oats together. Cut in butter until it is like coarse crumbs.
- Sprinkle on top of apples in pie plate
- Cover edges of crust with aluminum foil or pie crust cover
- Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes. Then remove foil or cover and bake for an additional 25 to 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly
- Drizzle caramel topping over top
- Cool on wire rack
- Enjoy warm or cool.
- A combination of sour and sweet apples works great together. My favorite is golden delicious and granny smith.
- Bake pie on cookie sheet to catch drippings
- 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.
- 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!
- Go ahead and pile the apple mixture high, they bake down.
- 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.
- A salty homemade crust goes really well with fruit pies. It helps cut the sweet a little.