Caramel Apple Pie

When you hear the term “All American” what comes to mind? For me it’s the American flag, our troops, baseball, hot dogs, and this caramel apple pie! Once you try it, you’ll most likely get rid of all your other apple pie recipes!

My family loves pie, especially my husband, Scott. A few times a year, we make the one hour drive up to the town of Julian in search of cooler weather and delicious pies. If you are ever in the area, be sure to check out this adorable town, dotted with cute shops, cafes, and restaurants.

So, what do I do when I crave pie the rest of the year? I make my own, of course! I’ve tried many recipes over the years, but have settled on this one as my go-to recipe. This recipe was adapted from Chef John’s Carmel Apple Pie.

As I usually do, I tweaked the recipe, and adjusted what I thought needed adjusting. Give it a try, and see what you think. If you’re feeling really ambitious, try both recipes and see which you prefer. If you prefer my recipe, I’d love to hear about it, if the other, I don’t want to know!



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Caramel Apple Pie
Apple pie
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Caramel Sauce
Remaining Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Caramel Sauce
Remaining Ingredients
Apple pie
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F degrees ​ Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, nutmeg, and water. Stir until the mixture comes to a rolling boil, then remove from heat.
    carmel apple pie
  2. Peel, core, and slice apples, and add to a medium-sized bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice and toss with flour, making sure the flour is equally distributed. Roll out half of the pastry, fit in a 9" pie plate. Trim the excess pastry, leaving 1/2" of pastry hanging past the rim of the pie plate. Save the trimmed pastry for later. Arrange the apples in the pie plate.
    peeled apples
  3. Roll out the remaining crust over a cutting board. Using a pastry wheel, cut dough in 1/2" strips. ​Don't have one of those fancy tools? No problem, just use a knife, or "treat yo' self" and purchase one.
    pie pastry
  4. Lay one of the center (longest) pieces of pastry dough over the middle of the pie. Continue working towards the edge, using every other piece of dough. Weave the remaining pieces (over and under) in the opposite direction until all the pieces are used up.
    carmel apple pie
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  6. If there are extra pieces, combine them with the excess dough that was trimmed earlier. Roll out the extra dough on a cutting board. Use cookie cutters to cut out decorative leaves, or other shapes to add to the top of the lattice (optional). Fold the ends of the lattice strips under the bottom crust and crimp the edges.
    crimped pie crust
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  8. Carefully pour the caramel mixture through the holes in the lattice, making sure you distribute the caramel over the entire pie.
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  9. Place pie on a cookie sheet, in case it boils over, and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350F, and bake for an additional 50 minutes, or until the caramel beings to ooze out of the lattice, and the pie is nicely browned. Cool completely before serving. If you are ready to throw all caution to the wind, serve with vanilla ice-cream. I dare you!
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