This pie series isn't over yet! We've got one more pie for this up coming Thanksgiving season! Caramel Apple Pie. A delicious spin on traditional apple pie that will surely become a new family favorite. This pie is bursting with flavor while still keeping the integrity of traditional homemade apple pie. Who doesn't love a little caramel with their apples? Sign me up! You won't want to miss out of this amazing and easy recipe!
Easy Apple Pie
I know when many people see apple pie, they think a hard, labor intensive pie. Not this one! This easy caramel apple pie is quick to assemble and delicious to eat. Within 30 minutes, you will have a beautiful pie baking in the oven filling your home with the best smells of fall.
What apples should be used in apple pie?
The two best apples to use for apple pie are Honey Crisp, and Granny Smith. Both these apples make great pies because the both are firmer apples that maintain their shape and don't break down when baking. Honey Crisp apples are sweet and will intensify the sweet flavor of the caramel. Granny Smith Apples are more tart and will give the perfect balance with the caramel sauce.
Should I precook my apples before baking?
No! Do not precook the apples before baking. This pie bakes for 45 minutes and the apples will become a perfect tender texture in that time frame. If you precook the apples you will have a mushy mess of apples. It also would make it hard to work with while assembling the pie.
Should I precook my crust before baking?
Just like the apples, NO! Do not precook the crust. The time allotted gives both the apples and the crust plenty of time to cook at an even rate leaving you with a perfectly cooked caramel apple pie.
How do you thicken Apple Pie filling?
Most apple pies use cornstarch to help thicken the apple pie filling. This pie uses cornstarch and also the caramel topping that goes in the pie as well. Depending on what time of caramel you use, this may make your pie a little runnier. If you allow the pie to fully cool and set, your pie shouldn't be runny.
We recommend using our homemade caramel sauce for Caramel Apple Pie.
How to make Caramel Apple Pie
Let's make caramel apple pie!
Start by making or buying your favorite double pie crust. You will need a enough pie crust for the bottom of the pan and the top of the apples.
Next peel and cut your apples, either Honey Crisp or Granny Smith, into thin, quarter inch slices.
Put the sliced apples into a large bowl. Pour lemon juice over the apples and set aside. Lemon juice helps the apples from discoloring.
In a small bowl combine white sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
Pour the spice mixture on top of the sliced apples and stir gently until the apples are well coated.
Pour the season, sliced apples into the prepared pie crust.
Now for the caramel sauce! Pour the warmed caramel sauce evenly over the apple pie filling. Some of sauce will stay on top of the apples while some of the sauce will seep down. This is perfect! The flavor will be well distributed.
Top the pie with more crust and seal the sides. An easy way to seal the sides is wetting the bottom lip of the pie crust and pinch together the two crusts. Top the pie with an egg wash and sprinkle with course crystal sugar. Make three slits on the top the crust to help with ventilation as the pie cooks.
Bake your Caramel Apple Pie for 40-45 minutes. Let cool before cutting and serving to help maintain the shape of the apple pie.
Serve with additional caramel sauce for the top and ice cream or whipped cream!