Introduction: DON'S CARAMEL APPLE PIE
This is my favorite pie recipe. I am always picking up cheap glass pie plates at garage sales to use when giving these pies away.
For my pies I use the ready to unroll & bake pie crust found in the refrigerated section of the grocery.
You will also need:
5 or 6 Granny Smith apples
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
½ Teaspoon Nutmeg
1 Stick of Butter
3 Tablespoons Flour
½ Cup White Sugar
½ Cup Brown Sugar
¼ Cup Water
Step 1: Apples
You need to start with 4 or 5 Granny Smith apples. Use 6 if the apples are small. (All the measurements here are for ONE pie. Double it if you are making two like I did.)
Step 2: Peeling
I use a hand cranked - apple peeler/slicer/corer to get the job done fast. I cut away the parts of the apple that aren’t perfect... And our dog “Sunshine” catches the scraps.
Step 3: Spices
To the sliced apples, add 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon, 1 Teaspoon Vanilla and ½ Teaspoon nutmeg. (I mix these ingredients into the apples by placing a second bowl on top of the first one and shaking the whole mess.)
Step 4: Into the Crust
Put the seasoned apples into a pie crust. I use the ready made Pillsbury crust that you just unroll and bake.
Step 5: The Caramel Sauce
In a saucepan melt 1 stick of BUTTER. (Please notice that I did NOT use the term ‘margarine’.) Add 3 Tablespoons of flour to the hot melted butter. Stir it in and then add ½ cup of white sugar, ½ cup of brown sugar and ¼ cup of water.
Bring this to a boil, reduce the heat slightly, and boil it for an additional 5 minutes. Be certain to continuously stir the caramel mixture the entire time it is cooking!
(Looks like homemade caramels, doesn’t it!)
Step 6: Half on the Pie
Pour ½ of the caramel sauce over the apples in your pie pan. Save the other half!
Step 7: Top Crust
Make a lattice crust over the top of your pie by slicing an unrolled pie crust into approximately one inch strips. I sprinkled a little flour on the table before unrolling the crust to keep it from sticking.
Alternate placing vertical and horizontal strips of the crust.
Step 8: Remainder of the Sauce
Pour the remainder of your caramel sauce over the top of your pie.
Step 9: Tidy It Up
Trim the edges of the crust by running a knife along the outside of the pie plate... Let’s make it look nice!
For special occasions, I sometimes roll out the left over crust, cut it with a cookie cutter (such as a heart for Valentines day) sprinkle a little sugar on the cutout and center it on top of the pie for a little added decoration. (Before baking, of course!)
Step 10: Ready to Bake!
Now it’s ready to bake! Start at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350 degrees for an additional 30 to 45 minutes.
You may want to put a cookie sheet on a lower rack under the pie as the sauce can sometimes boil over, and drip off of the pie. (I like an easy clean up!)
Step 11: TA-DAA!
There you have it… “Don’s Caramel Apple Pie“.
Resist the urge… Let it cool for a few minutes!