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Salted Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

Salted Caramel Apple Pie
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There are few desserts as quintessentially comforting and evocative of cozy gatherings as a classic apple pie. But when you introduce the sweet harmony of salted caramel into this beloved treat, it transcends into something truly exceptional. The marriage of tangy apples nestled in a flaky crust, adorned with a rich layer of luscious salted caramel, creates a dessert that tantalizes taste buds and warms the soul. Prepare yourself for a culinary adventure as we delve into the art of creating the irresistible Salted Caramel Apple Pie.

Ingredients:

For the Pie Crust:

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (cold and cubed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 6-8 tablespoons ice water

For the Filling:

  • 6-7 medium-sized apples (peeled, cored, and thinly sliced)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Salted Caramel:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature, cut into pieces)
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes (adjust to taste)

Additional equipment:

  • 1 9-inch pie pan

Instructions:

1. Preparing the Pie Crust:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add the cold cubed butter and mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Gradually add ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and mix until the dough comes together. Form the dough into a ball, divide it in half, flatten each half into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • Roll out one disk on a floured surface to fit a 9-inch pie dish, then place it in the dish and trim any excess dough hanging over the edges. Refrigerate the crust while preparing the filling.

2. Making the Apple Filling:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a large bowl, toss the sliced apples with granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla extract until well coated.
  • Fill the prepared pie crust in the 9-inch pie pan with the apple mixture, arranging the slices evenly.


3. Crafting the Salted Caramel:

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the granulated sugar while stirring constantly until it turns a deep amber color.
  • Add the butter and stir until completely melted and combined.
  • Slowly pour in the heavy cream while stirring continuously. Be cautious as the mixture may bubble vigorously.
  • Remove the caramel from heat, stir in the sea salt flakes, and let it cool slightly.
create a lattice or cover the pie
create a lattice or cover the pie /Image from Pixabay

4. Assembling and Baking:

  • Drizzle a generous amount of the salted caramel over the apple filling, reserving some for serving.
  • Roll out the second dough disk and create a lattice or cover the pie, sealing and crimping the edges. Cut slits in the crust to allow steam to escape.
  • Place the pie on a baking sheet to catch any drips and bake for 50-60 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
  • Allow the pie to cool before serving. Drizzle with additional salted caramel when serving for an extra decadent touch.

Hints and Tips:

  • Choose a mix of tart and sweet apples like Granny Smith and Honeycrisp for a balanced flavor profile.
  • To prevent a soggy bottom crust, pre-bake the bottom crust for a few minutes before adding the filling.
  • For a quicker version, store-bought pie crusts and caramel sauce can be used, although homemade always brings that extra touch of love and flavor.
  • Adjust the salt in the caramel to suit your taste preferences—start with a smaller amount and add more if desired.

This inclusion should help clarify the pan size required for baking the Salted Caramel Apple Pie, ensuring a perfect fit for the crust and filling.

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