Salted Caramel Apple Pie – Sally’s Baking Habit

You’ll love this up to date model of a traditional: salted caramel apple pie. It has the entire taste you like from caramel apples, with the added bonus of a buttery, flaky pie crust. It’s at all times one of many top-rated Thanksgiving pies on my web site, however you don’t want to attend for a particular vacation to make it. Prime every slice with vanilla ice cream for a dessert that goals are fabricated from!

overhead photo of a salted caramel apple pie with lattice pie crust in a glass pie dish.

This is likely one of the first pie recipes I initially printed on my web site, again in 2013. And it’s nonetheless one among my absolute favorites! I make it each Thanksgiving, together with pumpkin pie.

Right here’s Why You’ll Love This Salted Caramel Apple Pie

  • Cinnamon-spiced apples
  • Additional additional apple filling (pile it excessive!)
  • Buttery, flaky golden pie crust
  • Candy, salty, gooey salted caramel (want I say extra?)
  • Tastes superb with vanilla ice cream

There are 3 elements to this pie. It’s fairly much like my common apple pie, however with salted caramel inside and on prime. (Probably the most flavorful addition!) First, we’ve got the buttery, flaky pie crust, then the cinnamon-spiced apples, and at last the salted caramel. Let’s begin with the crust. Have you ever ever made pie dough from scratch earlier than?

slice of salted caramel apple pie in a glass pie dish.
salted caramel apple pie slice with vanilla ice cream on top.

Begin With High quality Pie Dough

Pie crust could be tough, however it doesn’t need to be. It’s made with a couple of easy components. Flour, salt, chilly water, and fats. You may make pie crust with shortening or with butter. Why shortening? Shortening aids in creating flakiness. Flaky, tender, melt-in-your mouth crust. Why butter? Butter imparts unparalleled, impeccable taste. Nothing beats butter with regards to taste!

My favourite pie crust recipe makes use of each, for the perfect of each worlds. Flaky, tender, buttery pie crust made out of shortening AND butter. And in case you’re searching for an all-butter pie dough, right here is my favourite recipe for all-butter pie crust.

Every of those pie dough recipe posts features a useful video tutorial, step-by-step images, and plenty of troubleshooting suggestions.

#1 Pie Crust Success Tip

Hold the pie dough chilly everytime you aren’t working with it. Depart the pie dough within the fridge whilst you make the apple filling.

Greatest Filling Substances to Use & Why

  • Apples: You want about 8 massive apples. Similar to after we make apple cake, I like to recommend utilizing half tart and half candy. I really like tart Granny Smith apples paired with a candy selection akin to Pink Woman, Honeycrisp, Jazz, or Fuji. You get extra advanced taste in every chew whenever you use a combo.
  • Sugar: Use granulated sugar to sweeten the apple pie filling. You don’t want an excessive amount of, as a result of additionally, you will be including the sweetness of the salted caramel.
  • Lemon: A squeeze of lemon is essential in apple pies. Not sufficient to style the lemon, however simply sufficient to stop the apples from browning and to maintain the flavour brilliant. (Apple pies can style a bit flat with out it.) For these causes, I additionally use lemon in my apple cinnamon babka recipe.
  • Flour: Flour thickens the pie filling, turning the juices right into a gooey filling that units up, for a wonderfully sliceable pie. I don’t use cornstarch right here, flour is my best choice. I favor cornstarch for berry pies, like this blueberry pie.
  • Spices: Cinnamon and nutmeg add unparalleled taste. For added heat, add some allspice or cloves. You’ll be able to actually use both; they’re like a comfortable hug to your tastebuds. 😉
  • Salted Caramel: You need to use store-bought caramel sauce or you can also make this common home made salted caramel sauce. I like to recommend home made; my recipe is salty, candy, and irresistibly buttery. You make it on the range with solely 4 easy components, and a pair of of these components are additionally used within the filling and the crust (sugar and butter). No sweet thermometer required, and you can also make the caramel upfront, or whereas your pie dough is chilling.

By the best way, here’s a full listing of the perfect apples for baking.

bowl of sliced apples with ingredients surrounding it and shown again mixed together.

These Step-by-Step Photographs Will Assist

My pie crust recipe makes sufficient dough for a double-crusted pie. Begin by rolling out your backside pie crust (about 12 inches in diameter) and becoming it right into a 9-inch pie dish.

hands using rolling pin to fit dough into pie dish and hands using scissors to cut excess dough around edge.

Subsequent, add the apple filling to the crust. It’s possible you’ll assume, “There’s manner an excessive amount of filling, it gained’t match!” However it’ll, I promise. Pile it excessive.

spooning apples into pie dough.

Now pour about 1/2 cup of salted caramel over the apples.

pouring caramel sauce on top of apples inside bottom pie crust.

Take the remaining chilled pie dough out of the fridge. Roll it out right into a 12- to 14-inch-diameter circle. I prefer to make a lattice pie crust for the highest. I used 18 strips of pie dough to lattice and so they have been about 1/2—3/4 inch thick… 9 strips going every manner. Crimp the pie crust edges with a fork, to seal in all that caramel-apple goodness.

hand latticing pie crust and brushing egg wash on top.

Earlier than baking, brush the highest with an egg wash, for that golden sheen, then sprinkle with coarse sugar, for a bit sparkle and crunch. That is precisely how I end off blueberry pie, too!

unbaked pie with lattice pie crust and crimped edge.

Different Topping Choices

In fact, you should utilize thicker strips like I used for this peach pie, or a mixture of thick and skinny strips like I used on this cherry pie. You can additionally strive one thing additional ornamental by studying Tips on how to Braid Pie Crust or following my Pie Crust Designs Tutorial.

Or… be at liberty to skip the highest crust totally (save the opposite half of the pie dough for a pumpkin pie!) and use the oat streusel topping from this blueberry crumble pie or the crumb topping from this apple crumble pie. I typically like to combine this recipe with that topping!

As soon as the pie filling is effervescent, and the crust is golden brown, the pie is finished. Anticipate the pie to chill fully, after which you’ll be able to slice and serve. As at all times, you’ll be able to serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and because you’ll have some leftover, add a drizzle of salted caramel on prime. These are the *chef’s kiss* good ending touches to your salted caramel apple pie.

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Success Ideas

  1. Uniform Apple Slices: Do your greatest to chop the apple slices to be all the identical thickness. Why? You don’t need some thick stable apples and a few skinny mushy apples. You need all of them to bake right into a deliciously soft-yet-crisp texture. Goal for about 1/4-inch-thick slices.
  2. Chilly Pie Dough: Hold the entire pie dough you aren’t immediately working with within the fridge. Heat or room-temperature pie dough is unimaginable to roll and deal with.
  3. Make-Forward Salted Caramel: You may make the salted caramel upfront, and refrigerate for as much as 1 month or freeze for as much as 3 months. Thaw within the fridge or at room temperature, then warmth it up earlier than utilizing. After refrigerating, the caramel might be chilly and stable, so that you’ll must heat it as much as convey it again to a liquid consistency you’ll be able to pour over the pie.
salted caramel apple pie with a slice removed

Advisable Instruments

Remember to take a look at my prime 10 greatest pie baking instruments, however listed below are a couple of particular instruments I like to recommend for making this salted caramel apple pie:



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