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Homemade Caramel Apple Pie

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This Homemade Caramel Apple Pie is the absolute best Apple Pie I’ve ever eaten and really so simple to make! With all the compliments you will be sure to receive once you serve it, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make it this holiday season!

Homemade Caramel Apple Pie - The absolute best apple pie I've ever eaten and really so simple to make! www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

There’s just nothing like it, is there? All-American. Baked in a flakey crust. Topped with sweet vanilla bean ice cream. You know what I’m talkin’ about. Apple Pie. Absolutely nothing compares. Especially when it’s made fresh from your own kitchen.

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to Thanksgiving and all the trimmings, pie is where you just can’t cut the corners. There’s no picking up the pie from the bakery. No ordering pies from a restaurant. And definitely no frozen pies in my Thanksgiving spread! It just doesn’t jive with me. Heck, I’d rather cut corners elsewhere – can anyone say ‘Stovetop Stuffing?’ Come.to.Mama!! Anything to allow me more time to make this delicious apple pie!

Homemade Caramel Apple Pie - The absolute best apple pie I've ever eaten and really so simple to make! www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

I will tell you one thing about this particular pie. It’s like a fine wine. Yup, that’s right. It gets better as it ages. Seriously. Okay, well, unless we’re talking weeks here. But I promise you, it would never last longer than a week any household where tastebuds were present. Back to the point. So you make it on day one, preferably the day before you plan on serving it. It’s insanely soupy and has a thin liquid. Day two comes along and you can cut into it knowing you’ll be able to get a solid piece and the liquid has become more ooey gooey perfect for that perfect pie crust.

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And then the leftover pie. That, my friend, is where it’s at. Why don’t you just keep the fork right there in the pie pan because you’re going to want to dip right into it every time you walk past, right? You know – to save on dirty dishes of course. On second thought, maybe the easily accessible bites of pie numerous times a day isn’t the best bet – this is supposed to be a health blog, right?? But what I was TRYING to get at before my health-conscious self stepped in – the ooey gooey-ness continues more and more into the next couple days. The flavors combine even more. The crust becomes soft. Oh man. It’s just insane!

Homemade Caramel Apple Pie - The absolute best apple pie I've ever eaten and really so simple to make! www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

So before you decide to start placing your pie orders from Mrs Generic Cookie-Cutter Bakery, remind yourself that you can create a completely unique and ridiculously flavorful apple pie in your own home. But just beware. Making this pie for Thanksgiving will most likely put you on pie duty for the rest of your life. Just a friendly warning.

Or hey, maybe you’re looking for a plant-based vegan version of this pie – let me hook you up!! The flavor is exactly the same and no one will know!

Homemade Caramel Apple Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 double pie crust (just double my homemade pie crust
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 8-10 Tablespoons all-purpose flour or more if paste isn't formed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6-7 granny smith apples , peeled, cored, and sliced

Instructions

  • Melt 1 cup butter in a sauce pan. Stir in 6 Tablespoons flour to form a paste. (If paste isn't formed, add 1T more at a time until paste is formed. Add 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce temperature, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with sliced apples, mounded slightly. Top with about half of the sugary caramel sauce.
  • Cover with a top crust, using whatever technique you feel comfortable with. A full crust, lattice work, or some other variation you prefer. Gently pour the remaining caramel over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off. Top with a few shakes of cinnamon.
  • Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees F. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F, and continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes.
  • Once finished baking, let sit out for at least 4 hours, preferably closer to 12 hours. This is a perfect pie to make the day before.
Homemade Caramel Apple Pie - The absolute best apple pie I've ever eaten and really so simple to make! www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! I’ve been making it for years. It always turns out perfectly! Wondering if after it sits at room temperature if it needs to be refrigerated? I’ve always let it cool for about 4 hours and then pop it in the fridge, but this time I forgot and left it out for about 20 hours. Thanks!

    1. Hi Camille, Thanks for coming back and letting me know you’ve made it several times. That is a great question and honestly, I always error on the side of caution and refrigerate. I am not sure if eating the pie after it being room temp for 20 hours would be safe, I am sorry I don’t have the answer to that! 🙂

    1. Hi Diana 🙂 Thank you for reaching out with your question. I’m sorry to hear that it didn’t form a paste. My suggestion would be to gradually add 1 tablespoon more of flour at a time until you achieve the desired paste consistency.

    1. Sorry for the delay in my response. We were out of town 🙂 Placing a pie on a baking tray to catch any potential drippings should not significantly affect the bake time. You may need to adjust it only slightly.

    1. Give it a good whisk right before pouring over the apples, and you’ll be good to go. It happens to me too if I let it sit too long before pouring over the apples and crust.

  2. I’ve tried to make this pie twice now but both times it turns out very liquid, is there something I am doing wrong?

    1. When you pull it out of the oven, it will be liquidy. It always is for me as well. Letting it sit and completely cool will allow it to thicken and get nice and gooey.

  3. I made this and it was amazing!! I like to make my pies very full, so my only recommendation is to use a deep pie dish. I used a standard size, but thankfully put my pie on a drip ring. I had to switch it out after the first 15 minutes as it was dripping over.

  4. Is there a trick to making the caramel? Every time I’ve made it, there’s too much, and it bakes out into the oven.

    1. Hi Joe! I’m sorry you’re having troubles with the Caramel. I sometimes use a deep dish pie pan. If you don’t have one of those available, just place the pie pan on a baking sheet to catch any escaping caramel. Enjoy!

  5. 4 stars
    This recipe looks great! Thank you for sharing! If you make it the day before you want to eat it, when can you put it in the fridge? After it sits out for 4 hours? Also, what’s the best way to warm it up the next day? Thank you in advance!!