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Oh-So-Easy Caramel Apple Pie

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My husband really, really loves apple pie.  It is the only dessert he ever asks for.  But being the devoted wife that I am, I would only ever make it for Thanksgiving.  Because let’s face it:  Apple pie is a lot of work.  Between the homemade crust and all those apples that need to be peeled and cored and sliced, it just wasn’t a commitment I was willing to make on a regular basis.

Until now.

Then a few months ago, on our month-long road trip, some friends introduced us to a handy little tool that has changed our life!  You may have already heard of it but I was blown away. It was an apple-corer-peeler-slicer.  Have you ever seen one?  They are SO cool!  We have never eaten so many apples in our life, and by always keeping a few rolls of refrigerated pie crust handy, I can now literally whip up an apple pie any time the urge strikes.

DIG DEEPER


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My go-to apple pie recipe is pretty simple, but I sometimes like to jazz it up with the addition of some homemade caramel sauce.  It also works great with a jar of store-bought caramel, or you can skip the caramel altogether and just add extra sugar.  I also like to use a combination of sweet and tart apples for better flavor.

Assemble the ingredients for this yummy caramel apple pie: crust, apples, seasonings, lemon juice, butter and caramel.

Here is what you need:

1 package refrigerated rolled pie crust (2 rolls)
5 tart apples (I like Granny Smith)
3 sweet apples (such as Pink Lady, Macintosh, Envy, or Honeycrisp)
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 pats butter
1 8oz jar caramel sauce (optional)
1 large egg
1 tablespoon heavy cream

Peel and core the apples using an apple corer or by hand.

Step 1: Peel, core, and slice apples.   Remove pie crust from refrigerator and let set on counter for 10 minutes.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees    Note:  Peeling and slicing the apples is the hardest part of making apple pie, so just trust me when I say that if you like apple pie, buying one of these apple peeler corer slicers might be the best twenty-five bucks you ever spend.  It literally took me about 5 minutes to core, peel, and slice all 8 apples.

Slice the cored and peeled apples into half slices for the delicious caramel apple pie.

Step 2:  In a large bowl, mix apples, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg until apples are well coated.  Note:  If you are omitting the caramel sauce, be sure to add an extra 1/4 cup of sugar here.

In a large bowl mix the cinnamon, sugar and apples until they're well coated.

Step 3:  Unroll first pie crust and set on 9 1/2″ pie plate.  Unroll second pie crust on cutting board and cut out design or pattern, if desired.

Unroll the packaged pie crust into a clear glass pie pan.

Step 4: Place 1/2 of apples in pie crust.  Top with 3 pats butter.  Cover with remaining apples.

Add the coated apples to the pie crust and top with dollops of butter.

Step 5:  Heat caramel in microwave to bring it to pouring consistency.  Carefully pour over top of apples.

Microwave the caramel until warm and pour to coat the apples.

Step 6:  Carefully place 2nd crust over top of apples and crimp edges with edge of bottom crust to seal.

Add designs and decorations cut into the crust to make the pie really special.

Step 7:  Whisk together egg and heavy cream.  Carefully brush top of pie with egg mixture.  Sprinkle with sugar if desired.

Brush the top of the pie with a mixture of egg and heavy cream.

Step 8:  Bake at 375 degrees for 60-75 minutes, until crust is brown and juices are bubbly.  If crust begins to brown too quickly, cover with foil.  Let cool on wire rack before serving.

Bake the gorgeous apple pie and allow it to cool. This caramel apple pie recipe is sure to be a favorite at your holiday table.

Oh-So-Easy Caramel Apple Pie

A great addition to your Thanksgiving pie lineup!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Oh-So-Easy Caramel Apple Pie
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 12 people

Ingredients

  • 1 package refrigerated rolled pie crust 2 rolls
  • 5 tart apples I like Granny Smith
  • 3 sweet apples such as Pink Lady, Macintosh, Envy, or Honeycrisp
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 pats butter
  • 1 8 oz jar caramel sauce optional
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Peel, core, and slice apples. Remove pie crust from refrigerator and let set on counter for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  2. In a large bowl, mix apples, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg until apples are well coated. (If you are omitting the caramel sauce, be sure to add an extra 1/4 cup of sugar here.)

  3. Unroll first pie crust and set on 9 1/2" pie plate. Unroll second pie crust on cutting board and cut out design or pattern, if desired.
  4. Place 1/2 of apples in pie crust. Top with 3 pats butter. Cover with remaining apples.
  5. Heat caramel in microwave to bring it to pouring consistency. Carefully pour over top of apples.
  6. Carefully place 2nd crust over top of apples and crimp edges with edge of bottom crust to seal.
  7. Whisk together egg and heavy cream. Carefully brush top of pie with egg mixture. Sprinkle with sugar if desired. Bake at 375 degrees for 60-75 minutes, until crust is brown and juices are bubbly. If crust begins to brown too quickly, cover with foil. Let cool before serving.

Recipe Notes

Preparing the apples is the hardest part of making apple pie, so just trust me when I say that if you like apple pie, buying one of those apple peeler corer slicers might be the best twenty bucks you ever spend. It literally took me about 5 minutes to core, peel and slice all 8 apples. 

 Easy Caramel Apple Pie: A simple, delicious holiday dessert!

41 Comments

  1. Kelly
    November 6 at 09:52AM

    Love, love, LOVE apple pie!! Can’t wait to try this!!

  2. November 6 at 03:10PM

    That looks amazing and I don’t even like apple pie(or any pie) that much. Im a chocolate girl! I might have to make this for my husband and family.

  3. November 6 at 06:44PM

    My husband is the same way – with apple pie being his only dessert request. I use my apple peeler corer slicer for the process, too. To save even more time, I slice up a bunch of apples and season them, and then freeze them in quart size bags. Then, when my husband asks for an apple pie, I pull out of one of the apple bags and a homemade freezer pie crust, and I’ve quickly made him very happy! And that makes me very happy! 🙂

    • s
      September 25 at 08:42AM

      when u do this do u need to thaw the apples before baking?

  4. November 6 at 08:32PM

    This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  5. November 7 at 06:21AM

    Hey Ruth,
    Thanks a lot for sharing such an amazing giveaway.This is looking really yummy.Going to try it today for my hubby 🙂

  6. Nicole
    November 13 at 11:50PM

    A couple of questions…

    I will be traveling to family the day before thanksgiving. Can I make this the day before thanksgiving, and then bake it on thanksgiving?

    Or would you suggest making and baking it on Wednesday and then serving it on Thursday?

    Also, do the leftovers need to be refrigerated?

    • Ruth Soukup
      November 14 at 11:49AM

      I would make and bake the pie the day before Thanksgiving. The only thing that I would be concerned about if you made the pie and waited until the next day to bake, would be the pie crust. I’m not sure if it would end up being too soggy!

  7. November 14 at 01:39AM

    It looks so yummy! And and leaflets add a nice touch, can’t wait to try your recipe.

  8. Nicole
    November 14 at 12:02PM

    One more question. If making this the night before serving, should it be refrigerated overnight? Thanks!

    • Ruth Soukup
      November 15 at 02:44PM

      Yes, I would. Then you could heat up individual pieces if you want to have a warm apple pie. 🙂

  9. November 16 at 09:25PM

    So very delicious. I can only imagine how good this is going to taste. Thank you bunches for sharing this recipe! It will surely be a family favorite in no time.

  10. Love2Learn
    November 18 at 03:47PM

    WOW! This looks scrum-dilly-umptious!!!! I am not a baker.. AT ALL! But, I have been designated to bring
    the apple pie. I was tempted to buy one from the bakery until I found your recipe & photos…
    I have a few questions:
    Would it be ok to bake this the weekend before Thanksgiving, freeze it & then thaw it out … or, should I just make
    it the night before & follow the instructions you provided to Nicole?
    Also, can you tell me how you made those lovely designs in the crust? Do I need a special device? Aside from not being a good cook, I’m not a very good artist either! lol…
    I intend on attempting to make (2): one with caramel & one without….
    Unfortunately, I won’t have enough time to purchase one of those devices…. but, if this recipe turns out to
    be a hit, I’ll DEFINATELY be purchasing one (or asking Santa for this as a Christmas present!!!)
    Thank you, SO MUCH, for inspiring this not-so-good of a cook to dive into this unchartered territory!!!!

    • Anonymous
      November 20 at 09:33AM

      I found this site to show how to freeze an unbaked Apple Pie. I am going to try it! Can’t do everything the day befhttp://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2010/12/09/freeze-the-fastest-way-to-fresh-baked-fruit-pie/ore TG.

      Hope it works for you and me!

  11. Cajensen64@gmail.com
    November 19 at 12:48PM

    I need the temp. Setting for the crock pot Carmel sauce.

  12. December 18 at 06:49PM

    My partner loves apple pie. Will give this one a try, so easy, and looks great.

  13. December 27 at 05:14PM

    This reminded me that I have the apple corer/peeler/slicer as well. Can you believe I forgot that I had such a handy device?
    I just whipped this yummy pie up for my sister. (We’re starting our 3rd Christmas tonight. Craziness!) Can’t wait to cut into it.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Kathy
    February 14 at 07:12PM

    I clicked on the link to hummingbird cake in the newsletter I got from you today and it takes me to a apple pie recipe.

  15. gary
    April 5 at 11:38PM

    I did this recipe exactly… It was like apple soup. Every other apple pie recipe I looked up had flour, non in this recipe.

    • Anonymous
      December 2 at 01:11AM

      Yes! This happened to me too!

  16. Chamzgrl
    July 13 at 11:37AM

    Loved this, just tried it this evening.
    Had bought a pie crust you mix with water, and was apprehensive at first…then it turned out to be totally delicious and I still have a lot of apples left, so cannot wait to make more tomorrow!
    Very good feedback, super glad I came across this. Thanks!

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  18. AnnetteA
    December 22 at 12:47PM

    Can you leave out the butter? Also I always add unsweetened cranberries in my apple pies. It gives it a nice dash of color and a bit of tartness.

  19. Donna
    November 1 at 09:54PM

    I think I’ll make this tomorrow. However, I’ve never made apple pie without the addition of flour to thicken the natural juice that seeps from the apples. So, the only change I’ll be making is the addition of 1/4 cup flour. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

    • Donna
      November 2 at 06:11PM

      OK! Made this this morning! The only addition I made was 1/4 cup flour, to firm up the juices. It was absolutely TREMENDOUS!!! Thank you for sharing. Oh…one more word. YUM!!!

  20. mamadevine
    November 19 at 07:25AM

    Anyone try freezing this pie? I’d like to make it ahead… not sure if there’s a trick to freezing pie..?

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