Thursday, November 6, 2014

Adam's Favorite: Caramel Apple Pie

I have been making this pie since we got married and Adam told me it was his favorite. I have made it a few times and each time I tweak it a little bit. This recipe is tweaked from here.

My mom's pie crust (I will post that at a later date.)

Filling ingredients :

6 cups apples (golden delicious, usually about 4-6 medium)

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar + ~1/4 c. more later (to taste, sometimes the corn starch can be over powering)

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup all-purpose flour + a couple of T. to thicken (I will eliminate the extra T later in favor of cornstarch).

1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or about 3/4 t. Penezes Cinnamon (It's really strong)

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

6-7 tablespoons heavy cream

4 tablespoons butter

3 T. cornstarch mixed with cold milk and pour into hot sauce, quickly

Directions: Make your pie crust. Separate into two portions. Roll out the first part and make the bottom crust and put it in the pie plate. Put the other portion in the fridge while you make the filling.

Filling directions:
Peel and slice apples.Combine dry ingredients (not counting the extra flour or cornstarch) in large bowl and add apples. Toss to mix. I used my pampered chef bowl with the lid. Add vanilla. Melt butter in heavy skillet. Add apple mixture and cream. Start cooking on the stove. Preheat your oven now to 450 degrees F. Cook approximately 8 minutes, to soften the apples. A minute or two in add the cornstarch mixed with cold milk and stir until thicker. If not thick enough add a little flour. Taste. If it tastes a little starchy add about 1/4 c. more brown sugar. (Note: It does tend to make the pie a little rich when you add extra, I was surprised that it took it over the top by adding more...) Pour into pie shell.

Now take the second portion of pie crust and roll it out and top the pie. Pinch the edges to make seal the crust however you so desire. Vent the top by cutting small holes in the top. Brush the top with egg white and sprinkle with raw sugar (the big crystals.) Bake at 450 for 15 minutes. Reduce heat toReduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake 45 minutes longer.

Enjoy! Great with icecream and or whipped cream :)