Not all apple pies are created equal. When working with any fruit pie, but especially apple, you have to consider the variables if you want the best apple pie possible.
Apple variety is important to consider as apples can vary in moisture, crispness, and sweetness. Is there anything more satisfying than a warm slice of pie with salty butter crust and tender sweet’n tart apples?
To be clear, Granny Smith apples are atypical for apple pie, but then this is no ordinary pie. This pie comes complete with a vanilla caramel sauce, so you really need the sourest of apples – think caramel apple on a stick.
So, if you are into apple pie, and especially, if you are into caramel apples…make this recipe! You won’t regret it.
Making Your Own Pie Crust
You can cut some of the work involved by using a store bought pie crust, but if you have 15 minutes and a pastry cutter, then I highly recommend popping over to my peach cobbler post because I have a butter crust recipe that’s easy as apple pie to make:)
Why This Apple Pie Recipe Works
- Sour green apples (Granny Smith) add a necessary tart component that compliments the sweetness from the caramel sauce.
- The crumble topping adds a bit of crunch to enjoy the warm apple juices beneath.
- Cinnamon and allspice enhance the flavor of the apple but don’t over-power the caramel-apple flavor.
- The apples cook all the way through without getting mushy as the crust gets cooked through.
- Salt is used smartly throughout to enhance the savory flavors that so many mediocre pies lack.
Making this Apple Pie
I recommend making the crust first so you can refrigerate it while you work on the other components. I like to coat cut apples to prevent them from browning (which is why I have you juice the lemons before cutting into the apples).
While the pie bakes, you can get the caramel sauce ready in minutes. Since apple pie is best served same day, I recommend baking it any time up to 1 hour prior to serving. It’s a good idea to let people spoon extra caramel sauce on their pie too.
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