Monday, October 14, 2013

Caramel Apple Streusel Pie

Caramel Apple Streusel Pie

Makes 1 pie; Serves 8-10

Probably the best apple pie I've ever made.  Will make again and again.
Pie crust: Mimo
Filling adapted from Nutmeg Nanny 
Streusel from Indulge
Caramel addition inspired by Chocolate Covered Everything

Mimo's Pie Crust:
1 stick butter
2 T. sugar
1 cup flour

6 cups apple chunks (I used 6 granny smith apples here)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp lemon juice

Caramel Sauce:
4 T. butter
3 T. brown sugar
2 T. heavy cream
2 t. vanilla
1/2 c. caramel ice cream topping

Streusel Topping:

1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon superfine sugar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For pie crust:

Heat butter in a saucepan until melted.  Add sugar and mix until sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat.
Stir in flour until fully combined.  Pat into pie pan.  

For filling:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare dry ingredients in a large bowl, set aside. Core, peel, and slice apples. Transfer into large bowl with dry ingredients. Top off with vanilla and lemon juice. Toss to coat apples well. Set aside while you prepare caramel sauce.

For caramel sauce, start by melting your 4 Tbls of Butter in a large saucepan.  Then add in the 3 Tbls of brown Sugar, Heavy Cream, and Vanilla and cook for 3 minutes over medium low heat constantly stirring.  Add in 1/2 cup of Caramel ice cream topping or sauce into your homemade sauce and stir to combine. 

To this delicious caramel sauce, add in your apple mixture and stir to combine.  Pour apple filling into pie crust.

For streusel topping:
Combine the flour, superfine sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir the melted butter and vanilla together in another small bowl. Gradually stir the butter mixture into the flour mixture, just until evenly moistened (you may not need all of the butter). Squeeze the mixture in your hands until thoroughly combined. Crumble the mixture in the bowl to make fine crumbs with some small lumps.

Top pie with streusel topping.  Cover loosely with foil.  Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 375 and continue baking for an additional 35 minutes.  Cool and enjoy.

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