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Chef John's Caramel Apple Pie

Rated as 4.55 out of 5 Stars

"To me, this is the purest and most intensely flavored apple pie recipe there is. The interesting thing about this recipe is the way the caramel sauce is poured over the apples and the lattice crust. You know how with a traditional apple pie some of the apple juices will caramelize as it bakes and bubble out of the pie and bake into and onto the flaky crust? That's how this whole pie is."
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Ingredients

1 h 40 m servings 336 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 9-inch pie)

Directions

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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Combine butter, white sugar, brown sugar, water, cinnamon, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Roll out half the pastry to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Place bottom crust in pie plate; pour in apple slices.
  4. Roll out top crust into a 10-inch circle. Cut into 8 (1-inch) wide strips with a sharp paring knife or pastry wheel. Weave the pastry strips, one at a time, into a lattice pattern. Fold the ends of the lattice strips under the edge of the bottom crust and crimp to seal.
  5. Pour butter-sugar mixture over top of pie, coating the lattice, and allowing any remaining sauce to drizzle through the crust.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and bake until the crust is golden brown, the caramel on the top crust is set, and the apple filling is bubbling, 35 to 40 more minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing.

Footnotes

  • Get the recipe for Chef John's Easy Homemade Pie Crust.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 336 calories; 16.3 g fat; 48.2 g carbohydrates; 1.7 g protein; 23 mg cholesterol; 142 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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This pie is absolutely delicious!! Just a note about it being too watery: If you aren't doing a lattice top crust, it will definitely be too watery, because not enough liquid can steam out. I...

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I followed the directions exactly. I even lightly floured the apples to try to ensure it would set up and I got soup. Yummy soup, but soup. Not really sure how to fix this. Won't be making this ...

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This pie is absolutely delicious!! Just a note about it being too watery: If you aren't doing a lattice top crust, it will definitely be too watery, because not enough liquid can steam out. I...

I have tried several apple pie recipes (including Grandma Ople's) only to be disappointed...until this one! I followed the advice of some other reviewers and did a thing or two from my own exper...

To make the caramel sauce thicker, add 3 Tbsp of flour to the melted butter(roux) before adding the water and then sugars. The apple selection is critical when making a good apple pie. If your...

I made this apple pie for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it, but I made a few changes. One of the reviews suggested to make the caramel sauce thicker by adding 3 Tbsp of flour to the melted bu...

Quite an easy pie! I used the Pillsbury crust, and it tasted really great in this receipe. Do the lattice he shows in the video. Easy and pretty! My son loved this pie. I added 2 extra apple...

great pie just put alittle corn starch in it and it well be even better unless you like really runny pie I have made it both ways and the corn starch makes all the difference in the world and us...

It's important to use BAKING apples in this pie. Repeat after me: "Granny Smith". Be sure to let the caramel sauce cool before pouring onto the lattice crust and bake the pie on the lowest rack ...

I followed the directions exactly. I even lightly floured the apples to try to ensure it would set up and I got soup. Yummy soup, but soup. Not really sure how to fix this. Won't be making this ...

I followed the recipe just as it was. After reading the reviews, I was concerned about the filling being watery. I have had that problem with pies in the past. I did cook the sauce as per the r...