Chef John's Caramel Apple Pie


To me, this caramel apple pie recipe is the purest and most intensely flavored apple pie 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.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
1 9-inch pie


  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • ¼ cup water

  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 pastry for double-crust pie (see footnote for recipe link)

  • 5 apples - peeled, cored and sliced


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  2. Combine white sugar, brown sugar, butter, 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.

    close up view of Chef John's Caramel Apple Pie in a pie pan
    Chef John


Get the recipe for Chef John's Easy Homemade Pie Crust.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

336 Calories
16g Fat
48g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 336
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 142mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 128mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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