We have a thing for pie and especially apple pie. This is a riff on Grandma Ceil's award winning apple pie. She didn't do the caramel part, but her pies were always on point. Apples are pretty much always in season somewhere so play around with the different varieties you find. By creating a caramel first, the flavors of the apples and the honey really shine. And, yes, we also have a thing for #pieart. Grab your favorite cookie cutters or practice the braids you did as a child and have FUN!
Caramel Apple Pie
1 9 “ pie
6 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced
Juice of ½ lemon
2 tablespoons flour
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ cup butter
¼ cup white honey
½ cup brown sugar
Pinch of salt
1 egg whisked
Sugar for sprinkling
(Makes 2 9 inch shells)
1 cup chilled butter
4 tablespoons vegetable shortening
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
10-12 tablespoons water with ice cubes
2 teaspoons vanilla
Dough- Cut butter and shortening into flour, cinnamon and salt with fingertips or pastry cutter or two knives until butter resembles small peas. Add vanilla to ice water. Make a well and gradually add in water mixture into flour and mix with hands until dough begins coming together. Flip dough onto floured surface and mix gently until ball forms, divide into two balls and gently flatten into disc. Wrap in plastic and let rest in fridge or freezer until ready to use. You can also make this in a food processor.
Preheat oven 425
Place apples in a large bowl and toss with lemon juice, flour, and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a sauté pan on medium high heat add butter, honey, and brown sugar with a pinch of salt. Swirl pan carefully to mix and let mixture get bubbly. Watch carefully and keep swirling or stirring until the caramel thicken slightly and begins to brown. Add in apples and stir to coat for one minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
Remove dough from refrigerator and let warm up for ten minutes. Roll one disc out until about 1/8 inch thick and line pie dish. Leaving over hanging dough. Fill with apples and then roll our second disc. Cover apples with dough and crimp the edges together either with a fork or rolling and using your fingertips to pinch along the edges. With a sharp knife make some small slits on the top to let steam out. You can make little trees or arrows.
You can also create a lattice with strips and braids or play with cookie cutters. You just want to leave some negative space so steam can escape.
Brush with the whisked egg and sprinkle with sugar. Place in oven and after 10 minutes drop heat to 350 and cook for another 40 minutes or until apples are soft when tested with a knife or tooth pick. If the pie is browning to quickly cover the tip with tinfoil.
Let rest before cutting.
Serve with ice cream or whipped cream