Salted Caramel Apple Pie
I have had the hardest time sleeping for a little over a month! I used to be that person who was out like a light the second her head hit the pillow. Lately, I have been easily woken up in the middle of the night, and then I have been unable to get back to sleep! Or I have been woken up because of a bizarre-o dream and then I have been up for a few hours before being able to go back to sleep. Anyway, on Sunday night my husband sent me to bed at 7:30pm. Don’t get me wrong, I knew I was tired, but I didn’t think there was any way I was going to fall asleep that fast.
Well, what do you know, I was immediately out and I slept 10 hours straight (!) can you believe it?
Then I thought, well… I’ll go to Starbucks and get me a pumpkin spice latte to turn this whole day around. Nope, Starbucks was closed for construction. Don’t get me wrong – they served up black coffee. But, that was totally not what I had in mind. Off to work I went in a very strange mood – trying to predict if it would be a good day or a bad day. (For the record, it ended up not sucking.)
I used to work at a daycare center back in high school – it was the perfect job for a teenager. The hours were short – no weekends, no nights. I worked with Jessica and found out pretty quickly that she has a sweet tooth! This is a recipe she made almost a year ago that I have been dreaming of recently.
My in-laws took Mike and I to Stillwater with them a few weeks ago – we went wine tasting and picked up apples along the way! Honey crisp apples are the.best. don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I am a complete and total apple snob. My husband always thought I was a little crazy about it, until he tried this batch! He asked me repeatedly what they were and when I was buying more. I love when we agree!
So, I had apples and a recipe for apple pie. Oh and high standards – My SIL apparently makes the best stone fruit pie! I’ve never had it, but I don’t doubt that it’s phenominal! Jessica made hers with home made caramel and store bought crust. I did the opposite!
Forgive me on the picture – all were iPhone photos… it was a long day and I just wanted to eat the pie!!
I topped mine with cool whip and extra caramel sauce. If you want a clean slice you should wait about an hour before tryin to serve it – believe me it’s torture, but it’s pretty!!
Side note: I haven’t even remotely started decorating for the holidays and I’m feeling really guilty about it… add that to the list of things I need to get done!
Side side note: I’m already listening to Christmas music in my car. Hellooooo Michael Buble!
Salted Caramel Apple Pie
Yield: 8 slices
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minues
Ingredients in the pie:
6 large apples, peeled and sliced thinly
1 and 1/4 cup caramel sauce - I used Williams-Sonoma salted caramel sauce
Ingredients for the crust:
2 and 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup butter, cold
1/2 cup of buttermilk
1 tablespoon water
Make your crust first!
Peel and slice all of your apples and set them aside.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees
For your Crust:
Combine flour and sugar in a bowl and stir together. Cut your butter into cubes while it's still cold, and add it to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix together until the butter is coated completely. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter further into the dry ingredients - if you don't have a pastry blender, move onto the next step - I promise your crust will still turn out!
Dump all the ingredients in the bowl out onto your clean countertop. Using a rolling pin - roll the butter flat. It will be flaky. Then scrape the whole mixture back into your bowl. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes. Remove from the freezer and add the buttermilk and water. Using your hand mix together in the bowl. Knead the dough until it's well combine. Cut into two parts and place back in the fridge for one hour.
Roll out the bottom half to be about 1/4 inch thick. place in your 9 inch round pie pan. Fill with your apples, and roll out the other half of the dough. You can do it anyway you want - I did a lattice pattern. Slicing the dough thinly and weaving together on top of the apples.
Heat the caramel sauce for about a minute and pour over the top of the pie - slowly so it doesn't overflow in the pan.
Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, and then turn the oven down to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 35 minutes.