Friday, March 26, 2010

Caramel Apple Pie

This is my favorite apple pie.  I make it every Thanksgiving.

Caramel Apple Pie:(Adapted from the 2003 1st Place Pie National Pie Cook-Off)


6 cups apples (Jonathan or Granny Smith)
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter
Streusel Topping:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon butter
2 toffee bars crushed


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Peel and slice apples. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl and add apples. Toss to mix. Add vanilla and cream. Melt butter in heavy skillet. Add apple mixture and cook approximately 8 minutes, to soften apples. Turn into pie shell.

Streusel Topping:

Combine the flour and sugar. Mix in butter with fork until coarse crumbs. stir in the crushed toffee bars. Sprinkle over pie.  Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake 45 minutes longer.

I'll be honest.  I use boxed pie crust.  I think it tastes really good and it's really easy.  Feel free to add a top crust to the pie.  I just like how it looks to bring a pie out of the oven busting with fruit.

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