Winston Churchill

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Recipe to try - Salted Caramel Apple Pie

While I was looking online for some recipes to try for Thanksgiving, I came across this one.  I printed it out planning to try it for Thanksgiving dinner but ran out of time - happens to me all the time.  I always think I'll have more time to bake than I do - when it comes to baking I can be completely unrealistic. 

I still plan on trying this but it'll have to wait for now so I thought I'd post it here.  Unfortunately, the printout didn't list the website I found it from so I can't give credit to the creator of such a fabulous idea -a caramel apple pie!  I'm thinking I'll have to make this pie in the next few weeks - a mid January treat to brighten these long cold winter days. 
Picture found here.

Salted Caramel Apple Pie
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut in pieces
1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water


6 -7 cups tart apples, peeled and sliced (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 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons heavy cream

4 tablespoons butter


For the crust: Place the flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor, and process for a few seconds to combine. Add the butter, and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal, about 10 seconds. With the machine running, add the ice water in a slow, steady stream, through the feed tube, just until the dough holds together. Do not process for more than 30 seconds. (You can also do this by hand or with a pastry cutter!)

Turn the dough out onto a work surface. Divide in two. Place each half on a sheet of plastic wrap. Flatten, and form two discs. Wrap, and refrigerate at least 1 hour before using.

When chilled- roll out one disc and place inside a pie dish with a small over-hang around the edges. Let chill in fridge until filling is ready.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

For filling: Sprinkle apples 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 8-10 minutes, until apples are soft and the liquid has turned golden. Turn into pie shell.

Cover with a lattice top or just drape the whole second crust over the filling and crimp the edges. If you don't have enough over-hang to turn it over to seal the pie, use my trick: roll out a thin 1/2 inch wide strip of extra dough and place it around the edge. Use a fork or your finger to decorate the edge.
Brush the top of the crust with heavy cream and bake for 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350 and bake for another 45 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly.

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