Is there anything better than the combination of creamy caramel and tart apples? This Salted Caramel Apple Pie combines sweet creamy caramel, tart apples, flaky pie crust and a toffee-like streusel topping.
Grant’s Grandmother Martin was the queen of caramel making! She always packed a bag of caramels for us to take home after she had stuffed us with her Thanksgiving feast. They were creamy and sweet and had the perfect texture. Grandma wrapped those caramels up in individual little pieces of wax paper and folded them over to create their own little caramel package. O, how I loved those caramels!
It’s been 34 years since she first shared her caramels with me, and I have still never mastered the art of caramel making. When I started testing this pie, I wanted to make a no-fail, fairly simple Salted Caramel Apple pie. I wanted it to be delicious and creamy and have substantial chunks of apple and a sweet and salty caramel flavor with a slightly crispy streusel topping, drizzled with more caramel. Doesn’t that sound dreamy?? It all worked out…except the caramel layer. I’m still striving to make the most delicious caramel. Let’s be honest, I would settle for ANY successful caramel making experience. But it just hasn’t happened for me. After a few attempts, I turned to my old fall back, Peter’s Caramel. It’s my go-to caramel for cooking. Slice, heat and use.
Someday, I’ll master the art of caramel making, but for now, this recipe WOWED everyone who ate a slice, or two. My cheater version of Salted Caramel Apple Pie with Streusel Topping is fit for any holiday table, I’ve already received requests for Thanksgiving day! We loved it and I know you will too.
- 6-8 large Granny Smith Apples or a combination of Granny Smith and other tart apples
- ¾ cup sugar
- dash of salt
- 3-4 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1⅓ cup Peters Caramel, divided (1/4 cup saved for topping the streusel)
- sea salt
- for topping:
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup old fashioned oats
- 6 tablespoons butter
- Pie dough:
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup solid shortening, I use half butter flavor and half regular flavor shortening
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup + a tablespoon or more of additional water
- Make filling: Peel, core and slice apples. Set in large bowl. Mix in ¾ cup sugar, dash of salt, 3-4 tablespoons flour, and lemon juice. Set mixture aside.
- Prepare the streusel topping: Pulse all ingredients together in a food processor, or simply mix all of the dry streusel ingredients together in a bowl and cut in the butter and set aside.
- Make pie dough: Place 1 cup of flour into a bowl. Add ½ cup shortening and ½ teaspoon salt. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut shortening into flour and salt until the texture is similar to small peas. This should take a few seconds. Add the cold water all at once and gently fold with a fork until the flour and shortening absorbs the liquid. This should be a folding, and not a stirring motion. Gather the dough together and roll out on a generously floured surface. The dough will be a bit sticky. Sprinkle it with flour and roll out to fit a 9 inch deep dish pie plate.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and place the rack on the second lowest shelf in the oven.
- Assemble the pie:
- Fit the dough inside the plate and trim the edges.
- Melt 1 cup of Peter's Caramel for a few seconds in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup until caramel is soft enough to pour, about 20-30 seconds** see recipe notes.
- Place ½ of the apples in the pie plate. Drizzle the prepared apples with about ½ cup of caramel, sprinkle with about ¼ teaspoon sea salt. Repeat, ending with the caramel layer on top. Sprinkle top layer of caramel with additional ¼ teaspoon sea salt.
- Place the pie pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, uncovered. I usually set a pan under the pie plate, I use a thin cookie sheet or sheet of foil under the pie plate*.
- Remove from oven and top with streusel topping and bake uncovered for an additional 40 minutes. Do not pat down streusel topping, it will settle as it bakes. If the pie gets too browned on top, loosely tent with foil.
- Remove from oven when done.
- Let cool for about 15 minutes and melt remaining ⅓ cup of caramel.
- Drizzle over top of pie and sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Let cool for at least 3 hours, then cut and enjoy.
- Store pie loosely covered on counter top.
-For the dough, I use ½ Butter Flavor Crisco and ½ Regular Flavor Crisco. You may use all of one type if you don't want to buy both flavors! I always buy the sticks for simple measuring and cutting. They can be stored on a pantry shelf.
-If you have a newer model oven with a blue coating inside of the oven, do NOT place any foil on the bottom of the oven to catch drips. The foil will melt onto your oven and will not be removable. Instead, place a layer of foil under your pie plate, or place the pie plate on a thin cookie sheet to bake.
-** the caramel does not need to be melted beforehand. If you cut off about a 2 inch chunk, that should equal close to a cup melted. Cut the chunk in half. Cut each piece into about 5 pieces of caramel and stretch with your hands. The caramel is pliable and can be stretched easily. Place the pieces of stretched caramel over the apples. This eliminates the need to melt and pour the caramel! I still melt the ⅓ cup of caramel to drizzle over the top of the pie (for a pretty thin drizzle effect) after it has been removed from the oven and cooled a bit.