Day 19 of 25 Days of Christmas: Standout Holiday Pies: Caramel Apple Crumble

Now I‘m sure I’m not the only one who’s given the classic “Apple Crumble Pie” a caramel-y twist, but I’ve been wanting to make it ever since having a caramel apple cider and thinking it would be great as a pie. For this pie I used a Kroger premade pie crust because I wanted to keep the work load as small as possible for this one — the peeling and cutting of the apples is enough work — believe me. Totally worth it, of course. Read on for the recipe.

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What you’ll need:

  • 4 Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored, and cut up into cubes)

  • 4 tbsp granulated sugar

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 uncooked 9 inch pie shell

For the crumble

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 3/4 cup oats

  • 3/4 cup flour

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 stick of butter (chilled and cubed)

For the caramel sauce

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/8 tsp salt

  • 4 tbsp butter

  • 1/2 cup cream or half and half

What to do:

*Preheat oven to 400°F

  1. Use a fork to poke holes in the pie crust and space them 1/2 an inch apart.

  2. Blind bake the crust at 400°F for 10 minutes.

  3. While crust is baking toss apples with granulated sugar and cinnamon. Then make the crumble.

  4. Once crust is done baking remove from oven and lower heat to 350°F.

  5. Pour apple mixture into crust and top with crumble, leaving about 1 1/2 inch of space around the edges (this is where you’ll pour the caramel sauce).

  6. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. (Make the caramel while the pie bakes.)

  7. Once the pie is done baking transfer it to a cooling rack and let it cool down for 20-30 minutes until it’s cool to the touch.

  8. Pour caramel sauce round the crumble.

  9. Enjoy!

To make the crumble

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and use a fork to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly.

To make the caramel sauce

Mix all ingredients together in a small sauce pan and cook on lower heat for about 7 minutes until it thickens up a bit. (Allow to cool off before pouring onto pie so it doesn’t burn you when you eat it.)

Up next: stay tuned for the last standouT holiday pie Recipe — The Mermaid marshmallow pie from the mOvie “Waitress”!