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Caramel Pecan Apple Pie

Embrace Autumn Bliss with Caramel Pecan Apple Pie: A Symphony of Flavor and Elegance

As the leaves transform into a tapestry of golden hues, it’s time to welcome the quintessential flavors of fall with open arms. Enter the Caramel Pecan Apple Pie—a divine creation that marries the sweetness of caramel, the crunch of pecans, and the comforting warmth of spiced apples. Join us on a culinary journey as we unravel the layers of this indulgent dessert, inviting you to savor the richness of autumn in every decadent bite.

Ingredients:

For the Pie Crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water

For the Caramel Pecan Apple Filling:

  • 6-7 large apples (a mix of tart and sweet varieties), peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

For the Caramel Drizzle:

  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce (for drizzling over the baked pie)

Instructions:

For the Pie Crust:

  1. Prepare the Dough: In a food processor, pulse together the all-purpose flour, sugar, and salt. Add the chilled butter cubes and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together. Form it into two discs, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Roll Out the Crust: On a floured surface, roll out one disc of dough into a circle large enough to line a 9-inch pie dish. Gently transfer the rolled-out dough to the dish, press it into place, and trim any excess. Roll out the second disc for the top crust and set it aside.

For the Caramel Pecan Apple Filling:

  1. Preheat and Precook Apples: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). In a large skillet, combine the sliced apples, granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and salt. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes until the apples are slightly softened. Remove from heat.
  2. Add Caramel and Pecans: Stir in the caramel sauce and chopped pecans, ensuring the apples are well-coated. The caramel adds a luscious sweetness, while the pecans bring a delightful crunch.

Assembly and Baking:

  1. Fill the Pie Crust: Arrange the caramel-infused apple and pecan mixture in the pre-baked pie crust, creating a generous mound. Pour any remaining caramel sauce over the filling for an extra layer of richness.
  2. Top with Second Crust: Gently place the rolled-out second disc of dough over the apple filling. Trim any excess dough, leaving a slight overhang. Seal the edges and crimp for a decorative finish. Cut slits on the top crust to allow steam to escape during baking.
  3. Bake to Golden Perfection: Bake the pie in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the caramel pecan apple filling is bubbling. Cover the edges with foil if they begin to brown too quickly.

For the Caramel Drizzle:

  1. Warm the Caramel Sauce: In a small saucepan, gently warm the caramel sauce over low heat. This will make it easier to drizzle over the baked pie.
  2. Drizzle Over the Pie: Once the pie is out of the oven and slightly cooled, drizzle the warmed caramel sauce over the top for a decadent finish.

Cook Notes:

  • Use a mix of apple varieties for a well-rounded flavor profile, combining both tart and sweet options.
  • Be generous with the caramel sauce—it not only adds sweetness but also enhances the overall gooey and indulgent texture of the pie.

Variations:

  1. Maple Pecan Twist: Infuse a rich, maple flavor by substituting half of the caramel sauce with pure maple syrup in both the filling and drizzle.
  2. Bourbon Bliss: Elevate the pie with a hint of bourbon in the caramel sauce for a sophisticated and nuanced flavor.
  3. Cranberry Crunch: Add a festive touch by incorporating a cup of fresh or dried cranberries to the apple filling, creating a delightful burst of tartness.

Keto Versions:

  • Replace all-purpose flour in the crust with almond flour for a keto-friendly base.
  • Substitute granulated sugar with a keto-approved sweetener in both the crust and filling.
  • Opt for a keto-friendly caramel sauce made with sugar substitutes.

Low-Carb Version:

  • Opt for a low-carb baking mix or almond flour in the crust.
  • Use a low-carb sweetener in place of granulated sugar in both the crust and filling.

As you cut into the Caramel Pecan Apple Pie, anticipate a symphony of textures and flavors—the crispness of the crust, the gooey richness of caramel, the crunch of pecans, and the warmth of spiced apples. This recipe is more than a dessert; it’s an invitation to savor the essence of autumn. Whether shared with loved ones during festive gatherings or savored as a personal indulgence, the Caramel Pecan Apple Pie is a celebration of the season’s bounty. So, gather your ingredients, embrace the spirit of fall, and let this decadent pie become a centerpiece on your dessert table—a delightful creation that captures the very essence of autumnal indulgence.

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