I made this extraordinary pie at Thanksgiving last year, and it was the obvious winner over every other pie made by my friends and family. **This statement may or may not be verified by aforementioned friends and family who, granted, also made some yummy pies. (I come from a competitive family. You've been forewarned if you ever dare play a game of flag football with us).
|The Amazing Pies of 2010. Oh Look! There's|
the Best Caramel Apple Deep Dish Pie Ever!
I found an online recipe called "Caramel Apple Pie II" (Boh-ring. I improved upon the pie name just a little. I love naming things. When I was little I wanted my job to be Crayola Crayon Namer--who doesn't want to color with Supersilly Purpleness?)
It's a pretty easy recipe, a little time consuming. It took me about 30 min to prepare the pie, then another 45 minutes to bake. Here are the steps I followed. I included the real recipe below.
1. Buy/Make 2 Deep Dish Pie Crusts: I thought I'd save time so I bought a pretty crappy frozen pie crust. I'm still trying to figure out how the grocery stores work around here. Sometimes I feel like I moved to Turkey. Turns out I should have just made the pie crust from scratch (more on this later).
|The very perfect frozen pie crust|
2. Slice Some Apples. I like to use a variety of apples, for the burst of color and the mix of flavors. Granny Smith are a favorite, and I also found some wonderful organic Honeycrisp apples at the Lincoln Square Farmer's Market. How you slice the apples is key: I used an apple corer (what an awesome invention) and a mandolin to slice the apples very thinly.
|Gorgeously cored and mandolin-sliced apples|
|Makes a great pie filling, or snack...|
|Layer #1: yummy Apple filling|
|An extremely generous layer of caramels|
|Delicious Caramel Apple Mountain|
|Not my finest hour, but I made it work.|
|Miraculously, this silly homemade crust fit. I then designed a |
little flower on top and egg washed the crust.
|Et voila! The Spiced Caramel Apple Deep Dish Pie|
I guess I'll just have to make another one next year.