Are you ready for this Christmas apple pie recipe? Hmmmm…. my mouth waters just thinking about the caramel sauce and ice cream topped on this delicious apple pie. This is going to be perfect for our Christmas dessert!
The first time I tasted apple pie was at McDonald’s. At that time, I was a young girl and did not know that an authentic apple pie is supposed to be round in shape. So when my mom baked an apple pie, I was astonished! When I grew up, I decided to make an apple pie for Thanksgiving. My first attempt wasn’t successful at all. I think I overmixed the dough so it was too mushy. The taste was good though.
The Best Holiday Apple Pie Recipe
I assure you, this caramel apple pie recipe is worth the time it takes to prepare. I bought 3 more pie pans so I can make more. Good thing I have this round parchment paper so I can just reuse the pie pan without washing it. I’m planning to bake some caramel apple pies for my mother-in-law and sister. A friend of mine offered to buy my homemade apple pie because she tasted it and loved it. I think I should start a pastry business, don’t you think? Yeah, maybe next year. I might take in some orders for apple pies or cakes. That’s something to look forward to!
Anyway, just to give you a back story on the round parchment paper, we thought of it by accident. I visited a friend of mine who bakes cakes for a business. At that time, she was just starting to bake a chocolate cake. She was busy cutting parchment paper into circles. She had already measured them and drew circles.
I asked her, “Do you need that many round parchment paper sheets? How many cakes are you planning to bake?”
She mentioned that she will just bake 2 for today but decided to get the round parchment paper sheets ready for her next baking session.
I thought to myself, “What a waste of paper!” So, I suggested to my husband that we should start researching into round parchment paper liners. And as they say, the rest is history. Of course, my friend was my very first customer and she already bought 2 packages of parchment paper in different sizes!
Let’s Have Some Caramel Apple Pie!
Okay then, here is the recipe for this delicious holiday caramel apple pie! You will never regret the time and effort to make this!
Don’t forget to share this recipe! Enjoy the holidays!
Caramel Apple Pie
For the crust:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for flouring surface
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 6 tbsp ice water plus more as needed
For the filling
- 3.5 lbs (7 pcs) assorted apples (Granny Smith, Gala, Honeycrisp) peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup caramel plus more for serving
- 1 beaten egg mixed with 1 tbsp water for egg wash
- coarse sugar
- ice cream
To make the crust:
- Freeze the flour and butter for 30 minutes.
- In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, and salt. Add butter and use your hands or a pastry cutter to cut butter into the flour mixture. Do this until they are pea-sized and larger pieces begin to form.
- Gradually add 1 tbsp of vinegar and water until the dough comes together and is moistened but not sticky. Mixture should be crumbly.
- Place dough on a lightly floured flat surface. Form into 2 equal-sized balls and flatten into disks. Make sure that there are no cracks.
- Cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.
- While the dough is in the fridge, place your half sheet baking pan in the middle rack of the oven and to 400°F.
To make the filling:
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Combine apples, lemon juice, cornstarch, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes until the apples are tender and the liquid has thickened. Set aside to cool.
To prepare the pie:
- Get one disc of dough and roll it out into a 12-inch circle. Line your pie plate with round parchment paper. Gently press the dough into the lined pie plate with 1-inch dangling over the edges. Tuck the edges and crimp.
- Pour the apple mixture into the pie plate. Pour caramel over it.
- Get the second disc of dough and roll it out into a 12-inch circle. Cut into 10 strips and layer over apples to form a lattice. Fold and crimp the edges.
- Freeze for 15 minutes. Brush the chilled crust with egg wash then sprinkle coarse sugar over it.
- Place the pie on the preheated baking pan and bake for about 50 minutes or until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling.
- If crust starts to burn, loosely cover with foil.
- Cool for 2 hours on a cooling rack before serving.
- Top with ice cream and more caramel sauce as desired.