Sunday, October 16, 2011

Caramel Pecan Apple Pie

Apple pie is always warm and inviting. It's basic and perfect all at the same time. Now add a little caramel and pecans and you have an extraordinary pie. From its flaky crust to its warm, sweet center, it brings homey, sentimental feelings. A pie can be the perfect showing of love, whether you give it to welcome a neighbor or to celebrate a birthday! This apple pie was an instant hit in my kitchen. I was apprehensive about the caramel as many desserts with caramel are too sweet for me. The blend of warm cinnamon, toasty pecans, tart apples and sticky caramel was perfect. 

Enjoy making this pie; pour your love into it! Serve it to loved one's with a small touch and a smile. Something about it is therapeutic and giving. I hope you savor it like we do in our house! 

Caramel Pecan Apple Pie
Source: recipe from a family friend, Barb Norman
Prep: 25 minutes   Bake 55-65 minutes   Oven: 350 degrees F

7     cups peeled and sliced tart apples
1     teaspoon lemon juice
1     teaspoon vanilla
3/4  cup chopped pecans
1/3  cup brown sugar
3     tablespoons sugar
4     teaspoons cinnamon
1     tablespoon cornstarch
1/4  cup caramel ice cream topping
1     unbaked, 9-inch pie shell (your favorite recipe or use mine here)
3     tablespoons butter, melted
Crumb Topping:
3/4  cup flour
2/3  cup chopped pecans
1/4  cup sugar
6     tablespoons cold butter
1/4  cup caramel ice cream topping

In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice and vanilla. Combine pecans, sugars cinnamon and cornstarch. Add to apples - toss to coat.

Pour 1/4 cup caramel topping over the bottom of the pie crust.  Top with apple mixture. Drizzle with butter.

In a small bowl combine flour, pecans and sugar. Cut in butter to create coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over pie filling. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-65 minutes or until filling is bubbly. Remove from oven and immediately drizzle with the remaining 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping. Cool on wire rack.

Harmony's Thoughts
I don't change anything about this is fabulous!
Feel free to make changes as your creativity allows...and post a comment with them so we all benefit from it!

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