If you read my blog regularly, you probably know I’m most thankful for my parents this Thanksgiving. The world often feels like a lonely, complicated, not very fun place to me, and Mom and Dad are the constants in my world that make it livable and tolerable. Sure, I have plenty of things to be thankful for. My aunt and her upcoming trip to visit us (July can’t come soon enough!), the health of my loved ones and myself, the more than comfortable life I lead, amazing blog readers like all of you, but none of that would matter without Mom and Dad.
They are there to make me feel better when things are bad, they pick me up when I’m down. We are a machine that cannot function without each of the parts. I can’t imagine a day without them.
The support they give me constantly goes above and beyond what is expected of parents. They allow me to chase my dreams and support me in doing so. Mom is not only the best friend I could ask for, she’s also a killer sous chef, editor, idea maker, and shopping companion. Dad has mad taste testing skills, along with tireless errand running and problem solving abilities.
I am one hundred percent sincere when I say they mean the world to me and I have no idea where I’d be without them. This thanksgiving and everyday of the year, I’m thankful for them.
I’m also pretty thankful for this Salted Caramel Apple Pie. If you didn’t decide on Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars as your Thanksgiving dessert, you have to make this. It takes apple pie to another, much tastier, level. Tons of thinly sliced apples are layered with salted caramel sauce. I stuck with my favorite flaky, crispy pie crust recipe, but it’s even better because caramel is spread over the top of the pie before baking. The first time I made this I was afraid it would burn, but it didn’t. Instead, it forms a crackly coating that I love and know you will too. You’ll add this pie to the list of things you’re thankful for after one bite!
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2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, cold, cubed
½ cup pure vegetable shortening
4-7 tablespoons cold water
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup water
1 stick unsalted butter
½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon Maldon Sea Salt
7-8 medium apples (I used Honeycrisp and Gala, but use what you love)
3 lemons, juiced
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 tablespoons bourbon
Granulated sugar for sprinkling
Make the crust. In the bowl of a food processor, place flour, sugar, and salt, and pulse until well combined. Add butter and shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add water, starting with 4 tablespoons, and pulse. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough comes together when pressed. Pour dough onto plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. Chill for at least 2 hours. Dough may be made 2 days ahead of time.
Make the caramel. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water and cook over medium heat until dissolved, swirling if necessary. Add the butter and bring to a boil, cooking without stirring until the mixture is a deep amber color. Remove the caramel from the heat and add the cream. Be careful as the mixture will bubble. Stir until the caramel is smooth, add the sea salt, and pour into a bowl to cool. Caramel may be made 2 days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.
Make the pie. Divide the dough into two equal pieces. Roll 1 piece on a lightly floured surface until it is large enough to fit into your pie pan. Place it in the pie pan. Roll the other piece until it is large enough to cover the finished pie. Chill the crusts while you make the filling.
When ready to make the filling and assemble the pie, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, place the lemon juice. Peel, core, and slice the apples as thinly as possible and place immediately into the lemon juice, stirring to coat frequently. Add sugar, flour, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and bourbon in the bowl. Stir until the apples are evenly coated.
Retrieve the pie crust from the refrigerator. Place 1/3 of the apples in the crust in the pie pan. Pour about ¼ of the caramel over the apples. Repeat with more apples, more caramel, the remainder of the apples, and some caramel. Place the top crust over the filling and seal the edges well, creating a decorative boarder if you like. Pour the remaining ¼ of the caramel on top of the crust, spreading into an even layer. Sprinkle with sugar. Cut slits in the top of the pie.
Place pie on a baking sheet in case it bubbles over and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 and bake for an additional 30-40 minutes, until the apples are soft (you can check with a knife) and the filling is bubbling. Cool pie completely at room temperature. Pie may be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Pie may also be frozen in quarters, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in a 350 degree F oven for about 30 minutes until warmed through.
Pie recipe adapted from Four and Twenty Blackbirds Crust recipe adapted from Bobby Flay
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