I have yet to find one person say they don’t like apple pie, the quintessential American dessert. If you want to know what American food is all about, I suggest you start by trying a really good piece of homemade apple pie. You will then know what heaven tastes like and I’m not kidding when I say that. A great apple pie has to have a rich, buttery pie crust, a nice, sweet caramel sauce, a great selection of apples and the right amount of apples and pie crust.
Like I said in my previous post, I think I had to make close to or a little bit over 30 apple pies to find the recipe that would be part of my recipe book. And I tried them all. Most of them were good and many of them were not amazing, which is what I was looking for in the recipe. I have tried making it with all kinds of different apples, adding all the dry ingredients to the apples before putting them in the pie plate, and even using melted caramel sauce and believe me, every single apple pie I tried was pretty good but again, not amazing. Until I found the one that spoke to me and of course to my husband, who’s the person who can devour one whole pie in one day all by himself. The reason why this recipe has that amazing factor is the fact that you create a simple caramel sauce with sugar and butter and then pour it on the apples. It’s simple, easy and out of this world fantastic.
I love using Gala apples for my pies because they are not too sweet and not too tart. Most people love using Granny Smith apples which I personally think are too tart and others love using Fiji apples, which I find to be too bland, so that’s why I always stick with Gala which are sweet and mild in flavor. As for the amount of apples to use, you can use as many as you want. I choose to use between 4-5 medium size apples because I also love the flavor of my pie crust and I don’t want one flavor to overpower the other. But as with any recipe, make it your own, make your own changes, if any, in the end you won’t be disappointed.
- ½ cup (113 g) unsalted butter
- ½ cup (112.5 g) white granulated sugar
- ½ cup (100 g) packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup (59 ml) water
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1½ tbsp cornstarch
- 2 pie crusts for a 9-inch (22.86 cm) pie pan **See Notes
- 4–5 apples (Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Green)
- 1tbsp lemon juice
- 1 egg, beaten (Optional)
- 1 tsp sugar (Optional) I use turbinado or white granulated sugar
- Pre-heat oven to 425ºF (220ºC).
- In a small saucepan melt the butter at medium low temperature. Then add the white sugar, brown sugar, water, cinnamon and cornstarch. Stir well. Reduce heat to low and and let it simmer for a couple of minutes.
- Peel and cut the apples into slices. Place the apples in a large bowl and cover with lemon juice so they don’t turn brown.
- Place one pie crust over a greased pie pan and add the apples. Drizzle the hot caramel sauce over the apples. Place the second pie crust on top, seal the edges and cut a few slits on top to let the steam out during baking. Optional: Brush slightly with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake the apple pie in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes. Then lower the temperature to 350ºF (180ºC) and bake for another 40 minutes.
- Let the pie rest for at least an hour before serving so the caramel thickens. You can serve it with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream.
You can find the pie crusts in the refrigerator section at most grocery stores. They save you a lot of time and are just as good as homemade pie crusts.
If you prefer to make the pie crusts from scratch, you can use this super easy-to-follow recipe: Pie Crust.