Caramel Apple Pie, or Love Potion No.9

5 Oct

There are two good reasons to make this pie:
1. you have an abundance of apples
2. you are trying to make someone fall in love with you*

This pie is delicious, and you should make it.  You should also take care to really seal up the edges of the crust and maybe put a cookie sheet on the bottom rack, because if you don’t – you may end up with a gooey, caramel mess on the bottom of your oven.  If you take those simple precautions, you will be on the fast-track to winning hearts in no time.

Caramel Apple Pie, or Love Potion No.9
Serves: 12

Apple Mixture
3 lb. apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 t. Kosher salt
1/3 c. all-purpose flour
2 T. white sugar

Caramel Sauce
3 T. water
1 T. whiskey
3/4 t. vanilla extract
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. water
4 T. non-dairy butter, cut into ½” pieces

Pie Stuff
2 prepared pie crusts (non-dairy)
1 T. sugar

Preheat oven to 400° F. Remove prepared pie crusts from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature. In a large bowl, stir together all the ingredients for the apple mixture – apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, salt, flour and sugar. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the first three ingredients for the caramel sauce – water, whiskey, and vanilla. Set aside.

In a heavy saucepan, whisk together the sugar, brown sugar, and 1/3 cup water. Set over medium-high heat and cook for about five minutes. Remove from pan and whisk in half the butter, then second half of the butter. Whisk in the whiskey mixture 1 T. at a time. When everything is well mixed and smooth, pour over apple mixture and stir to combine.

Transfer 1 dough round to a deep pie pan. Unfold and ease into pan, patting it into the pan. Pour apple mixture into the pie shell, mounding it in the center. Unfold the second dough round and place over the top. Press the sides together to make a tight seal around the outside edges, and then cut 6-8 slits on the top of the pie. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.

Bake until the crust is golden, for about an hour. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 1-1/2 hours before serving.

Estimated Calories: 312 cal/serving

Print it: Caramel Apple Pie

Notes:
– You can use any prepared pie crust you like, when I choose one I just make sure it is non-dairy.  I often find that the store brands are non-dairy.
– You can totally use dairy ingredients in place of the non-dairy counterparts used here
– One good trick to keeping the calories lower on a dessert is to cut smaller slices (duh).  To estimate the calories in this pie, I divided it into 12 slices instead of 8.   It is still a good-sized dessert, and is just over 300 calories per serving.  When cutting it into 8 slices, the calories per serving jumps up to almost 470.

*Falling in love claim portion of this dessert is totally not tested. 

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3 Responses to “Caramel Apple Pie, or Love Potion No.9”

  1. SevdaK October 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    * not TOTALLY tested, but almost?

    This looks delicious. I’ve been wanting to make an Apple Pie. I’ll make yours! One question re: whisky. Ingredients say “1T whiskey” but then the directions say “pour in whiskey 1T at a time” – should the excess T’s go into a glass to drink?

  2. calamityjennie October 5, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    *okay fine, not tested at all.

    Whenever baking or cooking, you may want to consider pouring a little extra in a glass to drink. In this case though, I meant that the whiskey mixture (which was done one step earlier and included the whiskey, water, and vanilla) should go in one T. at a time. Sorry for the confusion!

    And, let me know what you think of the pie.

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