Salted Caramel Apple Pie



This deep-dish pie recipe from Brooklyn's Four & Twenty Blackbirds is packed with apples and a thick salted caramel sauce. Choose both sweet and tart apples to balance the caramel's richness.


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30 Min
1 Hr


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  • 3 Tbsp
    flour plus 1/2 cup of flour for dusting
  • 7
    baking apples, such as golden delicious, granny smith, or honeycrisp (about 3 pounds), peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp
    plus 1 cup granulated sugar or splenda
  • ·
    juice of 2 lemons
  • 8 Tbsp
    unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 c
    heavy cream
  • 1/2 c
    demerara sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
    angostura bitters
  • 1/4 tsp
    freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    flake sea salt
  • 1
    egg,lightly beaten with 1 tsp. water

  • 2 1/4 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    sugar or splenda
  • 1 tsp
  • 12 Tbsp
    unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • 6 Tbsp
    ice-cold water

How to Make Salted Caramel Apple Pie


  1. FLAKY BUTTERY PIE DOUGH: Whisk flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Using a dough blender, two forks, or your fingers, cut butter into flour mixture, forming pea-size crumbles.
  2. Add water. Work dough until smooth but with visible flecks of butter. (Alternatively, pulse ingredients in a food processor.) Divide dough in half and flatten into disks. Wrap disks in plastic wrap; chill 1 hour before using.
  3. Salted Caramel Apple Pie: On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 disk of dough into a 12″ round. Fit into a 9″ deep-dish pie plate. Trim edges with a knife, leaving 1″ dough overhanging edge of plate; chill 30 minutes. On a lightly floured piece of parchment paper, roll remaining disk of dough into a 12″ round.
  4. Trim, discarding edges, into a 9″ square. Slice into six 1½″-thick strips. Chill 30 minutes. Toss apples with 2 tbsp. granulated sugar and lemon juice; cover with plastic wrap and set aside 1 hour. Whisk 1 cup sugar and ¼ cup water in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Cook, without stirring, until the sugar dissolves, 2–3 minutes. Add butter. Bring to a boil.
  5. Continue cooking until the mixture turns a deep red-brown, about 25 minutes or until a candy thermometer inserted in sauce reads 325°. Remove from heat. Carefully add cream, stirring until sauce is smooth. Heat oven to 375°. Stir ⅓ cup Demerara sugar with 2 tbsp. flour, plus bitters, nutmeg, allspice,
    cinnamon, kosher salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
  6. Drain apples, discarding juices, and add to bowl. Toss to coat in spice mixture. Sprinkle remaining flour and sugar over crust. Tightly arrange apples over dough, mounding them slightly higher in the center. Pour caramel sauce evenly over apples. Sprinkle with half the sea salt. Lay three strips of dough vertically across the top of pie, about 1½″ apart.
  7. Fold first and third strips in half upward. Lay one horizontal strip at pie's center. Unfold first and third vertical strips over it. Fold second vertical strip upward. Lay another horizontal strip below the first. Unfold second vertical strip over the bottom horizontal strip, then fold it again downward.
  8. Lay a third horizontal strip just above the pie's center and unfold second vertical strip. Pinch bottom crust and lattice edges together. Roll toward center of pie to hide lattice edges. Crimp edges. Brush egg over crust, then sprinkle lattice with remaining Demerara sugar and sea salt. Bake until crust is golden and filling is bubbly, about 1 hour. Let cool completely before serving.

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About Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Course/Dish: Pies, Fruit Desserts, Spreads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: For Kids, Heirloom

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