Homemade Caramel Apple Pie is a classic apple pie recipe with a pecan caramel twist! Sweet, fresh apples are tossed with a lovely spice blend, then topped with a Dutch crumble topping. Don’t forget the caramel drizzle!
This caramel apple pecan pie is the perfect fall dessert to share with your family. Packed with fresh apples, spices, and a wonderfully old-fashioned vinegar pie crust, and topped off with a drizzle of caramel sauce, you’re in for a real treat! Everything you could ever want is served up in a gorgeous slice. Just don’t forget the vanilla ice cream because that’s the only thing missing.
Caramel apple pecan pie
It’s an old-fashioned and simple apple pie with pecan topping. The sweet and earthy nuts on top of every slice just help to add that special “something extra” as well as a nice contrast in every bite. Adding the caramel sauce on top is a wonderful touch to help round out the flavors and sweetness but don’t be afraid to try a salted caramel sauce because that works well here too!
Caramel Apple Pecan Pie Ingredients
For the pie crust, you will need:
-Flour: You will need 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour for the base of the dough recipe.
-Butter: Adding in 1 cup (2 sticks) of cold cubed butter will add richness and help to get a flakier crust. Make sure to use COLD butter.
-Water: You will need roughly 7 tablespoons of ICE COLD water (the actual amount may vary) but colder water is better.
-Vinegar: Adding in 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar will make your crust flakier and flavorful by helping to tenderize the glutens in the dough.
For the pie filling, you will need:
-Apples: You will need about 6 medium-sized apples, peeled and thinly sliced so that there’s enough for this pie.
-Sugar: Use ¾ cups of granulated sugar in the pie filling to keep it nice and sweet.
-Flour: Adding 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour into the apple mixture will help to thicken it as it cooks.
-Spices: You will need ¾ teaspoon of ground cinnamon and ⅛ teaspoon of ground nutmeg.
-Salt: Add in ¼ teaspoons of salt to help draw out the flavors in this pie filling and make it taste even better.
For the topping, you will need:
-Butter: You will need to use ½ cups of softened butter for the topping to help bind it all together.
-Flour: Use 1 cup of all-purpose flour to help give the topping that crumbly texture.
-Sugars: You will use ¾ cups of packed brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar so that your topping is sweet and has a nice depth of flavor.
-Pecans: Use ½ cup of chopped pecans for added crunch. Chop them yourself or buy them that way from the grocery store.
-Caramel: To top your pie, use about 1 cup of caramel sauce.
How to Make Caramel Apple Pecan Pie
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
In a bowl with a fork or in a food processor combine the crust’s flour, salt, and butter until the texture of coarse crumbs.
Pour in half of the ice-cold water and the vinegar into the flour mixture. Mix together.
Pour in the remaining water and vinegar and knead until the dough just comes together.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and pat it into a round disc shape.
Wrap it well in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to chill.
Peel and slice your apples and place them into a large bowl.
In another bowl mix together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Pour the spiced flour mix over the top of the apple slices and mix thoroughly to combine.
Roll out your pie crust and place it into a pie pan.
Pour the apple slices into the prepared crust.
Make your crumble topping by mixing together all of the ingredients except for the caramel sauce in a bowl with your fingers until the size of coarse crumbs.
Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the pie.
Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes until the pie is bubbly.
Cool slightly and then drizzle with the caramel sauce.
Sprinkle some coarse salt over the top if desired. Slice, serve & enjoy!
Caramel Pecan Apple Pie
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup butter cubed and chilled
- About 7 tablespoons ice cold water
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
- 6 medium apples – peeled and thinly sliced
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ cup butter softened
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup caramel sauce
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Combine flour, salt, and butter in a food processor or mash with a fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Pour half the ice water and vinegar mixture into the flour and butter mixture. Mix together.
- Pour in remaining ice water and vinegar mixture and knead until it just comes together.
- Turn dough out onto a floured surface, pat into round shape. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Peel and slice apples and place in a large bowl. Mix together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Place that on top of the apples and mix thoroughly.
- Roll out the pie crust and place into a pie pan. Pour the apples into the crust.
- Make your crumble topping by using your fingers or fork mix all the topping ingredients except the caramel together until it forms coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the crumble topping all over the top of the pie.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes until bubbly. Cool slightly and drizzle with the caramel sauce. Sprinkle with coarse salt if desired.
Why is my pie crust tough?
If you find that your crust is tough it could be caused by one of two things- either you overworked the dough or you used too much water. Making crust is a delicate process. Too much water will throw off the wet to dry ratios so add in slowly as you combine the mix. You should also be gentle when mixing the dough together as it is not a bread dough that requires excessive kneading and will be less forgiving.
What is the best apple for apple pie?
You want to make sure that you choose a good baking apple variety. These are harder apples that hold up well to baking without becoming too grainy. Some examples would be Granny Smiths, Honeycrisps, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, and Braeburns but there are other apple varieties good for baking not included on this list. Use one type or a variety for a more flavorful pie.
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- CRUNCHY CARAMEL APPLE PIE
- HOW TO MAKE APPLE PIE FILLING
- HOT APPLE PIE SIPPER
- APPLE PIE QUICK BREAD
- MINI APPLE PIES
- APPLE PIE BARS
- SNICKERDOODLE APPLE PIE COOKIE CUPS
- APPLE PIE FRIES
- APPLE PIE MILKSHAKES
- APPLE HAND PIES
With this crunchy apple pecan pie recipe on hand, you’ll always have a tasty dessert to bring to the table. Share with your friends and family this Fall season with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream.