There is nothing that says fall like a sweet, firm juicy caramel apple. It is a taste that can bring back childhood memories and it just plain tastes great. However, they are messy. There is simply no delicate, clean way to truly enjoy a traditional caramel apple. So, for the more mature crowd, this is the next best thing. It is easy. It tastes great and you can use a fork. If you are adventurous you can even serve it with ice cream.
This is Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie. For those real bakers, make your favorite pastry pie crust. For those who seem to create tough and ugly crusts, your local market has some pre made choices that are excellent. It needs to be a deep dish crust option.
¼ cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
11/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of salt
5 ½ cups of peeled and thinly sliced apples (Don’t be afraid to experiment with different kinds of apples, Granny Smith are a personal favorite.)
½ cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup quick oats
½ cup flour
½ cup chopped pecans
cup butterscotch caramel ice cream topping (not hard shell)
Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the pastry in the deep dish pie pan and make the edges pretty.
Get a large mixing bowl and combine the flour, cinnamon,sugar and dash of salt. Toss the apples into the sugar mixture, mix it up a little and put in the in pie crust.
The crumb topping is easy to incorporate if you use a pastry blender. Once it is all mixed up pour it over the apple mixture. Bake the pie for 25 minutes. Remove it from the oven and cover it with stick free foil and bake another twenty minutes or until the apples are tender (not mushy).
Take the pie out of the oven. Spatter on the chopped pecans and drizzle with the butterscotch caramel topping.
It is not exactly a caramel apple, but it may be the next best thing.