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Brown Butter Caramel Apple Pie

A slice of this Brown Butter Caramel Apple Pie is pure bliss! The delicious caramel apple pie filling made with brown butter is rich, sweet, and fruity and is covered in crisp, buttery homemade pastry.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Crust

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 280 grams cold butter cubed
  • 3 - 6 tbsp water cold

Filling

  • 5 - 7 pink or green apples sliced
  • ½ cup butter cubed
  • 1 cup demerara sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water cold

Instructions
 

Crust

  • In a mixing bowl, whissk together the flour, sugar, and salt.
  • Add the cold butter and rub together.
  • Add the cold water one tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together and forms a smooth ball.
  • Divide the dough in half and roll out each half is until 4 - 6 mm thick.
  • With the one half, cover the bottom and sides of a pie dish.
  • With the remaining dough, cut into 1 cm strips.
  • Blind bake the pie at 180ºC/375F for 15 minutes.

Filling

  • In a saucepan over a medium heat, add the butter and allow to turn golden brown.
  • Add the brown sugar, cream, and vanilla extract to the browned butter.
  • While that melts together, mix together the cornstarch and cold water.
  • Add the cornstarch mixture to the brown butter mixture and simmer for 5 minutes.

Assembly

  • Once the pie crust has baked, fill with the sliced apples.
  • Pour over the brown butter sauce.
  • Arrange the strips of pie crust in a woven lattice pattern over the top.
  • Sprinkle sugar over the top and bake at 180ºC/375F for 40 - 45 minutes.

Notes

  • Throughout the pastry-making process, you want the pie dough to stay as cold as possible as this ensures a crisp, flaky crust.
  • When adding the caramel apple filling to the pie crust, avoid adding too much as this could spill over during baking
  • It is best to let the pie cool fully before slicing.
  • This pie can be kept at room temperature for 1 - 2 days. For longer storage, cover and refrigerate the pie. If refrigerated, the caramel apple pie will keep for 5 - 7 days.