CRUNCHY CARAMEL APPLE PIE – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

CRUNCHY CARAMEL APPLE PIE - Butter with a Side of Bread


Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie made with a pre-made pie crust, filled with sliced apples and topped with a crunchy sweet streusel, pecans and caramel! Easy apple pie recipe topped with a buttery brown sugar and oat topping instead of a traditional pie crust.

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie made with a pre-made pie crust, filled with sliced apples and topped with a crunchy sweet streusel, pecans and caramel! Easy apple pie recipe topped with a buttery brown sugar and oat topping instead of a traditional pie crust. 

Apple Pie is just one of those desserts that never gets old. Especially in the fall. And this Caramel Apple Pie is one of my all-time favorite versions of this classic dessert.

The bottom crust of the pie is a traditional pie crust but instead of a regular pie crust on top, there is a crunchy topping made with butter, brown sugar, oats and pecans. I absolutely love the flavor and the crunch just adds so much texture and dimension to the apple pie. Drizzle some caramel on top and this pie is absolute perfection. And it’s so easy to make too!

Apple pie with caramel and crunchy oat topping

What apples are best in apple pie?

Granny Smith apples are the best apples for apple pies. They are tart and crisp and tend to have less moisture than many other apples which is important because you don’t want a soggy pie!

Ingredients in crunchy apple pie recipe

Ingredients in Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie

Filling:

1/2 cup sugar

3 Tbsp. flour

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

6-8 cups apples, thinly sliced and peeled (Granny Smiths are the best for pies!)

1 unbaked pie crust

Butter, oat and brown sugar topping for apple pie

Topping:

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup quick oats

1/2 cup butter, cold

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping

Apple filling in apple pie recipe

How to make a Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie

Preheat the oven to 375°. Place the unbaked pie crust in a pie plate and lightly press the crust on the bottom and up the sides of the dish.

To make the filling: In a large mixing bowl, mix the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir in the apple slices and toss until they are evenly coated. Place the apple mixture into prepared pastry lined pie plate.

For the topping: Combine the brown sugar, flour and rolled oats in a mixing bowl. Use a knife and fork or a pastry blender to cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the apple filling. Bake for about 60 minutes or until the top is a golden brown. Remove from the oven, sprinkle the pecans on top and drizzle with caramel topping. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for best results!

Crunchy caramel apple pie recipe

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie made with a pre-made pie crust, filled with sliced apples and topped with a crunchy sweet streusel, pecans and caramel! Easy apple pie recipe topped with a buttery brown sugar and oat topping instead of a traditional pie crust. 

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 6-8 cups apples thinly sliced and peeled (Granny Smiths are the best for pies!)
  • 1 unbaked pie crust

Topping:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup butter cold
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Place the unbaked pie crust in a pie plate and lightly press the crust on the bottom and up the sides of the dish.

  • To make the filling: In a large mixing bowl, mix the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir in the apple slices and toss until they are evenly coated. Place the apple mixture into prepared pastry lined pie plate.

  • For the topping: Combine the brown sugar, flour and rolled oats in a mixing bowl. Use a knife and fork or a pastry blender to cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the apple filling. Bake for about 60 minutes or until the top is a golden brown. Remove from the oven, sprinkle the pecans on top and drizzle with caramel topping. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for best results!

Slice of apple pie with caramel, pecan and oat topping

My pie is soggy? How to avoid a soggy apple pie!

Apple Pie isn’t too difficult to make, but one of the most common issues with apple pie is sogginess. Just knowing a few little tricks will help you to avoid this problem.

-Make sure to use a low moisture variety of apple. Granny Smith apples are the best apples to use in pies.

-You can sprinkle a little bit of flour over the crust before you add the filling and that will help to keep the crust from getting soggy because the flour will help to absorb any extra moisture from the apples.

-Use a cold crust. Once you place the crust in the pie plate, keep it in the refrigerator until just before adding the filling and then place immediately in the oven.

Slice of apple pie with crunchy oat topping

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie made with a pre-made pie crust, filled with sliced apples and topped with a crunchy sweet streusel, pecans and caramel! Easy apple pie recipe topped with a buttery brown sugar and oat topping instead of a traditional pie crust. 

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie made with a pre-made pie crust, filled with sliced apples and topped with a crunchy sweet streusel, pecans and caramel!

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