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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!

HOW TO MAKE APPLE PIE FILLING by Gordon Ramsay

HOW TO MAKE APPLE PIE FILLING


Learn how to make apple pie filling with this simple method & recipe! This is a low sugar apple pie filling so that the flavor of the apples really shine. Apple Pie Filling can be used in so many desserts and is a great way to use fresh apples when they’re in season.

How to make apple pie fillingYou’re going to love this apple pie filling recipe. It’s super simple to make and absolutely fantastic for a wide variety of uses. The best part about this stovetop apple pie filling is that it tastes absolutely delicious, and dare I say it might even be the best apple pie filling recipe ever?

What is Apple Pie Filling?

Apple pies are a traditional pie filled with fresh or canned apples, seasoning spices, and sugar. Once baked it tastes like a little bit of heaven, especially when served with afresh scoop of vanilla ice cream! This low sugar apple pie filling recipe is a stovetop method, which gives a thicker filling than the cold mix methods. But don’t forget that while this recipe is perfect for a double pie crust, it’s also great for apple pie turnovers, cake filling, cobblers, or anywhere else you’d use a can of apple pie filling!

How to make apple pie fillingIngredients for Apple Pie Filling

-Firm Apples: You can use any good baking apples, but I prefer Honey Crisp, Fuji, Braeburn, or even Gala for a naturally sweet filling.

-Lemon Juice: This helps to add a little acidity, round out the flavors, and keep the apples looking fresh. We need 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to accomplish all of this.

-Water: Using 4 cups of water we can get the base for the apple pie filling.

-Brown Sugar: Making apple pie filling with brown sugar is a great way to add sweetness and a depth of flavor thanks to the molasses. We only need 1 cup of brown sugar to help sweeten this pie filling.

-Cornstarch: 1/2 cup of cornstarch will act as our thickener for this filling recipe.

-Spices: We need 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg to get a good seasoning.

-Salt: Just 1/2 teaspoon of salt will work to enhance the flavors in this filling and make them taste great.

How to make apple pie fillingHow to Make Apple Pie Filling

Wash and peel the apples. Cut into about 8 or 10 sections depending on how thick you want your apple slices to be.

Combine the apple slices in a large bowl with the lemon juice. Stir well to coat and then set the bowl aside.

In a mixing bowl, add the brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg, whisking to combine.

In a large stockpot, pour your 4 cups of water inside and bring to an almost boil. Add in the brown sugar mixture, whisking to dissolve. The mixture will be thickening as it cooks.

Add in the apples and cover the pot and simmer for 10-20 minutes. This time is dependant upon your apples and will vary. Check after 10 minutes. The apples should be soft enough that they are pliable, but they should also hold shape.

Turn off the heat to the stove, but keep the pot covered and let rest for 30 minutes. Transfer the apples to canning jars or freezable containers. This filling freezes well for up to 4 months.  Enjoy!

How to make apple pie filling

How to make apple pie filling

Homemade Apple Pie Filling

Learn how to make apple pie filling with this simple method & recipe! This is a low sugar apple pie filling so that the flavor of the apples really shine. Apple Pie Filling can be used in so many desserts and is a great way to use fresh apples when they’re in season.

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Homemade Apple Pie Filling

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 24

Calories: 85kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 Firm Apples (Honey Crisp, Fuji, Braeburn, Gala)
  • 2 TBSP Lemon Juice
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg

Instructions

  • Wash, peel and cut apples into 8-10 sections. Combine apples in a large bowl and top with lemon juice. Stir well to coat. Set aside.

  • Add brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt & nutmeg to a mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.

  • Pour water in a large stockpot. Heat almost to boiling, then add the brown sugar mixture, whisking to dissolve. Bring just to a boil. Mixture will be thickening. Add apples. Cover pot and simmer 10-20 minutes. The amount of time cooking largely depends on your apples. Check after 10 minutes. Apples should be soft enough so that each individual piece is fairly pliable, but definitely still holds shape. I used Honey Crisp apples and mine took the full 20 minutes.

  • Turn heat off stove. Keep lid on pot and let apples sit for at least 30 minutes. Transfer apples to canning jars or freezing containers. Apple Pie Filling freezes well for up to 4 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

How to make apple pie filling

Can you mix apples in a pie?

Yes, absolutely! You don’t have to use just one specific type of apple in this filling recipe. Feel free to mix and match and play around with multiple varieties for that perfect apple flavor you know you’ll crave!

Can I use Red Delicious apples for apple pie?

I recommend that you do not. Red Delicious apples are a soft grain texture and are best for eating as is. Unlike baking variety apples, a red delicious will be “off” on texture and overpoweringly sweet if baked into a pie or turned into filling. It’s best to save them for lunchtime or caramel apple nachos if you’re looking for ways to use them.

How to make apple pie fillingIs this recipe canning safe?

No. While you can use canning jars and lids to store your apple pie filling in the fridge or freezer, this recipe is not safe for home canning. Mostly due in part to the cornstarch as that is not an approved thickening agent for canning, another issue is the low acid in this recipe. That said, this recipe does last a while in the fridge or freezer and can still yield several pies, so it’s worth a try! 🙂

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Learn how to make apple pie filling with this simple method & recipe! This is a low sugar apple pie filling so that the flavor of the apples really shine. Apple Pie Filling can be used in so many desserts and is a great way to use fresh apples when they're in season.

Learn how to make apple pie filling with this simple method & recipe! This is a low sugar apple pie filling so that the flavor of the apples really shine. Apple Pie Filling can be used in so many desserts and is a great way to use fresh apples when they’re in season.

Crock Pot Apple Butter Recipe Easy and Delicious by Gordon Ramsay

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From time to time I run across a person who has never heard of apple butter. When I am finished gasping in horror at the wasted life they have led up until that point, I make it my first order of business to slather some on a biscuit and get it to their mouth as soon as possible.

Apple Butter Recipe Is So Easy To Make

Apple butter is surprisingly easy to make, especially with the help of a crock pot. Still, folks seem to be intimidated by it. Perhaps it’s the complex taste of the spices combined with how few people actually do make it anymore which causes it to be shied away from in our kitchens. There is no need though as this apple butter recipe is likely one of the easiest things that I’ve brought you so far!

Fill Your House With Sensational Scents

I like to put my apple butter on to cook in the slow cooker just before I go to bed and let it cook all night long. When I wake up in the morning, the house is filled with the most delicious and fragrant smell that I often reserve making it for a time when we have company! I wake up first thing, take the lid off, and give it a few fans just to make sure the house is thoroughly saturated with apple butter smell  We eat a breakfast of biscuits and fresh, hot apple butter while I let the rest continue to cook. This is about as close to heaven as you can possibly get while still drawing breath.

Your Apple Butter Recipe Ingredients Are

apple butter ingredients

  •  Two large jars of unsweetened applesauce (three pounds or fifty ounces),
  • Sugar,
  • 3 lbs granny smith apples,
  • Apple juice,
  • Cinnamon,
  • Cloves,
  • Allspice.
  • Exact recipe is at bottom of page.

chipped apples

  • “Chip” your apples like we did in the apple pie (If you have not read the apple pie tutorial, you now have your first official homework assignment). Do this by peeling them and cutting little chips of them off.

apple butter mixture

  • Place in large crock pot along with both jars of apple sauce, sugar, spices, and a bit of apple juice (exact quantities at the bottom).

If you feel like it is too much sugar for you or too much cloves or allspice, just do a little less. The beauty of this recipe is that you cook it all night in the crock pot, then taste it in the morning and add what you prefer to make it to your taste. You can also use Stevia or Monk Fruit instead of sugar if you like, but it will require much less as these sweeteners are a lot sweeter than sugar.

apple butter crock pot

  • Stir well and cover with lid. Cook on low overnight, eight to ten hours.

apple butter crock pot

  • After cooking over night or through the day, your apple butter will be dark brown and rich. But it will have a bit too much water in it. This is where you will taste it and see what you want to add. I am including the exact quantities I use at the bottom of this crock pot apple butter recipe.
  • Leave the lid off and continue cooking for a few hours until it cooks down a little bit. “Cooks down” is how old folks say “its too runny, you need some of that water gone!”.

  • After it cooks down a bit, fill up pint or quart jars and seal. If you go through the process of canning this crock pot apple butter, you can simply leave the jars on a shelf in your pantry. Otherwise you would need to refrigerate them and use within two to three weeks.

You can also place in jars and freeze to keep it longer without having to can it. For a complete tutorial that makes canning easy, please click here (yes, I said “EASY” because it is!).  

To enjoy on a scrumptious light biscuit click HERE for my spoon roll recipe

apple butter spread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 hours

Ingredients

  • 2- 3 lb 50 oz jars unsweetened apple sauce
  • 3 lbs granny smith apples
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp allspice

Instructions

  • Peel and cut apples into small chips. Place all ingredients in the crock pot and stir.

  • Cover and cook on low overnight (eight to ten hours). Remove cover, stir and taste. Add more spices or sugar if desired.

  • Continue cooking for a few more hours, uncovered, until some of the liquid has gone and butter has cooked down a bit.

  • Pour into jars and refrigerate (unless it is canned properly).

  • Serve over hot biscuits, toast, scones, or just eat it out of the jar if no one is looking!

For instructions on how easy it is to can this apple butter, please click here.

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