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To follow this week’s theme, I would like to share with you another yummy in your tummy recipe. This one came by way of special request from a friend at work. She asked if I would make her favorite;  caramel apple pie… of course I was up for the challenge 🙂

There are tons of good variations for this popular treat… so I decided to go all out for my friend and ensure she’d have a lovely sugar high. She was thrilled when she found out I was finally making her pie this week. She was so happy that she decided she no longer wanted to share it with our other co-workers. LOL!!

That dream of hers didn’t last very long. The rumour mill spun around the office faster than saying 1, 2, 3… It was quite funny to see her explain why the pie actually belonged to her since it had been her idea.

Well ~ she lost that battle. 😉

I cut the pie into 6 slices, which two slices got allocated to above mentioned friend lol… I had to keep the peace somehow, I do have to work with these people everyday 🙂

The verdict on the pie was a solid thumbs up!  I can’t help but to share another story related to this yummy pie… and also to take the pressure off above mentioned friend 😀

I will call this person my A/R friend…  She opted on behaving that lunch hour and take her slice of pie home.  She had already planned to have it later that evening with a nice cup of tea.  My A/R friend took great pride in telling us what went down at home with her husband that very same night.

Dinner done, she decided it was time to enjoy her pie. Her husband saw the slice on the counter and asked “what is that?”.   With a straight face she proceeds to tell him that it’s apple pie but it has raisins in it… Hubby is now grossed out as he can’t stand raisins in anything and can’t believe anyone (meaning me…) could ruin a pie in such a way…

My dear sweet A/R friend then settles in her seat and begins to enjoy her slice of caramel apple pie with no raisins anywhere in sight… I loved it!  Sounds like the kind of scheme I would pull on my family. LOL!!!

So I thought I would share this recipe would you so that you too can have the chance to build your own stories.

This recipe was adapted from the William-Sonoma website and I can vouch that it was a success with all who tried it.

CARAMEL APPLE PIE

2 Deep dish pie crusts

FOR THE APPLES:

4lb Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 8 pieces

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

3 tbsp cornstarch

FOR THE CARAMEL:

1 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup light corn syrup

6 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 cup heavy cream

Prepare and transfer pie dough into dish. Trim the edges flush with the rim.

To prepare the apples, in a large Dutch oven pan over medium heat, stir together the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon,  nutmeg and lemon juice. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally,  until the apples are just tender, about 20 minutes. Uncover and let them cool to room temperature. Stir in cornstarch.

To prepare the caramel, in a heavy 4-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt. Cook until the mixture is bubbling vigorously,  about 9 minutes,  stirring only during the first 2 to 3 minutes of cooking. Off heat, carefully stir in 1/4 cup of the cream, then stir in the remaining 1/4 cup cream. Let cool until just warm. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine the apple mixture and 3/4 cup of the caramel, reserve the remaining caramel for serving.  Pour the apples into the pie shell and place the top of the crust over the pie. Trim the edges and press the top and bottom crust together,.

Place the pie on a baking sheet. Bake until the crust is golden brown, about one hour. Check the pie after 30 minutes and cover the edge with tin foil if it become too dark.  Let the pie cool down on a wire rack for at least 2 1/2 hours before serving. Warm the caramel and serve alongside the pie for drizzling.

Serves 8

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