Caramel Apple Streusel Pie

This Caramel Apple Streusel Pie features a rich and buttery crust, an easy homemade caramel apple filling, and a toffee streusel topping.
Caramel Apple Streusel Pie is the ultimate apple pie! From handletheheat.com

Baking a homemade apple pie will make you feel like a kitchen champion, in that really awesome ’50s housewife or grandma way. Making this Caramel Apple Streusel Pie will make you feel like a superhero. This pie is outrageously good and puts all store-bought apple pies to shame. A deep shame. Yes, making homemade pie dough and peeling and slicing a bunch of apples can be a pain, but I promise you it is SO worth it. Like, soooo worth it. You must do it the next time baking a pie is required (which should really be a weekly life requirement). Or the next time you want to wow your friends and family. Or put them in a sugar coma. Or just when you want your entire kitchen to smell like heaven on earth.

If making homemade pie crust intimidates you, be sure to check out my friend Ali’s super informative post about How to Make a Pie Crust.

Caramel Apple Streusel Pie is the ultimate apple pie! From handletheheat.com

Recipe Rundown
Taste: I was worried this would be way too sweet but it had a great balance of flavors. I am obsessed with the caramel apple filling, it is RIDICULOUSLY amazing.
Texture: The pie crust is ultra flaky and tender yet holds up well to the hearty, rich, and thick filling. The toffee streusel topping adds a nice crunch to every bite.
Ease: Not as easy as most of the desserts I post, but so worth the effort. The food processor makes quick work of the pie crust. Use a pastry blender if you don’t have a food processor. The “caramel” in the filling basically makes itself.
Appearance: A little messy but still mouthwatering.
Pros: This is a fabulous apple pie that will be eagerly welcomed on any holiday dessert table.
Cons: Requires some time and patience. Lots of sugar.
Would I make this again? The next time I need to make a pie for family or friends, this is the recipe I’ll use.

Caramel Apple Streusel Pie is the ultimate apple pie! From handletheheat.com

 

Caramel Apple Streusel Pie - the ultimate apple pie! From handletheheat.com

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Caramel Apple Streusel Pie

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:

For the crust:
1 1/4 cups (5.3 ounces) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 stick (4 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons cold sour cream
2 to 3 tablespoons ice water

For the filling:
6 large Granny Smith or Jonathan apples, cored, peeled, and sliced thinly
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter

Streusel topping:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup toffee bits

Directions:

For the crust:
In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the flour, salt, and sugar until combined. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal, with larger chunks of butter remaining. Add the sour cream then drizzle 2 tablespoons of ice water over the mixture and pulse until it just comes together without being wet, sticky, or crumbly. If the dough doesn’t hold together when pinched between your fingers, add another tablespoon of water and pulse.

Place the dough onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Shape the dough into a disk and chill in the fridge until firm, at least 1 hour or up to 3 days or make ahead and freeze, well wrapped in plastic, for up to 2 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight.

Let the dough sit at room temperature for up to 10 minutes before rolling out on a lightly floured work surface. Keep turning the dough after every roll to ensure it doesn’t stick to the counter and is of even thickness. Roll out into a 1/8-inch thick 13-inch circle. Gently roll the dough up and around the rolling pin then unroll over a 9-inch pie tin and press into the tin. Trim the dough, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Crimp or decorate edges and pierce the bottom of the crust all over with a fork. Freeze for 30 minutes, or until very firm. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 375°F. Make ahead: At this point you can place the pie tin (preferably a disposable one) in a zip-top bag and store in the freezer until ready to use. Defrost in the fridge overnight.

Remove the pie shell from the freezer and place a double sheet of foil over the shell, pressing the foil gently across the bottom and up the sides of the pie. Place 2 cups pie weights or dry beans over the parchment. Bake until the pie crust is dry and light in color, about 20 minutes. Carefully remove the parchment and weights and continue baking for another 12 minutes, or until just turning golden. Remove pie and maintain oven temperature.

For the filling:
Meanwhile, combine all the ingredients except the butter in a large bowl. Melt the butter in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the apple mixture and cook until the apples begin to soften, about 8 minutes. Pour the apple mixture into the pie crust.

For the topping:
In a medium bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Cut the butter into the flour with a fork until coarse crumbs form. Stir in the toffee bits. Sprinkle over the apple mixture. Wrap the edges of the pie crust with a crust shield or foil. Bake the pie for about 35 to 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

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13 Responses to “Caramel Apple Streusel Pie”

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    Tieghan — October 7, 2013 at 5:17 am

    Tessa, this is incredible!! So pretty and I love the streusel and addition of caramel!

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    Heather — October 7, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Oh my Tessa! This looks absolutely delish. I think I may have to make this very, very soon.

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    Lora @cakeduchess — October 7, 2013 at 7:35 am

    I adore apples and caramel together. I can’t wait for fall pie baking and this is what I’ll make first! Love this, Tessa.

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    Annalise @ Completely Delicious — October 7, 2013 at 8:35 am

    This pie looks beyond incredible Tessa!

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    Diane @ Vintage Zest — October 7, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Ooh! I’m excited to make this one for sure because I LOVE caramel apples. I have been known to snack on apple slices and the Fleur de Sel caramel dip from Trader Joes year round just because… Yep, I will be making this because it’s right up my alley and it looks incredible too!

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    Bonny@cleverhen.com — October 7, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Just made an apple pie with streusel topping. It was great…but now I will have to try it with the caramel ingredients in the filling and the toffee in the streusel top. It sounds like it will make the pie even better! Btw, thanks for the comment about it won’t be too sweet. I would ordinarily worry about this.

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    Gaby — October 7, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I would love to have a big slice of this right now, just gorgeous!

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    sweetie — October 10, 2013 at 3:31 am

    tessa, you’ve got a great blog (and this pie looks incredible!). i’ve always enjoyed reading along. just a slightly annoying feature though are the ads that pop up when you visit the site. they take over the screen and not only can you NOT click them away, they take over viewing your site. then they disappear and it’s not an issue.

    thought i’d let you know since it really takes away from the experience of reading your blog.

    • Tessa replied: — October 10th, 2013 @ 8:45 am

      Thanks for the feedback! I’ve been trying to figure out where that ad is coming from (I have multiple ad providers) and haven’t had any luck yet. Please know I’m working on getting it removed!

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    Dina — October 10, 2013 at 8:55 am

    it looks delish!

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    stephanie — October 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Wow! This is just the pie I use from here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-challenge/caramel-apple-pie-2003-1st-place-apple-recipe/index.html. I will try your addition of corn starch next time!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — October 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Beautiful Fall time pie, especially love that Streusel topping which I would eat with a spoon! ;)

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    Cindy — October 15, 2013 at 6:46 am

    I made this over the weekend. I don’t like typical apple pie but loved this. Sweet but delicious!

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