Classic Apple Pie with a Caramel Drizzle

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Choosing the Right Apples

Select a mix of tart and sweet apples, such as Granny Smith and Honeycrisp, for a balanced filling that holds up during baking.

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Perfect Pie Crust

Use a homemade or high-quality store-bought pie crust. For a buttery and flaky texture, ensure the butter is cold and the dough is chilled before rolling.

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Preparing the Filling

Peel, core, and slice the apples uniformly to ensure even cooking. Toss the slices with lemon juice to prevent browning and add a bright flavor.

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Spices and Sweeteners

Combine the apple slices with sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of allspice. Adjust the sweetness to taste, considering the caramel drizzle.

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Thickening the Filling

Use cornstarch or tapioca starch to thicken the filling, ensuring it stays intact and doesn’t become watery.

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Assembling the Pie

Layer the apple mixture into the pie crust, mounding slightly in the center. Dot the filling with butter for added richness.

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Lattice Crust

Create a lattice crust for a beautiful presentation. Cut strips of dough and weave them over the filling, sealing the edges with a fork.

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Baking the Pie

Bake the pie in a preheated oven, starting at a higher temperature to set the crust, then lowering the heat to cook the filling evenly.

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Making the Caramel Sauce

Prepare a simple caramel sauce by melting sugar until golden brown, then adding butter and heavy cream. Stir until smooth and let cool slightly.

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Drizzling the Caramel

Once the pie is baked and slightly cooled, drizzle the warm caramel sauce over the top. The caramel adds a luxurious touch to the classic pie.

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Serving Suggestions

Serve the pie warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. The contrast between the warm pie and cold topping is delightful.