Spooky Dinner Idea: Caramel Apple Pie:
Desserts are the most difficult part of any dinner party to get right. No matter how much you prepare, something will go wrong and your guests will be disappointed. But you can fix that with this spooky dessert idea–Caramel Apple Pie. The caramel apple pie recipe is a little bit risky and a little bit ordinary, but it’s so good that nobody will notice or care. Plus it’s easy! So easy that you’ll have time to prepare everything else.
Dessert is an essential part of the spooky dinner party. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it should be impressive. To add some spooky flair, make the apple pie with caramel instead of regular apple syrup. This is a risky move because caramel is tricky to make and can easily turn out badly. But don’t worry! This recipe has been carefully crafted to give you perfect results–no matter what!
Here’s how to do it:
1.) Create pie crust* (recipe follows).
2.) Create apples* (recipes for both varieties are included).
3.) Prepare caramel* (recipe follows).
4.) Assemble pie* (recipe follows).
Spooky Dinner Idea: You know it’s fall when the next big thing is apple pie. But if you want to try something new, why not try caramel apple pie?
The traditional recipe is pretty straightforward. You peel and core the apples, sprinkle them with sugar, put them in a pie pan with a few spoonfuls of sugar, then add some cinnamon and nutmeg and other spices. Mix up about a cup of brown sugar with a tablespoon of flour, a dash of cinnamon, and some butter. Pour most of that over the apples. Then spread some store-bought caramel topping over that. Bake at 350F for an hour or so until the top is bubbly and you can see the apples are tender through the sides.
This gives you an idea of what caramel apple pie is like. It’s really good. But if you’ve ever made homemade caramel sauce, you know it’s really easy to burn the bottom of your pan while making it. So I decided to give this a try using my new cast iron frying pan. I figured that would cook more evenly than my old aluminum pan, and I was right!
If you have an iron skillet (preferably cast iron) then here’s what I did:
Caramel Apple Pie is a spooky dinner idea if you have a Halloween party. You can make it look like a brain or an eyeball. Make the pastry look like skin too.
Caramel apple pie recipe:
First make the pastry, then chop the apples and add them to the pastry. Then caramelise sugar on the stove, and pour it over the apples and cook until it caramelises again.
Ingredients: 2 cups (500g) flour 1 cup (225g) shortening 1/2 tsp salt 2 tbsp sugar 1/4 cup (60ml) ice water Filling: 3 large apples; peeled, cored, & sliced 3 tbsp butter 3 tbsp brown sugar 3/4 cup (165ml) caramel sauce Directions for making caramel apple pie: To make the pastry cut up the shortening into cubes then cut up the flour and add in with the salt and sugar. Rub in using your fingertips until it looks like breadcrumbs then add the water a little at a time until it is all incorporated. The amount of water needed will vary depending on how absorbent your flour is so don’t worry if there’s some flour left at this stage. When everything is mixed together gently knead for about five minutes to form a smooth ball
What is caramel apple pie? It’s a warm, spicy dessert that tastes very much like apple pie. It layers apples, cinnamon, and caramel sauce to create a wonderful treat for any holiday or special occasion. The combination of flavors is out of the ordinary and will help you to stand out from the pack of ordinary apple pies at family gatherings.
Taste it with your eyes closed and you might even think you’re eating pumpkin pie.
As a result, you can make the pie in any flavor you want.
Here are some ideas for flavors:
Apple Pie: This is the “standard” recipe. It makes a pie that is just like what you’d get from a grocery store, except better tasting and with high-quality ingredients.
Apple Pie Spice: This is similar to apple pie but has a different flavor profile. It’s harder to describe; it’s not just like apple-flavored apple pie, it’s more complex and interesting.
Apple Pie with Caramel: Again similar to the standard recipe, but with an extra layer of caramel on top of the apples. And if you use this recipe, don’t forget to put the caramel on top!
Cinnamon Apple Pie: This one is mostly like apple pie spice except that it adds cinnamon to the apples before baking them. I especially recommend using this recipe if you use fresh apples instead of frozen ones; I think it really improves fresh apples.
You can also vary the crust if you want; see below for some recipes I’ve tried that go well with these pies.*
Now make one of these pies and see how pleased everyone will be! You’ll definitely impress your friends when they come over for dinner.”
Since I have to admit that this is a blog and not a professional site, it’s also okay to note that this homemade caramel apple pie is the best pie I’ve ever had. And I’m really good at making pie.
The recipe is from King Arthur Flour for their “Apple Galette,” which is just about the most beautiful looking thing I’ve ever seen. But I wanted it to be more like apple pie, so here’s how you do that.
Start with very thin slices of apples — no more than 1/4 inch thick. About 12 per pie. I used Granny Smiths — they hold their shape better than other kinds of apples, but don’t get all mushy while you’re baking them. Place the slices in overlapping concentric circles in a 9-inch pie plate. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar (I used brown sugar). Then take some thick slices of butter and tuck them into the gaps between the apple slices. Sprinkle again with sugar (brown sugar). Bake at 425 degrees until the crust is golden brown and the apples are bubbling — about half an hour or so. Then turn down to 300 degrees and cook until the apples are very soft and browned on top — another half hour or so
The first thing to do is to get the right kind of apples. A Granny Smith apple will work, but it won’t taste quite right because it’s too sour. Instead go for a Gala or Fuji apple. I’d recommend getting at least two kinds: a large one and a small one.
I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you probably don’t have any apple pie spice on hand, so you’ll need to buy some. As far as I know, McCormick is the only company that makes it, and they’re not exactly known for high quality spices. Fortunately, there are better options available. Penzeys is my favorite store; they have both cinnamon and allspice, though not in bulk form. If you’re not lucky enough to live near a Penzeys, try Amazon or one of the other spice companies that sell online.
Taste your apples before mixing them with the other ingredients. Using the larger apple, see if you can detect the flavor of apple cider vinegar. You might want to add a splash of it to boost the flavor of your apples (it also helps keep them from turning brown). The smaller apples should be sweet enough that you won’t need any extra sugar (though if you like