If you are looking for the best salted caramel apple pie recipe on the web that will save you time with an easy caramel hack well then read on – you have come to the right place!I

Nothing makes me happier than an all American apple pie made with crisp, tart apples in a flaky pie crust. In this version, Apple pie pie gets an upgrade with the addition of Bourbon and Salted Caramel that makes this pie NEXT LEVEL Delicious, because who doesn’t love salted caramel? 

The pairing of Bourbon and salted caramel in this pie gives you fall vibes of Caramel apples you would get at the fair, while the Bourbon adds a nice hint of smokiness and depth to the apples. You can add another layer of flavor by baking this pie on your pellet smoker for added smokey flavor. 

Why this Salted Caramel Pie Recipe is Awesome AND Easy

In this recipe, you don’t need to make salted caramel from scratch, unless you really want to. I’ve got a really easy “Salted Caramel Hack” for you.

I purchase my Bourbon Infused Salted Caramel from Bourbon Barrel Foods – it is a gourmet touch to this pie because the salt in this caramel is smoked in bourbon barrel staves which adds yet another layer of bourbon flavor to this pie (in addition to the actual bourbon). You can also use this Caramel in your coffee and on ice cream- you will want to drizzle it on all the things! 

If you don’t have time to order Bourbon Barrel Foods Salted Caramel online, look for “Dulce De Leche” at your local grocery store. 

Note, I’m using the term “caramel” loosely here as I’m actually using Dulce De Leche, which is a cousin of caramel. Dulce De Leche is a popular heavenly concoction in Latin American Countries and is used by itself as well as in desserts like “Tres Leches”.

I live in South Florida and Dulce De Leche is a way of life around here and can easily be found at the grocery store.

The core difference between Dulce De Leche and Caramel is that Dulce De Leche is made from sweetened condensed milk whereas caramel is made from sugar and water.

If you can’t easily find a can of Dulce De Leche at your grocery store, don’t worry!  You can substitute an easier-to-find caramel sauce and use the same method of application below. If you want to make it from scratch, go for it! (The method is essentially putting a can of sweetened condensed milk in boiling water for a few hours…)

salted caramel apple pie

Bourbon paired with smoked salted caramel really take this pie to the next level!

 

Ingredients for this Salted Caramel Apple Pie

(see full ingredients and instructions at the recipe print out below)

  • 2 (Organic) refrigerated Pie Crusts
  • 5 cups sliced apples
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 dash each nutmeg, allspice, ginger
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 3 tbsp bourbon
  • 4 tbsp Bourbon Barrel Foods Salted Caramel OR Dulce De Leche with 1 tsp sea salt added in
  • 1 egg  and 2-3 tbsp water, combine to make an egg wash for the crust

Alternately, if you don’t have Bourbon Barrel Foods Salted Caramel, buy Dulce De Leche at your local grocery store (check in the Latin Section) and add sea salt. I like to use Smoked Maldon on this instance. 

 

bourbon and salted caramel apple pie

 

Directions to Make Salted Caramel Apple Pie

  1. Roughly peel the apples with a vegetable peeler to remove the majority of the peel (doesn’t have to be perfect), then chop them up and put them in a big bowl. Add the bourbon, spices, brown sugar and butter and stir to combine.
  2. Next, let your refrigerated pie crusts slightly thaw and soften out of the refrigerator. I prefer to bake in 12″ cast iron skillet or a cast iron Pie pan for pies on my smoker, but a pie plate would work as well.
  3. In a pot, add your apples, bourbon, butter and spices and combine on medium heat until the apples have begun to soften and the bourbon has reduced a bit and the butter has melted and everything has mixed together, no more than 10 -15 minutes on the stovetop.
  4. On a pregreased skillet or pie pan, roll out the pie dough into the skillet trying to get the dough to roll up on the sides as far as possible.
  5. Next, add your apple mixture onto the pie dough.
  6. Pour the caramel into a heatproof pourable measuring cup and heat in the microwave for 15 seconds to help it soften. Pour the Caramel onto the pie mixture. Alternately, if using dulce de leche, add to a heat proof container, add the salt, stir, and then heat in the microwave to soften and pour into the pie mixture.
  7. Take the other pie crust and put it on top of the pie and seal the edges. Cut a few slits to let the steam escape.
  8. Combine an egg with a 2 tbsp of water and coat the pie crust with the egg wash
  9. Set your Oven or  Green Mountain Grill or pellet smoker to 375 degrees, and let your pie bake for approximately 30 minutes OR until the crust has browned and the apple mixture will become bubbly. Watch the edges of the crust, if it is browning too quickly cover the edges with foil. It is normal for some of the pie juice to come up on the side of the crust, I believe this is due to the shape of the cast iron skillet.
  10. When serving a slice, drizzle more dulce de caramel onto each piece for extra yumminess! If you want icecream, I love this with vanilla gelato

Smoked Bourbon Salted Caramel Apple Pie Recipe – FAQ

Q: What type of apples should I use for this pie? A: We recommend using a mix of sweet and tart baking apples like Honeycrisp, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, or Braeburn. The combination gives the best flavor.

Q: Can I leave out the bourbon? A: You can leave out the bourbon if you prefer. The pie will still have great flavor without it, though the bourbon does enhance the sweet and smoky notes. You can substitute apple juice or water if avoiding alcohol.

Q: How do you get the smoky flavor? A: The Smoked Salted Caramel from Bourbon Barrel Foods give this pie its delicious smoky essence and aroma. You can also used smoked Maldon paired with Dulce De Leche to give this pie smoke flavor.  Using the smoker to lightly smoke the sliced apples boosts that too, but you can skip that step if you don’t have a smoker.

Q: What if I don’t have smoked salt ? Can I use regular salt instead? A: You can, however the smoky flavor won’t be as pronounced. We suggest trying to source smoked salt to really make the flavors sing. Smoked salt can often be found online or at specialty food stores if you can’t find it locally.

Q: Do I need to use salted butter for the crust? A: No, you can use regular unsalted butter. The salted caramel and smoked salt add plenty of seasoning to the pie filling already.

salted caramel apple pie

I love baking on my Green Mountain Grill Pellet Smoker- it is just as easy as using your oven but everything ends up with awesome smokey flavor!

 

The beauty of a pellet smoker is that they are as easy to use as an oven, but they also impart smoky flavor you cannot get in your oven. I baked this apple pie on my Green Mountain Grill Daniel Boone. The smokiness combined with bourbon, salted caramel and apples made this a recipe for the books, or the blog, lol.

salted caramel applie pie

I used my star wars cookie cutters on this pie crust that I bought on Amazon. You can get these cookie cutters here: http://amzn.to/2BQ0aEP

I hope you enjoy this delicious apple pie recipe as much as my family does!

salted caramel apple pie

Don’t forget to leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts if you try it! Give me a follow on Instagram, TikTok or FB and tag me when you make this recipe and I’ll share in my feed! Happy Baking Fam! ❤️

 

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Smoked Bourbon and Salted Caramel Apple Pie


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  • Author: Robyn

Ingredients

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  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts
  • 5-cups sliced apples, equivalent to 6 small-medium apples chopped
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 dash each: nutmeg, allspice, ginger
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 4 tbsp dulce de Leche
  • 3 tbsp bourbon
  • 1 tsp maldon smoked sea salt or regular sea salt

Instructions

  1. Roughly peel the apples with a vegetable peeler to remove the majority of the peel (doesn’t have to be perfect), then chop them up and put them in a big bowl. Add the bourbon, spices, brown sugar and butter and stir to combine.
  2. Next, let your refrigerated pie crusts slightly thaw and soften out of the refrigerator. I prefer to bake in 12″ cast iron skillet or a cast iron Pie pan for pies on my smoker, but a pie plate would work as well.
  3. In a pot, add your apples, bourbon, butter and spices and combine on medium heat until the apples have begun to soften and the bourbon has reduced a bit and the butter has melted and everything has mixed together, no more than 10 -15 minutes on the stovetop.
  4. On a pregreased skillet or pie pan, roll out the pie dough into the skillet trying to get the dough to roll up on the sides as far as possible.
  5. Next, add your apple mixture onto the pie dough.
  6. Pour the caramel into a heatproof pourable measuring cup and heat in the microwave for 15 seconds to help it soften. Pour the Caramel onto the pie mixture. Alternately, if using dulce de leche, add to a heat proof container, add the salt, stir, and then heat in the microwave to soften and pour into the pie mixture.
  7. Take the other pie crust and put it on top of the pie and seal the edges. Cut a few slits to let the steam escape.
  8. Combine an egg with a 2 tbsp of water and coat the pie crust with the egg wash
  9. Set your Oven or  Green Mountain Grill or pellet smoker to 375 degrees, and let your pie bake for approximately 30 minutes OR until the crust has browned and the apple mixture will become bubbly. Watch the edges of the crust, if it is browning too quickly cover the edges with foil. It is normal for some of the pie juice to come up on the side of the crust, I believe this is due to the shape of the cast iron skillet.
  10. When serving a slice, drizzle more dulce de caramel onto each piece for extra yumminess! If you want ice cream, I love this with vanilla gelato

Note: This apple pie recipe was developed in partnership with my friends at Green Mountain Grills. I only work with brands I use and endorse!

 

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