It's Fall, which means its time to whip out the yummy apple pie recipes! I'm not one for straight classics, making the Pioneer Woman's Apple Pie a surefire winner in my book. Caramel sauce paired with granny smith apples loaded with a crumb topping? Yes please! And the best part is that Food Network star Ree Drummond knows how time consuming preparing the perfect pie crust is. So instead of making one from scratch, Ree suggests using a pre-made crust to make this dessert recipe super quick.
How to Make The Pioneer Woman's Caramel Apple Pie
When it comes to apple desserts, you have a few options, including precooking your apple pie filling or adding thickener to your apples then cooking them in the pie crust. This recipe relies on the latter, making the prep time speedy quick. Be warned though, I had a ton of liquid come out of my pie while it was baking in the oven. A lot of smoke came out, but if you place a sheet pan underneath the pie pan you should be good.
In essence, combine sliced granny smith apples with sugar, lemon juice, flour, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Let it sit while you prepare the crumble topping. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, combine the butter and all-purpose flour in a small bowl. Stir in quick oats, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt.
Place the apple filling into the crust and top with the crumble mixture. Bake until apples are cooked through and crumble is golden brown. Top with chopped pecans, bake another few minutes, then drizzle on the caramel topping. Don't be afraid of adding tons of caramel on the Pioneer Woman's Caramel Apple Pie.
Serve with vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream to bring out over the top.