Chef John’s Caramel Apple Pie

Experience the ultimate comfort dessert with Chef John’s Caramel Apple Pie.

This classic dessert combines the irresistible flavors of sweet caramel and tart apples, all wrapped in a flaky pastry crust.


Chef John’s recipe adds a touch of sophistication with a homemade caramel sauce that takes this apple pie to the next level of deliciousness.

Whether served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or enjoyed on its own, this pie is sure to become a family favorite for any occasion.


Treat yourself to a slice of nostalgia and savor the delightful flavors of fall with this decadent Caramel Apple Pie.


  • 1 pre-made pie crust (bottom crust)
  • 6 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (for caramel sauce)


  • 9-inch pie dish
  • Mixing bowls
  • Saucepan
  • Rolling pin
  • Pastry cutter or fork
  • Oven


Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).


Place the bottom pie crust in the pie dish and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine the sliced apples, granulated sugar, 1/4 cup flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and lemon juice. Toss until the apples are evenly coated.


Arrange the apple mixture in the prepared pie crust.

In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and cook until the mixture starts to bubble.


In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of flour with the heavy cream until smooth. Gradually stir the cream mixture into the caramel sauce, stirring constantly.

Continue cooking until the caramel sauce thickens, about 2-3 minutes.


Pour the caramel sauce over the apples in the pie crust.

Roll out the remaining pie crust and place it over the apples. Trim any excess crust and crimp the edges to seal.


Cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape.

Bake the pie in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.


Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack before serving.

Nutritional Facts

  • Serving Size: 1 slice (assuming 8 slices per pie)
  • Calories: 380
  • Total Fat: 17g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 40mg
  • Sodium: 280mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 56g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Sugars: 36g
  • Protein: 3g

Health Benefits

Apples are rich in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, promoting digestive health and reducing the risk of chronic diseases.


Cinnamon and nutmeg contain anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, supporting overall well-being and immune function.

Consuming apples and spices in moderation as part of a balanced diet can aid in weight management and blood sugar control.


This pie recipe uses natural sweeteners like brown sugar and apples, reducing the need for excessive added sugars.

Baking at home allows for control over ingredients, minimizing artificial additives and preservatives commonly found in store-bought pies.



Can I use a different type of apple?

Yes, you can use other varieties of apples such as Fuji or Honeycrisp, but Granny Smith apples are recommended for their tartness and firm texture.


Can I make the caramel sauce ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the caramel sauce in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Reheat before pouring over the apples in the pie crust.


Can I freeze leftover pie slices?

Yes, you can freeze individual slices of pie in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.


Can I use store-bought caramel sauce instead?

While homemade caramel sauce is recommended for best flavor, you can use store-bought caramel sauce as a time-saving alternative.


How should I store leftover pie?

Leftover pie should be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat before serving if desired.


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