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Caramel Rose Apple Pie

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Time to elevate your apple pie game with this caramel rose apple pie! Thinly sliced apples arranged is such a way that it looks like a giant rose, covered in an apple flavored caramel, what is not to like about that?

I am a huge fan of apple pie. This easy apple pie and this apple crumb pie are two of my favorites. But every once in awhile I like to get fancy and make this amazing caramel rose apple pie. It only takes just a little bit more effort, and it is so worth it!

Impress your pie loving friends and family with this simple to make caramel rose apple pie. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get baking!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Several ingredients in bowls, sugar, spices, etc. Apples on the table.

In order to make this caramel rose apple pie, you need just a handful of easy to find ingredients:

  • Water
  • Lemon
  • Apples – I like to use a nice tart apple like Granny Smith, but any apple will work.
  • Brown sugar
  • White Granulated Sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Pie crust – Use one store-bought pie crust or this homemade pie crust.
  • Heavy cream

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Step 2: How to make a caramel rose apple pie

Sliced apple in a bowl of lemon water on a table.

Begin by washing and drying the apples. Take a large bowl and add the water and squeeze the lemon juice into the water. This lemon water will help keep the apples from turning brown.

Next, peel the apples, you can core them too if you wish at this point, then place the apples in the water. Now slice the apples. What I normally will do is just cut the apple around the core. Then slice them really thin, around 1/8th of an inch or less. If they are too thick, they won’t bend as well.

Large bowl full of sliced apples and lemon water.

Place the slices in the lemon water. Another method for slicing the apples would be to use a mandolin slicer, which would give you whole slices, then you can just cut those in half. Use whichever method you like. Just make sure they are in halves.

Bowl full of brown sugar and white sugar and spices.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the brow sugar, white granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. If you don’t have brown sugar, you can use all white sugar.

Caramel apple rose pie filling in a large glass bowl on a white cutting board.

Next, drain the apple slices, and then pour the sugar mixture over the apples. Mix everything together with a wooden spoon or with clean hands, or use gloves. Then allow the apples to sit for at least 30 minutes. This will allow for a nice apple flavored liquid to form on the bottom of the bowl which will be the base for the caramel for the apple rose pie.

Step 3: Prepare the apple pie crust

9-inch pie pan with a pie crust in it, being poked with a fork.

Time for the pie crust. You can use a store-bought pie crust, enough for 1 bottom of a 9-inch pie, or use this easy homemade pie crust recipe. Homemade pie crusts are always better!

Take a 9-inch cake pan or even a medium cast-iron skillet, and press the pie dough crust in the pan. I don’t recommend using a traditional pie pan, because the walls are sloped and they really need to be more straight for the apples.

Now, poke holes in the crust with a fork. Once done, cover the pie crust and place the pan in the fridge to chill while waiting for the apples.

Step 4: Bake the apple rose pie!

Two glass bowls one with apple slices and the other with sugar liquid.

Next, take the bowl of apples and squeeze the apples so the juice drains into another bowl. Use clean hands or hands with gloves. The apples should be nice and pliable, they shouldn’t break in your hands while squeezing them.

Thinly sliced apples in an apple pie.

Now it is time to design the apple rose part of the pie. Start by adding slices of apple all around the inside perimeter of the pie. Then do another layer that is staggered so it overlaps the other layer, meaning don’t make each layer in the same exact location. Keep doing this until you get to the middle, but leave a little hole there.

Unbaked caramel rose apple pie on a wooden table.

Take a final couple of pieces and roll them up which will resemble the middle of the rose. Then place that in the middle of the pie to cover the whole. Another design choice would be to leave the peel on the apples, so they show, this look is especially cool if you are using red apples. Kind like these apple rose pastries.

Now fold over the edges of the pie crust a pie, it isn’t necessary but I like to do it. It cleans up the edge and makes it look nicer. Cover the pie in foil and bake on the middle rack of a preheated oven at 375 F/190 C for 30 minutes.

Baked apple rose pie in a metal cake pan on a wooden table.

Then remove the foil and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes until the pie crust is golden brown and the edges of the apples are also slightly golden brown on the tops. Hurray! The pie is done, now we need to work on the caramel.

Step 4: Make the caramel for the apple rose pie

apple pie caramel in a pot on a stovetop.

While the apple rose pie is cooling, it is time to make the caramel topping. Pour the apple sugar liquid into a pot and place it on the burner of your stovetop. Set the heat to medium.

Allow the mixture to come to a boil, stirring occasionally, then let it continue to boil for 10 to 15 minutes until it reduces by about half. Stir in the heavy cream well, until combined. It may be a bit runny but that is okay, it will thicken as it cools.

Turn off the heat and allow the apple caramel to cool.

Hand pouring a glass bowl of caramel onto an apple rose pie.

Now all you need to do is pour that yummy apple flavored caramel all over the beautiful apple rose pie. You will only use about half or so of it on the pie. The rest can be used to drizzle over ice cream if you like.

Slice of caramel rose apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a white plate.

Time to dig in! Slice into that caramel rose apple pie and serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you like. Drizzle some more of that yummy apple caramel topping as well. Enjoy!

How long does caramel rose apple pie last?

This apple pie will stay fresh for about 2 days at room temperature if covered with plastic wrap or foil or placed in an airtight container, and then an additional 2 to 3 days in the fridge. You may also freeze the pie if you like, for a few months.

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Caramel Rose Apple Pie

Time to make a fancy apple pie. This caramel rose apple pie is sure to impress your friends and family members. It is so yummy and really easy to make!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Dessert, Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, fruit, sweet
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 219kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Apple corer (optional)
  • Peeler
  • Knife
  • Mandolin slicer (optional)
  • Manual juicer (optional)
  • Bowls
  • 9-inch cake pan or cast-iron skillet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Saucepot

Ingredients

  • Water about 2 cups
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 to 5 large apples I like to use Granny Smith, a good tart apple works great peeled and sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 100g
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar 105g
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground cinnamon 3g
  • 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg 3g
  • 1 pie crust homemade or store-bought
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream 60ml

Instructions

  • Add the water to a large bowl and then squeeze the juice from one lemon into it.
  • Peel the apples and optionally core them and place them in the lemon water to prevent browning.
  • Slice the apples around the core into nice half apple thin slices, no more than 1/8th of an inch thick. You may also use a mandolin slicer for this. For this particular pie, I don't normally core the apple, but you certainly can. Place the slices in the lemon water.
  • In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. If you don't have brown sugar, you can use all white sugar.
  • Drain the lemon water from the bowl of sliced apple. Add the sugar mix and stir with a spoon until well combined. You can also just use really clean hands or wear gloves. Let the bowl sit for 30 minutes.
  • Use a store-bought or homemade pie crust. Place it in a 9-inch cake pan and then poke holes on the bottom with a fork. Chill the pie crust in the fridge while waiting for the apples.
  • Now grab a handful of apples and squeeze the juice from them, then place the apples in a separate bowl. Again clean hands, or wear gloves. You will be left with a bowl of apple-flavored sugar liquid. The apples will be thin and flimsy.
  • Place the thin apple slices in the pie pan, starting on the outer edge, and working your way towards the middle, overlapping the slices. At the end, you will have a small hole, take a few thin slices and roll them up and set it in the middle to complete the rose look.
  • Cover the pie and bake it on the middle rack for 30 minutes in a preheated oven at 375 F/190 C. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes. Until the crust is golden brown and same with the tops of the apple slices. Now allow the pie to cool while you make the caramel topping.
  • Pour the apple sugar liquid into a pot and heat it over medium heat on the stovetop, stirring occasionally. Once it comes to a boil continue to boil it for 10 to 15 minutes until it reduces by about half. Then pour in the heavy cream and stir it in. Turn the heat off and remove the pot. Allow the caramel to cool, while the pie is cooling.
  • Drizzle that caramel all over the pie. Then serve up a slice. Add a scoop of ice cream if you want, and drizzle more caramel on top. Enjoy!

Video

Caramel Rose Apple Pie Recipe | How to Make Apple Pie

Notes

Note: The nutritional facts don’t include a scoop of ice cream. 
Note: If you leave the peel on the apples, it gives it a cool look, especially if you are using red apples.
Caramel rose apple pie nutritional facts

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