Caramel Apple Pie

Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

(Please note: this recipe is not in the Rural Route 2 Cookbook)

4 or 5 fresh apples (cut into small pieces) or 4 cups of frozen apples
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (depending on how well you like the taste of cinnamon)

Pie Crust:
3 cups of flour
2/3 cup cooking oil (I like to use Grapeola)
1/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar

10 to 15 carmel candies (Kraft caramels or whatever brand you like)
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
1/4 cup brown sugar

Wash the apples and cut into small pieces and put them in a medium saucepan. Add water, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook over low to medium heat until apples are cooked down and the mixture becomes thick. (Depending on the apples, this will take maybe a half hour or so. I like to use Macintosh apples in the recipe but use whatever cooking apples you like or have available.)

When the filling is cooked, set aside and mix up the pie crust.

Measure out the flour, cooking oil, water, salt and sugar in a medium mixing bowl and work the mixture together with fork. If the mixture seems a little too moist, add flour by the tablespoon and work it in until the mixture is more crumbly. Use half the mixture to line a 10 inch pie plate. Pat the dough down on the bottom and on the sides. Spoon the pie filling into the pan.

Cut the caramel candies into small pieces and sprinkle over the pie filling. (You don’t have to chop them fine; cutting them into quarters is all that’s necessary). Sprinkle the chopped walnuts on top of the caramel candy pieces.

Mix a quarter cup of brown sugar with the remaining pie crust and mix in thoroughly. Sprinkle the crumble crust on top of the pie filling, caramel pieces and walnuts.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (or until the crumble crust is golden brown).

Allow to cool (at least somewhat!) before cutting. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.