7-8(about 2 pounds)Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored, sliced crosswise about ¼-inch thinshorter slices will fit better in the pie shell
¼cupall purpose flour
Streusel Crumb Topping
1cupall purpose flour
½cupdark brown sugar
8tablespoonsunsalted butter, cut into pieces
1jarsea salt caramel sauce, good qualityor regular caramel sauce
Preheat oven to 375º
In large bowl, toss apples with 6 other ingredients (spices, lemon juice, sugar and flour) until well combined. Set aside.
Make streusel topping:
In another bowl, mix together first 6 ingredients (flour, sugars and spices).
Add chilled butter pieces and cut in with finger tips or a pastry blender until the consistency of coarse crumbs.
Add oats and pecans, toss to combine. Chill until ready to assemble pie.
Add apple filling to frozen pie shell, press down gently to compact and fill any pockets.
Sprinkle ½ of the streusel topping evenly over the top (about 2 cups) and press down gently again. Refrigerate remaining crumb topping.
Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven and carefully sprinkle on the remaining streusel topping, press down lightly if needed.
Continue baking another 25 to 40 minutes until golden brown and apples are tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour total.
* Cover crust edges with foil if getting too brown.
Cool on wire rack at least 20 to 30 minutes. Drizzle whole pie or individual slices with sea salt caramel sauce. Serve warm or room temperature with more caramel sauce and/or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
The apples fit a little easier in the pie shell if cut into smaller crosswise pieces.
Let the chilled butter soften just a little bit, it'll be easier to cut/mix in that way. Still chilled, but not concrete hard!
You do not need to thaw or pre-bake the pie shell before filling with the apples.
Store the pie in the refrigerator. It'll cut easier and individual pieces warm easily in the microwave. I store it uncovered in the fridge so the plastic wrap doesn't stick to the caramel. It only lasted 2 days in my house!
Use sea salt or regular caramel sauce, just purchase a good quality caramel sauce. The amount you use is to taste, but count on at least a half cup or more.