Apple Pie ala Mode with Salted Caramel


Apple Pie Ala ModeApple Pie ala Mode is one of my favorite desserts but once the boys were out on their own one of my biggest challenges was what to do with full size desserts. Even more so today since Mike has diabetes and the last thing I need is a whole pie! The neighbors can only eat so much!

So I came up with an Apple Pie ala Mode ala minute. A way to have apple pie, with or without the ice cream, at a moment’s notice. And what an apple pie –spiced apples, pate brisee crust and vanilla ice cream all topped off with a salted caramel sauce.

The salt can be omitted from the sauce if desired or more can be added. But this is, hands down the best caramel sauce to be found. It’s also one of the easiest. You don’t even need a thermometer. Think of everything you can do with it. World class turtle sundaes, apple slices dipped in the sauce, or just drizzled (heavily!) on vanilla ice cream. It tastes just like my favorite ice cream, Hagan Das Caramel Cone ice cream. How much better can this sauce get. Oh, did I mention it only takes about 15 minutes to make. Easy enough to always have on hand.

This sauce is from Averie Cooks who has a great blog.  She is correct in that is is a really easy recipe to make. Just make sure you take the sugar syrup dark enough.

Salted Caramel SauceIngredients
1/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup 40% or heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 to 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
2 teaspoons vanilla

In a heavy saucepan that is at least 4 times as big as the ingredients, place the water, sugar and cornsyrup. Water and sugar in panBring to a boil, stirring until it comes to a full boil. Syrup at full boilBoil until it becomes a deep golden color.Color of sugar syrup

Remove from the heat immediately and add the cream very carefully as it will boil up furiously.  The photo below shows the steam coming from the boiling mixture.Cream bubbling upIf the cream clumps up in the bottom, put the pan over the heat again and heat over low, stirring constantly, until it is smooth. Stir in the butter, salt and vanilla. Butter in saucePour into a container.

Store at room temperature for several days or hold for longer in the refrigerator.

Finished SauceCaramel in jarMakes about 1 cup.

Pate Brisee Pastry

See A French Pastry for the recipe and how to photographs.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Set aside.

Roll the pastry to about 1/8 inch thick. Dough rolled outCut 4″ rounds of pastry and place on the baking sheets. Cough with cutterRe-roll the pastry and cut out additional rounds. You should be able to get 12 pastry rounds between rolling the pastry out twice.  The re-rolls will be a bit denser than the first rolls.  however, they will be just as good.  Two rounds side by side

Chill the dough until firm, but not frozen, then prick well with a fork. Dough pricking Double pan and bake between 20 and 25 minutes until golden brown.Double pan If you are not going to use all 12 rounds, place the extras in the freezer and add several minutes to the baking time when needed.

Apple FillingIngredients
1 1/2 pounds apples, before prepping (454 grams or 1 pound or 4 cups when prepped)
1/4 cup sugar (50 grams or 1 3/4 ounces)
2 tablespoons brown sugar (25 grams or 3/4 ounce)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon lemon rind
3 tablespoons butter (45 grams or 1 1/2 ounces)
1 tablespoon brandy
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

Peel and slice the apples about 1/4 inch thick. Cut the slices in half.

Combine the sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon rind. Add to the apples and mix well.Apple ingred. in bowlApple ingred. mixed

Melt the butter in a sauté pan. Butter melted in panAdd the apples. Apples in panStir well. Bring to a boil and place a lid on top. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook until the apples are tender but still have some body.Cooked apples

Combine the brandy and lemon juice. Whisk in the cornstarch.Liquid and cornstarch Cornstarch in applesAdd to the apples and cook at a boil for 1 minute.Cooked apples in pan

Cool completely.  To cool them quickly, spread them out on a tray.Quick cooling apples

Yield:  4 to 6 servings.

Pate brisee round
Apple filling
Vanilla Ice Cream
Salted Caramel Sauce, warmed slightly

Place pastry round on the plate. Top with Apple filling. Place a generous scoop of ice cream on top of the apples and spoon on the salted caramel sauce.

Serve at once.

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8 thoughts on “Apple Pie ala Mode with Salted Caramel

  1. Vivian Vuong

    Helen, this question is off the topic. Do you have a recipe for a tuxedo cake. My husband’s birthday is coming up, and that is his favorite cake. I would like to make it for him. I haven’t found a decent recipe that I can try. Thank you.

      1. Vivian Vuong

        It’s a marble cake with white and chocolate mousse sandwiched between the cake layers topped with a chocolate ganache.

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