This is a double crusted apple pie with a bottom layer of cream cheese and a thin layer of caramel over the apple filling. Absolutely marvelous flavor!
- 2 deep dish pie shells
- 3⁄4 cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 6 cups thinly sliced apples (peeled)
- 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1⁄2 cup caramel topping
- 1 (16 ounce) containerwhipped dessert topping (optional) or 1 (16 ounce) container whipped cream (optional)
- 2 (6 ounce) packagessoftened cream cheese
- Preheat oven and a cookie sheet to 400ºF.
- Stir together the sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon.
- Toss with the apples, vanilla and almond extract in a large mixing bowl.
- Press softened cream cheese into bottom of the pie shell.
- Pour the apple mixture into the unbaked pie shell.
- Drizzle the caramel topping over the top.
- Sprinkle with walnuts.
- Place the top crust over this and flute the edges.
- Cut slits in the top crust or poke with a fork to allow steam to escape.
- Sprinkle with sugar,and place on the preheated cookie sheet.
- Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until golden brown.
- Cover edges with foil to prevent them from burning.
- Cool for at least 1 hour before slicing.
- Serve with whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream and coffee.
My initial review would be 2 stars, but that may just be my results based on loose measuring and having very, very tart apples to begin with. I do think the walnuts overwhelmed the apple and cream cheese, instead of complementing; I may try this again with pecans. I did not use the full amount of cream cheese, as 12 oz sounded like an awful lot to me; I used about 6 oz and that seemed plenty. I also used brown sugar, but may try going 1/2 and 1/2 on that next time.
I loved the addition of the almond exract but the cream cheese was just too much. I think had it been either less or more of a cheesecake mixture that would have been better. I would also suggest baking the pie a bit longer. I also followed the suggestion of using brown sugar and extra extracts.
This was SOOOO GOOOOOD! This was also my first time making a pie and it was very easy. The only thing I changed was pecans instead of walnuts. I will definitely make this again for the holidays. I know everyone will love it.