Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

Two of our sweetest dresses ever just arrived in our October release. The Sweetie Pie Dress and Best Recipe Dress are a coordinating sister set, both featuring a super-fun caramel apple pie print. Not only is the delicious pie included in the print, but also the recipe! When designing the fall release, Design Director Meagan drew inspiration from her favorite parts of fall and childhood memories. Each Thanksgiving, Meagan and her mom bake a homemade apple pie, which has turned into one of her favorite traditions. Meagan worked closely with Print Artist Maggie to bring this nostalgic tradition to life through the caramel apple pie print!

Ready to whip up this delicious pie? Here are the full instructions…

Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 90 minutes
Serves: 8

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 deep dish pie crusts, rolled out
  • 1 egg white, beaten with 1 tsp water
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar

For the salted caramel sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/3 light corn syrup
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

For the apple filling

  • 4 lbs. Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and each cut into 8 slices
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS

Roll out both pieces of pie crust, placing one of them in the bottom of a 9″ pie dish, gently pressing into the dish. Trim excess dough and re-roll the scraps, cutting out shapes using decorative pie cutters. Refrigerate the pie shell, cutouts and remaining dough for 30 minutes.

To prepare the apples, in a large Dutch oven over medium heat, stir together the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are just tender, about 20 minutes. Uncover and let cool to room temperature. Stir in the cornstarch.

To prepare the caramel, in a heavy 4-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt. Cook until the mixture is bubbling vigorously, about 9 minutes, stirring only during the first 2 – 3 minutes of cooking. Remove from heat and carefully stir in 1/4 cup of the cream, then stir in the remaining 1/4 cup cream. Let cool until just warm.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Let the pie shell, cutouts and dough round stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the apple mixture and 3/4 cup of the caramel; reserve the remaining caramel for serving. Pour the apple filling into the pie shell and place the top crust over the pie. Trim the edges flush with the rim and press the top and bottom crusts together. Brush the underside of the cutouts with egg wash and gently arrange them on the pie. Brush the entire top crust with egg wash and sprinkle with the granulated sugar.

Place the pie dish on a baking sheet. Bake until the crust is golden brown, about 1 hour; check the pie after 30 minutes and cover the top and edges with foil if they become too dark. Let the pie cool on a wire rack for at least 2 1/2 hours before serving. Warm the reserved caramel sauce and serve alongside the pie for drizzling.

     

How to Mix and Match Our Girls Fall Separates

One of our very favorite things about our Girls line is that each piece is designed to mix and match back to other pieces in the line. Our fall collection, particularly the October release, is filled with gorgeous autumn styles that all pair beautifully together. Just a few pieces can create so many outfits for endless pairing possibilities!

We want to help you get the most out of each item by creating a mini capsule wardrobe. You’ll want to select pieces that all pair back to each other with ease (which is super easy at Matilda Jane). We recommend starting with five items, which can mix and match into seven different outfits. You’ll want to choose two tops, two bottoms and one dress. Here’s how you can do it for October.

For the tops, we chose our new Flower Forest Tunic and the Oh Sugar Tunic. We selected two different styles of bottoms — the Just For Fun Benny and the Ruffle Jegging. Although we have so many lovely dresses to choose from, we opted for the Sweetie Pie Dress, which has a super fun skirt! Now it’s time to mix and match!

october mix and match guide - girls separates

Now it’s your turn! Share with us how you mix and match your Matilda Jane styles on Instagram using the hashtag #mjmixandmatch so we can see your combinations!

     

October 2020 Collection Inspiration

Get ready to say hello to October! September is one of our favorite months of the year, which can make it hard to say goodbye. However, our October release is so exciting that we’re happily leaping to the next month! We sat down with Design Director, Meagan Miller, to chat all things October from where she drew inspiration to her favorite styles.

MJC: What inspired you for the October release?

Meagan Miller: “I really love texture and all things cozy. October is always the perfect month to introduce warm sweaters and textured knits like waffle and ribs. We often think about the things we are doing with our friends and family during the fall months, like apple picking, going to pumpkin patches and maybe having a bonfire on a cool night — but this October we were inspired by what takes place inside the home. What do you do after the apple farm? Bake a pie. Can some jelly. We just loved all the memories we shared amongst the team from our personal childhoods during this time. It was very inspiring.”

October Inspiration

MJC: Tell us a little about the color palette!

MM: “I personally love this color palette so much. It’s happy and girly, with touches of earth tones that offer a bit of softness and richness at the same time. I just adore how the pink and turquoise pair with the rusty brown and ochre. It certainly reminds me of the leaves changing as we transition from summer to fall and the beauty within that.”

october patterns

MJC: So pretty! Can you tell us about any extra special details incorporated into the patterns?

MM: “Yes! The Sweetie Pie Dress and Best Recipe Dress have an actual pie recipe on the skirt. Baking a pie as a child with my mom was something I loved doing. To this day, we still share that bonding moment the night before Thanksgiving every year.”

MJC: That’s so sweet — we love that! How is this October different from previous releases?

MM: “You will see an introduction of a lot of textured fabrics like waffle knits, chiffon swiss dots and crinkle gauzes. There are also a lot of cozy pieces compared to prior months as we transition into winter.”

MJC: Which girls’ style is your favorite from this release?

MM: “The Forever and Ever Dress — I can not wait to see little girls running and twirling in this one. It is super soft, has a slight texture and an incredibly full skirt for that perfect twirl moment. This dress is where pink meets the rusty brown hue in the most magical way. It doesn’t get any better!”

MJC: Lastly, which women’s style are you most excited to wear?

MM: “I love the Botanical Beauty Top for its beautiful print and color. There are so many stylish ways to wear it — with jeans or a great legging, depending on your occasion!”

Which style are you most excited to shop this October? Comment below!