This recipe is a fun take on your traditional apple pie. Full of the familiar spiced apple flavors, but topped with a buttery granola crumble.
Using a crisp apple variety allows you to cook the apples so they are tender, but still maintain a little crunch. No more mushy apples.
I prefer Honeycrisp apples, they are crisp and distinctly sweet and hold up well to cooking in pies. Gala or Fuji apples are both great options as well.
There are few hidden secrets within this recipe. First, I used store-bought granola loaded with sweet oats, nuts and raisins. A delicious short cut that makes this dessert especially easy.
I also par cook the spiced apples in a skillet to draw out the natural juices. Then with a little heat and constant stirring, I turn those juices into a delicious apple caramel sauce.
Perfect by itself or topped with vanilla ice cream.
- 5 crisp apples such as Honeycrisp, Gala or Fuji, peeled, cored and cut into ½ inch thick slices
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp all spice
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 cup store-bought oat granola
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine your apple slices, lemon juice, cinnamon, all spice, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Melt 2 tbsp of the unsalted butter in a medium skillet on medium heat. Once melted, add in your spiced apples and cook, stirring occasionally. Continue until the apples are softened, but still maintain their form, about 10 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer your apples to a pie dish, leaving the juices behind in the skillet. Set apples to the side for now. Your skillet should have a decent amount of juices remaining in it. Turn the heat up to medium high, and bring to a slow boil while stirring constantly. The juice is full of sugar, so be careful not to let it get too hot or it will burn. You are wanting the juices to reduce to 1/3 of what it originally was, thickening into a caramel sauce. This should take about 5 minutes.
- Once your reduction has thickened to the right consistency, carefully pour over your apples.
- Melt the remaining 2 tbsp of butter in the microwave using a microwave safe dish. Place your granola into a medium sized bowl and pour the melted butter over your granola. Stir until the granola is coated sufficiently
- Sprinkle the granola over your caramel apples and place your pie dish in the oven. Bake until the granola is golden brown on top, about 10 minutes.
- Serve warm by itself or topped with vanilla ice cream.