Apple Pie with Salted Caramel

No need to make this pie --just make the caramel! It only takes 20 minutes.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min (plus cooling)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons water

1/4 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pinch of kosher salt

1 store-bought double-crust apple pie

Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling

Directions

  1. Put the sugar in a small nonstick skillet, sprinkle with the lemon juice and water and cook over medium-low heat, stirring, just until the sugar dissolves. Stop stirring and cook, swirling the skillet occasionally, until the mixture turns amber, 4 to 5 minutes. Watch closely--this happens quickly.
  2. Carefully add the heavy cream (the mixture will bubble up) and stir. Stir in the butter until smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and kosher salt. Transfer to a bowl and let cool, at least 30 minutes.
  3. Spread the cooled caramel on the pie. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt before serving.