Salted caramel pie is one of those decadent desserts that make every celebration totally worth it! This is especially true for a holiday like Thanksgiving if you want to serve a dessert that is really decadent but not your regular pumpkin or sweet potato pie! Make sure you read this article till the end to know how to make this decadent goodness!
Salted caramel pie is truly a boon to the dessert world. It is tricky to make caramel from scratch, no doubt about that. But luckily, that will not really be the case with this particular recipe as we will be following an utterly easy method to make the filling, which I can guarantee will not end up burning your hand!
Trust me, I have way too many caramel burns on my hand, so I wanted to make this recipe as easy as possible, especially for people new to baking. So, beginners in the kitchen or just with baking don’t need to worry about hot, bubbly caramel! Moreover, another good news here is that the crust is made with graham crackers.
So, that makes it even easier. Although, you will have to wait a little while for the pie to set. But the end product is gooey and decadent goodness, combined with the crispy crust and salty sea salt flavor, creating a true symphony of textures and flavors too!
Today’s article will teach you how to make this pie, along with a complete guide. The recipe also includes the pie’s equipment, time, and nutritional information, to make it much easier for everyone! So without further delay, let us dive into this gooey pie recipe which will surely make your Thanksgiving extra indulgent!
Other Thanksgiving Recipes That You Can Try
- Pecan Cheesecake Pie
- Bourbon Pecan Pie
- Purple Sweet Potato Pie
- Alton Brown’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chef John’s Pumpkin Pie
- Pear Pie
- Baked Brie With Pecans
- Brown Butter Sweet Potato Pie
- Pecan Pie Cookies
- Apple Pie By Grandma Ople
What Equipment Will You Need To Make Salted Caramel Pie?
- Measuring Cups – Starting with baking basics, you will need a set of measuring cups to get precise measurements of all the ingredients.
- Measuring Spoons – For ingredients needed in a much smaller quantity, you will need a set of measuring spoons.
- Whisk – You will need a whisk to mix the filling.
- Food Processor – A food processor or heavy-duty mixer will be needed to make the pie crust easily.
- Bowl – A large bowl will be needed for this recipe.
- Baking Dish – You will need a deep baking dish, roughly 9 inches to 12 inches, to make the salted caramel filling.
- Baking Tray – You will need a slightly deep baking tray for this recipe, as we will have to add water to it and make a hot water bath to make the salted caramel filling.
- Pie Pan – A pie pan roughly 9-10 inches in diameter will be needed to make this recipe.
- Plastic Wrap – A piece of plastic wrap will be placed on top of the filling once lined in the pie pan to ensure that it cools evenly without forming a skin.
- Spatula – Lastly, you will need a silicone spatula to be able to transfer the filling from one bowl to the other.
How Much Time Will You Need To Make Salted Caramel Pie?
|Preparation Time||Baking Time||Chilling Time||Total Time|
|30 Minutes||2 Hours 15 Minutes||4 Hours||6 Hours 45 Minutes|
What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Salted Caramel Pie?
For The Crust :
- Graham Crackers – As I mentioned earlier, we will make the pie crust with graham crackers for this recipe. So, you will need 1 ½ cups of graham cracker crumbs, which should be somewhere around 5-6 ounces.
- Unsalted Butter – You will need four tablespoons of melted unsalted butter for this recipe for the graham crackers to clump together. I would highly recommend not using salted butter as that will vary the flavor of the pie.
- Light Brown Sugar – Lastly, to give the crust a sweet and balanced flavor that goes well with the filling, you will need ¼ cup of light brown sugar. Light brown sugar is the best bet here, as it will provide just the right amount of moisture to the crust.
For The Filling :
- Sweetened Condensed Milk – So, the secret of this recipe is finally out! Yes, we will be making the caramel filling with decadent sweetened condensed milk. For this recipe, you will need two cans with a weight of 14 ounces each.
- Sea Salt – You will need sea salt to give the salted caramel pie a salty flavor. Half a teaspoon of it will be enough for this recipe.
Steps To Make Salted Caramel Pie
1. Make The Pie Crust
The first step in this recipe is to make the pie crust and let it chill. For that, first, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Now in the food processor, pulse the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and brown sugar until everything is well combined.
Once all of it is combined, transfer this mix into the pie pan and push it down with the help of the base of a measuring cup. Ensure that the crust sticks to the pie pan’s sides properly. Then, bake the crust for 10 minutes in the preheated oven until it is slightly golden brown. Take it out of the oven once it is done, and chill.
2. Make The Filling
Once the crust is safely out of the oven, increase the temperature to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Empty out all the condensed milk into the baking dish and sprinkle half a teaspoon of sea salt on it. Cover it with foil and place the baking dish into the deep baking tray. Then fill it with water, just until it is halfway full.
You can also use a roasting pan if you don’t have a deep enough tray. Then, place the baking tray into the oven, and let the condensed milk bake for roughly 2 hours. If the water starts to evaporate completely, keep adding in more.
Moreover, take the foil off the baking dish every 30 minutes and whisk the filling. After the two-hour mark, your filling should look like dulce de leche. You can then take it out of the oven and can move on to the next step.
3. Assemble The Pie And Chill
Once the filling is ready and out of the oven, scrape it into the pie pan lined with the crust, making sure you spread it evenly all around. Then, spray a sheet of plastic wrap with some vegetable oil spray and place it over the filling, before which the filling should be smooth.
Refrigerate the pie for at least 4 hours or overnight if you can resist that long! Once the filling is properly set, take the pie out of the refrigerator and slice it. Serve with all your favorite toppings!
What Can Salted Caramel Pie Be Served With?
- Whipped Cream – Some cold and sweet whipped cream is probably the best topping you can serve with a salted caramel pie.
- Caramelized Bananas – You must have heard of a banoffee pie before. You can easily make one of your own by adding a layer of caramelized bananas to this pie! Also, try serving some whipped cream with it to get complete indulgence.
- Dark Chocolate – Yes, dark chocolate and salted caramel are one of the best combinations out there! So, you can either melt some dark chocolate or even chocolate truffle on top of the pie and serve it to enjoy some decadence!
- Vanilla Ice Cream – Another way to enjoy this sweet treat is with a scoop of plain vanilla ice cream. As a bonus, you can top the ice cream with hot chocolate fudge.
- Popcorn – Salted caramel popcorn is a thing, so why not combine it with more decadent salted caramel? Top your salted caramel pie with either plain buttered popcorn or salted caramel popcorn to enjoy some crunch with the decadence.
- Nut Pralines – One last way to enjoy this pie, one of my favorite ways, is to serve it with some crunchy nut praline! You can use any nut of your choice, but I recommend pecan or almond praline.
|Saturated Fat||15 g|
|Vitamin A||30 IU|
|Vitamin C||0 mg|
What Will The Salted Caramel Pie Look And Taste Like?
Regardless of how straightforward this recipe is, I know that baking can cause many jitters. Of course, if you are new to baking, where everything has to be precise, it is followed by some anticipation to know what sort of end product you are supposed to get. Let me help you with that.
Starting the way this pie is supposed to look, it will have a rich caramel color from the caramelized condensed milk. The filling will look quite similar to dulce de leche and will surely hold its place once it is cool and has set. You can top the pie with a pinch of sea salt, just for added appeal.
Now coming to the flavor of this pie, using the word ‘decadent’ is surely an understatement for this pie. This pie is soft and gooey, and the filling almost melts in your mouth. The sweet flavor of the caramel filling with the sea salt creates a lovely balance. Moreover, when eaten with the crispy pie crust, the soft filling also creates a lovely texture and mouthfeel.
Salted Caramel Pie Recipe
For The Crust
- 1 1/2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
- 4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter (melted)
- 1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
For The Filling
- 28 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
For The Pie Crust
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In the food processor, pulse together the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and brown sugar until everything is combined together.
- Transfer this mix into the pie pan and push it down with the back of a measuring cup, making sure it covers all the sides and the base.
- Bake the crust in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, until it is slightly golden brown. Take it out of the oven and let it chill.
For The Filling
- Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Empty out the condensed milk in a baking dish and sprinkle with sea salt.
- Cover with foil and place in a deep baking tray. Fill it halfway with water.
- Place the baking tray in the oven and let the condensed milk bake for 2 hours. Add more water if the water in the baking tray starts to evaporate.
- Take the foil off every 30 minutes and whisk it.
- After the two hour mark, take it out of the oven.
Assembling The Pie
- Scrap the filling out into the pie pan lined with the crust and smoothen the top.
- Spray a piece of plastic wrap with vegetable oil spray and place it over the pie.
- Refrigerate the pie for 4 hours and then, slice and serve.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can this pie be made ahead of time?
Yes, this pie can be made ahead of time. However, I suggest not assembling it until you want to eat it. You can make the filling and the crust separately and then combine the two together a few hours before serving the pie.
Can a regular shortcrust pie crust be used to make the base?
Not for this recipe, as a shortcrust base will not give you a crumbly mouthfeel, which is really what complements the smooth filling perfectly.
Can regular salt be used instead of sea salt to make the filling?
I would recommend using sea salt and not regular salt, just because of the added texture and also flavor of the same.
Can this pie be converted into a banoffee pie?
Yes, you can also use the same recipe to make a banoffee pie! Just simply add a layer of caramelized bananas either at the base of the pie or on top.
Will the salt dissolve once it is added to the condensed milk?
Yes, the salt will dissolve while you bake the sweetened condensed milk.
Is chilling the pie for four hours necessary once it is done?
Yes, it is necessary to chill the pie for a minimum of four hours; otherwise, the filling will not be set and runny.
Can spices be added to the filling?
It isn’t really necessary, as the flavor of caramel is quite rich in itself. But, if you would still like to add spices to it, I would recommend adding ground cinnamon and ginger, as they enhance the flavor quite well.
Salted Caramel pie is really easy to make and one of the most decadent desserts you could ever enjoy! The smooth filling with the crunch from the crust creates a wonderful symphony of flavors and textures. Moreover, the best part is that it will barely take you any energy to whip one of these up!