Do you ever save things and then forget all about them? I do that often, especially when it comes to recipes.
The other day I was cleaning out desk drawers and in the back of one was a tattered and torn sheet of paper. Smoothed out it proved to be a recipe for a Caramel Pecan Upside Down Chai Apple Pie. It must have been the title that originally got my attention! I mean how could anybody not like a concoction of caramel, pecans and apples and the chai , well, that was intriguing.
It just so happened that it was my turn to prepare dinner for friends with whom we share meals every other week, and that was good enough excuse to give the recipe a try. I had everything on hand but the chai mix and pie crusts, but a quick trip to the store solved that. I had been a little worried about finding the chai concentrate, but it was right there with coffee and tea.
The recipe went together easily, and the result was better than good. I found myself wondering why I hadn’t tried this recipe long before now as it’s sure to become a house favorite. Ok, enough talking. Here is the recipe and I hope you will enjoy it as much as the four of us did.
Caramel Pecan Upside Down Chai Apple Pie
For the crust: 1 c. pecans, 1/3 c. melted butter, 1/2 c. packed brown sugar, 2 pie crusts (I used purchased ones which were flaky and good.)
For the filling: 3 c. peeled, cored and sliced apples’ 3 T. butter 2/3 c. chai tea latte concentrate; dash of cinnamon and cloves; 2 T. brown sugar.
In a 9″ pie plate combine pecans, melted butter and 1/2 c. brown sugar. Cover with one of the pie crusts. In a skillet cook apples with 3 T. of butter for about 2 minutes. Add the chai tea latte concentrate, cover and cook 2-3 minutes. Add cinnamon and cloves. Drain apples and place in the pie crust. Sprinkle with 2 T. brown sugar. Cover with second crust, seal edges and cut a few slits in the top to vent. Bake at 375 about 40 minutes or until crust is nicely browned. As soon as the pie comes out of the oven, turn it upside down on a serving plate.
The hubby thinks all apple pie should be accompanied by ice cream, but this one has such yummy flavors, it doesn’t need anything else.
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