Saturday, May 4, 2013

Salted Caramel Pie

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It’s time for caramel y’all. My foodie besties and I are celebrating spring and Cinco De Mayo with a CARAMEL WEEK! I’m not sure why, but the timing was great, because I’ve had some major caramel hankerin’s lately.

It came to me in a dream one night, and thus I adapted this pie from my Nutella Pie.

Not really from a dream – well, maybe a daydream.

You know, it’s like I literally have visions of sugarplum fairies (and unicorns) dancing around in my head all day.

I once told my mom inside my head looks like a box of Trix exploded. #nojoke

How many hash tags have you used lately?

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Mama brought me this BOMB DOT COM (that’s right) caramel sauce recently. BY ALL MEANS, if you’re totally an over-achiever, make your own caramel sauce.

But … I’ve had two caramel fails, and feeling a little guilty about wasting so much butter, I decided I’d use this delectable treat.

Fran’s is based out of Seattle, and mom read all about it and ordered us some chocolates and various treats to try. Couldn’t pick a favorite if I had to. Next time I visit Country Cleaver, we’re making a pit stop at Fran’s.

Another good choice is the Salted Caramel from Trader Joe’s, but there are no TJ in Austin.

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This icebox pie is perfect for caramel since it can get so sickly sweet – this way the fluffed up whipped cream brings a nice air to it.

Add more whip cream, and it’s like a mousse.

Layer it with chocolate cookies, brownies, or cake, and you’ve got trifle.

It’s versatility at it’s best people.

Plus, no turning on the oven.

Holla’!

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I made a little extra so I’d have individuals to share with friends, and a whole pie for me!

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Be sure to check out everyone else’s DELICIOUS CARAMEL CREATIONS for our #themeweek.

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~Peace, Love, and Salty Caramel Y’all

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Salted Caramel Pie

adapted from my Nutella Pie

Ingredients:

2 cups crushed chocolate wafer cookies
4 tablespoons butter, melted
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
11 oz. caramel sauce
1 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mini pretzels, for garnish

Directions:

Place chocolate cookie wafers in a sealed bag. Crush with a rolling pin until cookies become fine crumbs. Pour in melted butter, and mix around until thoroughly coated. Press the mixture into a 9 inch pie plate, or individual ramekins, saving a few pinches of crumbs for the garnish.

In a bowl, mix the cream cheese and 3/4 cup powdered sugar using electric beaters, about one minute. Add 11 oz. caramel sauce and beat until fluffy, about three minutes. Don't stop once it's just combined - three minutes adds air, making it nice and fluffy. In a separate bowl, beat whipping cream, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar until stiff peaks have formed - this takes about 3-4 minutes. Starting with 1/3 of the whipped cream mixture, fold the whipped cream into the caramel mixture. Once it's combined, add the remaining whipped cream to the caramel mixture, folding gently until thoroughly mixed. Pour the mixture into a 9 inch cookie crust. Top with mini pretzels and crushed cookie crumbs, or simply a drizzle of hot fudge. Freeze 4 hours or until firm. When ready to serve, let the pie sit out 20 minutes to soften.

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26 Responses to “Salted Caramel Pie”

  1. 1

    CARAMEL WEEK: Caramel Banana Bread Pudding | La Petite Pancake — April 29, 2013 @ 11:10 am

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    Caramel Week continues with Alfajores: Caramel Shortbread Sandwich Cookies | Comfortably Domestic — May 1, 2013 @ 7:52 am

    […] Suddenly, I’m in love with Argentinian customs. Jeanne put her spin on the South-American-spin-on-the-Spanish cookie by infusing cocoa into her recipe with her Chocolate Alfajores filled with Vanilla Bean Caramel. Hello, Old Friends. Why don’t you pull up a chair and we’ll have a little snack. I opted for taking the traditional route with my alfajores. These sandwich cookies are so simple that they are a new staple in our Cookie Rotation.  I whipped up a batch of my my favorite shortbread cookie dough, rolled it out and cut the dough into 1 1/2-inch rounds, before baking them to a golden, buttery perfection. Once the cookies had cooled, I slathered on a healthy layer of that creamy dulce de leche that I oh-so-effortlessly made in the slow cooker the other day. After sufficient slathering, I topped the gooey caramel filling with another cookie–sandwich style–before promptly devouring it. Then I painstakingly repeated the process two three more times, in the name of blog research. Dedication to my craft, Friends. Pure, unadulterated dedication to my craft. Eventually, I stuffed myself moved on to assembling the remaining sandwich cookies to share with my friends. The Friends were quite pleased. You will be too, right after you bake a batch of Alfajores and take a bite of their sweet, buttery, caramel perfection. ♥♥♥ For more high-stakes Caramel Week fun today, be sure to wander over to see Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks-Almost-Famous Fairground Caramel Sauce, and  Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain-Dulce de Leche Milkshakes with Caramel Drizzle. The rest of Caramel Week is shaking out with more gooey goodness on Thursday with Kat @ Tenaciously Yours-Popcorn Crunch Sundae, and Beka’s @ Kvetchin’ Kitchen is back with a Red Wine Caramel Sauce. On Friday, Megan @ Country Cleaver checks in with Pear Caramel Mini Cheesecakes, and Madeline @ Munching in the Mitten bakes a Caramel Cake. Tell the girls that I said “Hi!” but whatever you do, be sure to come back on Saturday for more Caramel Week fun when I share a Dulce de Leche Coffee Creamer that will cement your love affair with java for life. My friend Katie @ Hill Country Cook will be joining in with a Salted Caramel Pie. […]

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — May 4, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    Gurrrrrlfriend! These are so freakin’ sa-weet! I need to action these immediately!

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    Allison @ Decadent Philistines Save the World — May 4, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    These look a-maaaaaaaaaaaazing! I want them all in mah belly right now!

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    Renee Berry — May 4, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

    You are the best and these are absolutely beautiful…….I sure they taste wonderful!!! love you Bug

    • katieb replied: — May 5th, 2013 @ 9:54 am

      THAAAAANK YOU AUNT RENEEEEEE!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — May 4, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

    These caramel pies look amazing. Hope the bake sale in Austin went good today!

    • katieb replied: — May 5th, 2013 @ 9:54 am

      It went really well! Last I heard, they raised $15,000 and still counting! (There were several locations)

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    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — May 5, 2013 @ 6:09 am

    I absolutely love salted caramel, your pies look amazing!

    • katieb replied: — May 5th, 2013 @ 9:53 am

      Thank you! I’ve definitely been on a salted caramel kick lately!

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    Banbury Hills — May 5, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    These look good, I’ve never had that combo before but I LOVE caramel and LOVE pretzels so why not together!?

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    Julia — May 6, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    That whipped cream looks craaaaazy good! We all deserve a salted caramel pie first thing Monday morning in my opinion… 😉

    • katieb replied: — May 6th, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

      That is a GREAT idea Julia!!! Thumbs up!

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    Jeanne (NanaBread) — May 6, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    I’m making this for my next Bunco gathering. The ladies will DIE over this one! Great job, Katie!

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    katie — May 9, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    these look so good!

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    Kat — May 14, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

    OH EM GEE. Lady, this comment is so overdue, and I am so sorry for that. I just wanted to say that 1. I would like to eat that entire pie myself (put both hands up if you have no shame!) 2. The cookie crust-caramel combo makes me want to weep. XOXO

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    Missy — June 11, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    Hi! These look super yummy! I was just wondering where the “salted caramel” came in though? Sorry if I missed it!

    • katieb replied: — June 11th, 2013 @ 6:17 pm

      Good question Missy… the caramel is in the filling, and the salt is just from the pretzels. Not technically a salted caramel, but more of that delicious salty/sweet combo! Hope you enjoy it.

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    Helen Stull — June 11, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    Love the recipes

    • katieb replied: — June 11th, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

      Thank you Helen! Hope you find lots you enjoy! And if you have one you’d like to share, pass it along!

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    Jill — July 17, 2013 @ 4:59 pm

    This hardly qualifies as pie. No credible Southern (American) cook would serve this as such. It is dessert, for sure, but not pie. It’s a parfait. See a recipe for a caramel chess pie, if you want a legitimate offering.

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    Caramel Week continues with Alfajores: Caramel Shortbread Sandwich Cookies — August 5, 2015 @ 3:46 pm

    […] Suddenly, I’m in love with Argentinian customs. Jeanne put her spin on the South-American-spin-on-the-Spanish cookie by infusing cocoa into her recipe with her Chocolate Alfajores filled with Vanilla Bean Caramel. Hello, Old Friends. Why don’t you pull up a chair and we’ll have a little snack. I opted for taking the traditional route with my alfajores. These sandwich cookies are so simple that they are a new staple in our Cookie Rotation.  I whipped up a batch of my my favorite shortbread cookie dough, rolled it out and cut the dough into 1 1/2-inch rounds, before baking them to a golden, buttery perfection. Once the cookies had cooled, I slathered on a healthy layer of that creamy dulce de leche that I oh-so-effortlessly made in the slow cooker the other day. After sufficient slathering, I topped the gooey caramel filling with another cookie–sandwich style–before promptly devouring it. Then I painstakingly repeated the process two three more times, in the name of blog research. Dedication to my craft, Friends. Pure, unadulterated dedication to my craft. Eventually, I stuffed myself moved on to assembling the remaining sandwich cookies to share with my friends. The Friends were quite pleased. You will be too, right after you bake a batch of Alfajores and take a bite of their sweet, buttery, caramel perfection. ♥♥♥ For more high-stakes Caramel Week fun today, be sure to wander over to see Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks-Almost-Famous Fairground Caramel Sauce, and  Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain-Dulce de Leche Milkshakes with Caramel Drizzle. The rest of Caramel Week is shaking out with more gooey goodness on Thursday with Kat @ Tenaciously Yours-Popcorn Crunch Sundae, and Beka’s @ Kvetchin’ Kitchen is back with a Red Wine Caramel Sauce. On Friday, Megan @ Country Cleaver checks in with Pear Caramel Mini Cheesecakes, and Madeline @ Munching in the Mitten bakes a Caramel Cake. Tell the girls that I said “Hi!” but whatever you do, be sure to come back on Saturday for more Caramel Week fun when I share a Dulce de Leche Coffee Creamer that will cement your love affair with java for life. My friend Katie @ Hill Country Cook will be joining in with a Salted Caramel Pie. […]

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