Amish No-Mess Caramel Pie I first came across in the Amish settlement of Aylmer, Ontario. I had always wanted to make it - and try it - before but the idea of the caramelly mess on the bottom of a saucepan always scared me away.
But, turns out, I was unnecessarily scared. Friends Paula and Jay tried making it recently and said the stainless steel pan was easy to clean. The generous amounts of brown sugar in the pie might send a super sweet signal, but Jay it was not overpoweringly so.
🍮 The Amish and Caramel
Yes, the Amish do make homemade caramel. In fact, homemade caramels are a popular treat in Amish communities and is often given as gifts or sold at local markets. Amish caramel is typically made with simple ingredients, such as butter, sugar, cream, and vanilla extract. It is known for being soft, chewy, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Here are some reasons why Amish people make homemade caramel:
- It is a traditional Amish recipe that has been passed down for generations.
- It is a relatively simple recipe that can be made with basic ingredients.
- Amish people often have large families and homemade caramel is a great way to use up extra milk and cream.
- Amish people often sell homemade caramel as a way to supplement their income.
If you are looking for a delicious and authentic Amish treat, be sure to try some homemade Amish caramel. You won't be disappointed! You can make the homemade caramel as an ice cream topper, as candy, or, in this case, a caramel pie recipe! And this pie does not take much prep time.
📋 Tips for Super Homemade Caramel
Here are some tips for making great caramel:
- Use a heavy-bottomed saucepan. This will help prevent the caramel from burning.
- Don't stir the caramel while it's cooking. Stirring can cause the sugar to crystallize, which will make the caramel grainy.
- Use a candy thermometer. This will help you ensure that the caramel reaches the correct temperature. The ideal temperature for making caramel is 236-240 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Don't overcook the caramel. If you overcook it, it will become hard and brittle.
Here are some additional tips:
- Add a splash of cream or water to the saucepan before you start cooking the sugar. This will help prevent the sugar from crystallizing.
- If the caramel starts to crystallize, you can try to save it by adding a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar.
- If the caramel is too hard, you can soften it by warming it up in the microwave or on the stovetop.
- Add different flavors to your caramel by adding spices, extracts, or fruits.
- Use caramel to make candy apples, dipped pretzels, or caramel popcorn.
📜 Step-by-Step Caramel Pie
Boil brown sugar, water, and butter mixture together for 2 or 3 minutes for a good strong caramel flavor
The only thing you have to bake with this recipe is a pie crust.
You can add some chocolate to the mixture to give your pie a more nutella like taste. This pie slices very well and is super with cool-whip. Oh, and add some sea salt if you want a sea salt caramel taste! Or add sliced apples and make it a caramel apple pie. The possibilities are endless!
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🖨️ Full Recipe
No-Mess Caramel Pie
- 3 cups brown sugar
- 3 cups water
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup flour
- 3 cups milk
- six egg yolks
- Boil brown sugar, water and butter together for 2 or 3 minutes for a good strong caramel flavor.
- In a separate bowl, mix flour, milk, and egg yolks.
- Slowly stir the flour mixture into the still boiling syrup, stirring constantly until it comes to a re-boil.
- Allow to boil for 1 minute and then remove from the heat; cool 5 minutes and stir once.
- Pour into 2 baked pie shells. Allow pie to cool and top with whipped cream.