Chef John's Easy Apple Pie

Ingredients 6 tablespoons unsalted butter ½ cup brown sugar ¼ cup white sugar ¼ cup water

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 pinch salt 1 (14.1 ounce) package pie crust double-crust pie pastry, thawed (such as Pillsbury) 4 large red apples, cored and thinly sliced

Directions Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

Melt butter in a large saucepan on medium. Mix brown and white sugar, water, cinnamon, and salt. Boil caramel sauce, stirring regularly to dissolve sugar, then remove from heat.

Press unrolled pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate. Put apples in crust. Cut 8 1-inch-wide strips from second pie crust on a work surface. Crisscross strips over apples or weave into a lattice crust. Finger-crimp bottom crust over lattice strip ends.

Cover pie lattice pieces with caramel sauce; sprinkle remaining sauce over crust and contents.

Bake for 15 minutes in preheated oven. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake for 35–40 more minutes until crust is golden brown, caramel on top is set, and filling is bubbling. Let cool completely before slicing.