I realize that this is downright mean...but we are currently in a food coma following the preparation and consumption of the most wonderful Upside-Down Caramel Pecan Apple Pie that you ever did see...
It took a few days, but recipe is perfected and ready to share! I have been making this treat for several decades - but it always disappears too fast before I can get my camera out and ready!
This is such a SIMPLE recipe to make, and it has turned out perfect for us every time!
Using the same method that I use for my deep-dish apple pie, I saute the apples, sugar and cinnamon just until they are tender, BEFORE placing in my crust. This ensures that each apple slice is tender - because don't you just hate it when you take a bite of a fresh apple pie and the apples are not cooked uniformly or have a little too much "bite" to them?
The caramel sauce and pecans are placed in the bottom of your pie plate, with the crust carefully layered on top. After baking, you simply invert your pie plate and voila! Perfectly elegant and delicious!
When ready to serve, I usually top with butter pecan or vanilla bean ice cream. You can scoop and drizzle a little of the apple-caramel-pecan sauce from your serving platter over the top of the ice cream and prepare to swoon!