The Damson Caramel Pie is a mouth-watering dessert that blends the sweet and sour taste of damson plums with the richness of caramel. It’s easy to prepare and requires only a handful of ingredients, making it an ideal treat for any occasion. (Also see: Damson Pie)
Damson plums are a small, dark purple variety of plums that are widely used in jams, jellies, and desserts due to their sweet and tart flavor. They’re a perfect fit for this pie, however, any other type of plum or berry can be used if damson plums aren’t available.
(See Damson Recipes for more recipes, or these:
- Damson Tart
- Damson Preserves
- Damson Crumble
- Damson Pie Recipe
- Damson Plum Dessert Recipes
- Damson Plum Jam Recipes)
The crust of the pie is made with a classic pie dough, rolled out and placed in a 9-inch dish. To make the crust, all you need is all-purpose flour, salt, unsalted butter, and ice water. Simply mix the flour and salt in a bowl, add the cubed butter, and stir until it resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough forms. Divide the dough into two, wrap each half in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes or more. Roll out one half of the dough, place it in the dish, trim the edges, and crimp as desired.
The filling for the Damson Caramel Pie is made by combining sugar, unsalted butter, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt. Begin by melting the sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it reaches a deep amber color (known as caramelizing the sugar). This process creates a rich caramel flavor. Once the sugar has caramelized, add the butter and continue to stir until melted. Remove the pan from heat and slowly pour in the heavy cream while stirring continuously. The mixture will bubble and steam, but it’s important to keep stirring until everything is well combined. Add the vanilla extract and salt, then stir to combine.
To assemble the pie, simply arrange the halved damson plums in the dish and pour the caramel mixture over them. Make sure that the caramel covers the plums completely, then place the pie on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 375°F (190°C) oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
After baking, allow the pie to cool completely before serving. This will allow the caramel to set and prevent it from spilling out when you cut into the pie. When ready, slice the pie and enjoy it warm or at room temperature. Top it off with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra creamy touch.
Overall, the Damson Caramel Pie is a simple yet delicious dessert that is perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a treat to enjoy on a weeknight or a dish to impress your guests, this pie is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. With its sweet and sour flavors, rich caramel filling, and flaky crust, it’s a must-try for any dessert lover. So why not make this delightful pie today and savor the sweet and satisfying flavors of damson plums and caramel.
Damson Caramel Pie Recipe
- 1 recipe for 9 inch pie crust
- 4 cups fresh damson plums pitted and halved
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Roll out pie dough and place in a 9-inch pie dish. Trim and crimp the edges.
- Arrange the halved damson plums in the pie dish.
- In a medium saucepan, melt the sugar over medium heat until it becomes a deep amber color, stirring constantly.
- Add the butter and stir until melted.
- Remove the saucepan from heat and slowly pour in the heavy cream while stirring.
- Add the vanilla extract and salt and stir until well combined.
- Pour the caramel mixture over the plums.
- Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
- Allow the pie to cool completely before serving. Serve with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream if desired.
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