BON APPETIT AND A BOOK: Carmael Apple Pie
Photo Credit: James Roper
Flour, for dusting
1 recipe Buttery Pie Dough
8 tbsp. unsalted butter
1⁄2 cup packed light brown sugar
1⁄2 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tbsp. for sprinkling
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
15 soft caramel cubes
8 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tbsp. water
On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 disk of dough into a 12″ round. Fit into a 9″ pie plate. Trim edges, leaving 1″ dough overhanging edge of plate; chill 30 minutes.
Melt butter in a 1-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and caramels; cook, stirring occasionally, until sugars are dissolved and sauce is slightly thick, 5–7 minutes.
Heat oven to 400°. Arrange apples over dough. Pour sauce evenly over apples. Roll remaining disk of dough into a 12″ round and place over top of pie. Pinch top and bottom edges together and fold under; crimp edges. Brush with egg mixture; sprinkle with 1 tbsp. sugar. Cut three 1″-long slits in top of pie.
Bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbling, about 1 hour. Let cool completely before serving.
After you’ve made your pie, settle in with Marin Thomas’s new release A Cowboy’s Claim.
Everyone knows Victor Vicario—he’s the scarred loner who’s on his way to the National Finals Rodeo in Vegas. But no one knows about the guilt that drives him. And until he achieves his goal, there’s no room in his life for attachments.
So when Vic is given temporary custody of his young nephew, he is torn. He can’t turn his back on family, but how can he look after a kid when he’s traveling the rodeo circuit? Then he runs into feisty barrel racer Tanya McGee and makes her an offer. She helps him with Alex, and he’ll pay her rodeo expenses. The problem is their little “family” starts to feel all too real.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bestselling author MARIN THOMAS writes series romance for Harlequin and women’s fiction for Penguin/NAL Trade. Marin graduated from the University of Arizona, where she earned a B.A. in Radio-TV and played basketball for the Lady Wildcats. Marin and her husband are recent empty-nesters and live in Houston, Texas.