Spiced Apple-Caramel Sauce
Yield: makes 1½ cups
A little cider vinegar in the filling keeps this Apple Pie with Spiced Apple-Caramel Sauce from being too sweet.
1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons Calvados or other apple brandy
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
Bring sugar and ¼ cup water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil, swirling pan occasionally and brushing down sides with a wet pastry brush, until a deep amber color, 8-10 minutes. Reduce heat to low; add butter and stir until smooth (mixture will bubble vigorously). Stir in cream, then Calvados, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Stir until smooth. Remove caramel from heat and let cool 10 minutes.
DO AHEAD: Sauce can be made 1 week ahead. Let cool; cover and chill.
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