Cardamom Salted Caramel Pie

“Now I’m a Grown Up” Cardamom and Salted Caramel Pie

Prove you’re a grown up now with this Cardamom and Salted Caramel Pie.This easy pie is the perfect sweet and salty dessert!

My friend Jon helped me move into my first grown-up house recently, and I promised him that I’d return the favor by baking him a pie.

It’s a shame he’s not named Tyler, since this particular confection is a spinoff of old-fashioned Tyler Pie. You haven’t heard of it? Why, it’s named after the 10th president of the United States of America, John Tyler of Virginia. Know your history. Eat your dessert.

Here’s my theory: you’re not really a grown-up until you own cardamom and/or a dishwasher. Now that I have both, I saw no excuse not to make this Tyler pie for Jon, and then throw the pan into Jim Bob. (It’s what I named the dishwasher.)   Enjoy, Jon. Thanks, America. See you soon, Jim Bob.

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It is with great sadness to share that after many severe bouts with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, Erin took her own life on 12/12/2016. I hope that in leaving this recipe up it will show the world what a brilliant baker she was.

This is a quote from her sister remembering her only days after her passing:

“Erin wanted to do everything. She wanted to bake pies for the homeless during holidays. She wanted to teach therapeutic writing classes and be a peer counselor. She wanted to document the lives of the forgotten women living within the walls of silent sexual abuse. She wanted to teach children photography in third-world countries. She wanted to save animals and be a voice for whatever being didn’t have one. Tragically, now Erin has lost her voice as well.”

We think she would have loved it if you donated to one of these causes she believed in under her name “Erin Elizabeth Bardwell”:

[list][list_item icon=”fa-heart”]American Foundation For Suicide Prevention[/list_item][list_item icon=”fa-heart”]Planned Parenthood[/list_item][list_item icon=”fa-heart”]Pet Partners[/list_item][list_item icon=”fa-heart”]The ASPCA[/list_item][list_item icon=”fa-heart”]National Alliance on Mental Illness[/list_item][list_item icon=”fa-heart”]Save The Horses[/list_item][/list]

Cardamom & Salted Caramel Pie

This Cardamom and Salted Caramel Pie is the perfect sweet and salty dessert!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Salted Caramel, Sweet And Salty
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Author Erin Bardwell


  • Dough for single-crust pie
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 2/3 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream whipping cream
  • 3 Eggs Beaten
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cardamom
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
  • Coarse sea salt for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

  2. Roll out dough and fit into a 9-inch pie pan.
  3. Put butter and brown sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. As the butter melts, stir to combine with the sugar. Once mixture is smoothly blended and beginning to bubble, cook for 2 minutes longer, whisking constantly.
  4. Remove from heat and add the cream, then whisk until smooth. Add the salt, vanilla, eggs, and cardamom, and whisk until evenly blended.
  5. Pour into the prepared pie shell. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the filling quivers slightly when the pan is jiggled and the surface is puffy.
  6. Sprinkle surface of pie with sea salt and cool for at least one hour. Best served warm.

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18 responses to ““Now I’m a Grown Up” Cardamom and Salted Caramel Pie”

  1. Erren

    This looks delicious, I must try it!

  2. I dont even bake and I’m going to give this a try, then probably tear up while eating it.
    Thanks you bringer of the Nompocalypse.

    1. Matthew Cetta

      James! The pie is awesome and should be made right meow! Erin also gave me 2 other recipes that are on this blog Key Lime Pie Bars With a Gingersnap Crust and Orange Creamsicle Biscotti. Try them out too! Those pie bars are pretty novice level.

  3. She is right about cardamom!! and dishwasher!! I love what you did here, now she will be forever remembered through this pie. A perfect way to celebrate her life.

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Thanks, Suchi! She was so passionate about baking that this, to me is a fitting tribute. This is also written in her voice so her words can live on, even if she is no longer with us.

  4. Such a touching post. It’s so sad that she had to take her own life to have peace. What a beautiful way to pay tribute to her.

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Thank you so much, Sophia!

  5. Such a touching tribute to your friend – love the spice notes of this pie.

  6. This Christmas season must have been rough for many. A week after she took her life, I had a close friend take his life as well. It’s a sad time. I love the pie recipe though.

    1. Matthew Cetta

      2016 SUCKED! Sometimes I’m surprised I made out.

  7. So very sorry to hear the story about Erin and what a lovely pie in her honor. It’s truly decadent and love the flavor combination.

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Thank you so much, Lora!

  8. I love how you paid tribute to your friend…beautiful. Virtual hug coming through.

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Aww thank you Sandi!

      via GIPHY

  9. Haha – I would tend to agree. You can’t be a real grown up if you don’t own cardamom! 😉

  10. Sabrina

    This is a perfect recipe for me and my husband to share! I can’t wait to make this for him!

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Share? Eat it all yourself!

  11. What a beautiful remembrance of your dear friend. So sad and so sweet. P.S. I just acquired cardamom in my 60s. Guess it means I finally grew up. xoxo

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