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Welcome Fall with a Homemade Caramel Apple Pie

by Regan

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Nothing says fall to me like homemade caramel apple pie. I have many fond memories of apple picking on a crisp day then coming home to warm up with a nice cup of hot chocolate. These are staples in our home throughout the season and to me, they are both the ultimate comfort treat.

Today I am going to show you how easy it can be to make a homemade hot chocolate and caramel apple pie, even the crust. Don’t worry, you can do this. 

FLAKY PIE CRUST

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This is a double crust recipe since we need a top for our pie, so in the bowl of a food processor (or plain bowl of doing it all by hand), add 4 cups of flour, 1 stick of cold butter (half cup), 1 1/4 cups of shortening, 3 tablespoons of white sugar, 2 teaspoons of salt, and a half cup of water. Once your mixture is mostly combined, add an egg and combine it the rest of the way.

My food processor gets a little cranky when it comes to pie crust so I start it in the food processor and finish it off in a regular bowl and pastry cutter. If you don’t have a pastry cutter then you can use your hands to combine it all the way. Mix the ingredients together, but don’t overwork it. 

Welcome Fall with Homemade Apple Pie and Hot Chocolate (Recipe) #SweetenTheSeason (ad)

Welcome Fall with Homemade Apple Pie and Hot Chocolate (Recipe) #SweetenTheSeason (ad)

Once your crust mixture is combined, cut it in half and form two dough balls. Put one in the refrigerator so the butter and shortening don’t start to melt and do weird things. 

Roll one ball of dough out on wax paper and a liberal amount of flour. Eyeball the size of the rolled out dough and compare it to the size of your pie plate. You want the dough to be about an inch larger than the plate to account for the sides of the pie plate and a tiny bit extra. It doesn’t have to be perfect. 

Now that your dough is rolled out, put your pie plate over the dough, then slide the wax paper to the edge of your work surface, the slowly slide it off your work surface with your hand underneath the wax paper and pie plate. Now flip it over and put the plate right side up on your work surface with the dough inside.

Easy enough, right?

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Now that your crust dough is in the plate you can shape it and patch up any rips, holes, or areas that didn’t quite make it to the top of the pan with any excess crust dough. Put your crust in the refrigerator to cool back down from working the butter and shortening with your hands.


CARAMEL APPLE PIE 

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Now it’s time to make the pie filling. I like to use at least two different kinds of apples for my pie. For this one I used Honeycrisp and SweeTango apples, but you can use whatever kind you like best.

Peel and cut  5 1/2 cups of apples and put them in a bowl. To the apples, add about a 1/2 cup of white sugar (add a little more for tart apples and a little less for extra sweet apples. I used a little less because my apples were very sweet) 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, between 1/4 and 1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg, and 1 tablespoon of flour. I also used 1/4 teaspoon of Penzey’s baking spice, but this is optional. 

Pour the apple mixture into the crust with 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter and KRAFT Caramel Bits to suit your taste; I used about 1/8 of a cup. 

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Using the same method as the bottom crust, roll out and apply your top crust, pinch it together with the bottom crust, and poke some holes in the top. If you have some extra dough and cookie cutters you can put a cute shape on top of the crust for fun.

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Bake in a 400-degree oven for 15 minutes then turn the heat down to 350 and bake for another 50 minutes. I like to check the pie after 40 minutes and if the crust is browning too fast I put foil around the edge.Welcome Fall with Homemade Apple Pie and Hot Chocolate (Recipe) #SweetenTheSeason (ad)That’s it! That’s how easy it is to make a homemade apple pie. 

Caramel Apple Pie and Hot Chocolate

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Ingredients

CRUST

  • 1 1/4 cups shortening
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

FILLING

  • 5½ cups of your favorite kind of apples
  • ½ cup sugar, ¾ cup for a tart apple like Granny Smith
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 ½ tbsp butter
  • Freshly grated nutmeg to taste, about ½ tsp
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. CRUST
  2. In a food processor or large mixing bowl, combine flour, shortening, butter, sugar, and salt.
  3. Finish blending together with a pastry cutter until crumbly. Add water and egg. Combine thoroughly and chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  4. FILLING
  5. Peel and cut apples. In a bowl, combine apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, sugar, and baking spice (if using).
  6. Put filling in crust and dot with butter and Caramel Bits

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18 comments

Kerri October 26, 2015 - 7:53 pm

Fall is here and this is one amazing combination. I am going out and buying apples so that I can make it!

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dawn October 26, 2015 - 1:23 pm

i love the details that went into this recipe and it looks like it turned out amazing. thanks for the share.

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Eileen October 26, 2015 - 8:07 am

Apple pie is one of my favorite desserts! This recipe looks so easy to make, I’ll have to try it out soon.

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michele d October 26, 2015 - 5:44 am

Your recipe looks so easy to make. I love making Homemade Pies in the Fall. So Yummy!!

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Amanda Tempel October 26, 2015 - 2:57 am

This reminds me of how close Thanksgiving is (my favorite holiday!) I can’t wait to make apple pie – I might just have to try your recipe : )

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Michelle October 26, 2015 - 2:07 am

Apple pie is my favorite dessert and adding the caramel to it makes it sound even more amazing. I’m having a dinner part soon and may try to make this thanks to your great directions.

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Liz Mays October 25, 2015 - 10:04 pm

I just saw those caramel bits today as a matter of fact. Now I wish I’d picked them up and I could have made this!

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Adriana October 25, 2015 - 8:20 pm

I LOVE apple pie!! This looks so amazing and your pictures for the post are absolutely gorgeous! Love it!

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Bonnie @wemake7 October 25, 2015 - 6:37 pm

What perfect recipes! Nothing welcomes Fall like a nice cup of hot chocolate and apple pie. These look so delicious.

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Heather October 25, 2015 - 4:40 pm

I love the heart you put on it. Its definitely the season for apple pie! I might be making some cobbler later. I’m really excited about this time of year.

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Shell October 25, 2015 - 2:20 pm

There is nothing better than a homemade apple pie. Well, unless it also have caramel. I’m going to try this soon.

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Jenn @ EngineerMommy October 25, 2015 - 6:49 am

This apple pie looks absolutely incredible! I would so love to try this! And that along with homemade hot chocolate? Amazing!!

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NZNoob October 25, 2015 - 2:54 am

Oh my, this looks delicious! I like custard with apple pie, well any decent fruit pies goes well with custard lol 🙂

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Maureen October 24, 2015 - 10:58 pm

I really miss a good homemade apple pie! Your photos made my mouth watered 😀 Looks so delicious and a total comfort food.

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carol October 24, 2015 - 7:50 pm

Both recipes look amazing. I love the little heart that you baked on the top of the apple pie.

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Jennifer October 24, 2015 - 5:07 pm

the caramel bits in the apple pie!!!!!!!!!! I’ve never tried to make a homemade pie for my husband because his mother’s is “the best” in his eyes but I think I’ll win him over if I put the caramel in there!

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Sarah Bailey October 24, 2015 - 4:38 pm

There is something perfect about an apple pie at this time of year, it just suits the weather down to the ground. I shall have to try out your recipe. x

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Melanie October 22, 2015 - 7:09 pm

I have never made my own pie crust before. I need to give it a try! [client]

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