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Bourbon Caramel Apple Pie


Happy Fourth of July my friends! This year I decided to start a new tradition for myself: competing in the Annual Apple Pie Baking Competition here in town!


I'll admit it was a bit ambitious... seeing as I had NEVER baked an apple pie by myself before. In fact, I've only ever baked one pie before, a pecan pie, for Thanksgiving two years ago. Don't worry, I'm already planning on practicing my pie making skills more often!

When looking for a perfect pie crust recipe, I decided to go with the all butter crust from the cookbook, "Art of the Pie" by Kate McDermott. Kate is a master pie baker who happens to be from the little town that we live in. Her all butter crust is flaky, but not too crumbly, and perfectly flavorful. I went to one of her book signings years ago and got her book so I was excited to put her recipes into practice! The crust recipe below is her, but I'm proud to say that the filling was my original recipe!

Recipe

For the crust:

14 Tbsp cold butter

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup ice cold water

For the filling:

5 apples (Granny Smith or Fuji)

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 Tbsp flour

For the bourbon caramel:

1 stick of butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 Tbsp bourbon