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Almighty Apple

Recipe By: John Sunvold
Year Submitted: 2014
Winner First Place

Ingredients

2014 APC National Pie Championships King Arthur Flour Apple 1st Place

Crust
1/3 C water
1 T sugar
1/2t. salt
8 T unsalted butter
8 T. lard
2/14 C King Arthur€™s Flour

Cream Layer
6 oz. cream cheese
1/3 cup powdered sugar
6 oz. Cool Whip

Apple Layer
7-8 Cups apple (1 inch pieces)
4 T. Butter
1 C. brown sugar
3 T. corn starch
1-2 t. cinnamon
¼ frozen apple juice concentrate

Directions

Crust
Mix water, sugar and salt. Set aside. Place flour, cold lard, and cold butter in food processor and pulsate until butter is the size of peas. Add water mixture and pulsate until a dough forms. Place in plastic bag, shape into a disk shape, and chill overnight. Roll out crust and blind bake for around 30 minutes at 350 degrees, or until lightly browned. Cool.

Caramels and Pecans
Melt 30 Kraft caramels with ¼ milk. Reserve 1/3 of this caramel. Add ¾ C. pecan pieces, mix well, and spread into pie crust. Chill.

Cream Layer
Mix softened cream and powdered sugar. Fold in thawed Cool Whip. Spread in top of caramel and pecans. Swirl in the reserved caramel into the cream layer. Chill.

Apple Layer
Place all ingredients in a covered baking dish at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Gently stir and check to see if apples are softened. Continue to bake, checking every 5 minutes. Bake until apples are softened. Cool and chill. Spread on the chilled cream later.
Chill.
Top with favorite whipped topping, caramel sauce, and/or nuts, as desired.