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Pear Caramel Apple Praline Pie

Nov 23, 2011

by Claire Comfort handmade and vintage goods

They say that pie is the new cupcake; all we can say (through a mouthful of pie) is that we’re obsessed. In fact, Etsy recently took part in the Third Annual Pie Bake-Off at SPACECRAFT. Though many dipped their hands in the flour, childhood best friends Cayenne Douglass and Ruby McNeil collaborated on the blue ribbon winner, a tasty Pear Caramel Apple Praline, which was inspired by the prize pie at the 2010 Wisconsin State Fair. The duo has also come together for projects such as Click Send, a charitable art show that explored visual storytelling through cell phone photographs.

Julie Schneider

The pie judging was fierce.

You’ll definitely want a slice of their pie, so jot down the recipe and get to the grocery store before the old-timey caramel candies sell out!

Pear Caramel Apple Praline
Makes a 9-inch pie 

3 cups of flour
1 ½ cups of Crisco
A pinch of salt
A tablespoon of sugar (optional — Ruby likes less, Cayenne likes more)
Ice water
9-inch pie pan

Put the flour in a large bowl and add Crisco by mixing with a pastry cutter or a fork until pieces the size of gravel form. Add the water, a tablespoon or two at a time, and stir with a fork until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl and can be formed into a ball. Break in half and create two dough balls. (Remember, it is important to touch the dough as little as possible while you work with it!) Wrap in plastic or wax paper and refrigerate while preparing your filling.

Remove dough from refrigerator. Spread flour on the counter, cover one ball with flour and begin rolling it out. To avoid tearing the crust, roll in one direction with each stroke; don’t push the rolling pin back and forth. Roll the dough into as round a shape as possible.

When you’ve rolled the bottom crust to a size that fits your pan, lift one edge onto the rolling pin and roll it gently to transfer the crust to a plate without tearing. Then you can unroll it completely.

When you’ve filled the pie, follow these same directions for the top crust. Trim the edge, if necessary, and fold it under itself and pinch together the edge neatly. Mix an egg into a small bowl of milk and paint the surface so that the crust will brown nicely. Then cut a design into the top crust to provide vents so the steam can escape while the pie cooks.

Julie Schneider

Stiff competition.

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash of salt
2 cups peeled, thinly sliced pears (about 4)
2 cups peeled, thinly sliced apples (about 4)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter, cut up

Praline Mixture and Topping
3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
18 caramels, unwrapped
5 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Julie Schneider

A blue ribbon prize for the winner.

In a large bowl, mix the granulated sugar, 1/4 cup flour, the nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Add pears, apples and lemon juice; toss to coat. Pour into crust-lined pie plate. Top with 2 tablespoons butter.

In small bowl mix: oats, brown sugar and 1 tablespoon flour. Cut in 1/4 cup butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over fruit. At this point you should pre-heat the oven to 375°F.

In a 1-quart saucepan, melt caramels with milk over low heat until smooth (make sure it’s low heat to avoid burning the mixture); add the chopped pecans. Drizzle over praline mixture. Top with second crust and flute; cut slits in several places. If you like, brush the top with milk or egg and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Place pie on middle oven rack; place sheet of foil on rack below pie in case of spillover. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 4 hours.

*Also, please note it can be very difficult to find caramels unless it’s right before Halloween. Worthers does a caramel chew, which is what we used. Avoid caramels that have a cream swirl in the middle, as it has kind of a malted taste and will not blend nicely with the other pie flavors.


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  • VoleedeMoineaux

    VoleedeMoineaux said 8 years ago

    I want some sooooo bad!!!!!!

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 8 years ago

    All my favorite things in one pie...more , please ;-)

  • DessertWine

    DessertWine said 8 years ago

    Oh, my gosh - looks amazing!!

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 8 years ago

    Okay I am making that pie!!! Imagine how delicious this would be with a hot cup of tea and some good friends!!!

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas said 8 years ago

    I'm inspired to make my first pie. Suppose my first should be a cherry pie ;)

  • RedFernVintage

    RedFernVintage said 8 years ago

    Pralines! That's a brilliant addition!

  • BirdEnergy

    BirdEnergy said 8 years ago

    Ok that looks really good! Back to the grocery pie

  • cookoutsidethebox

    cookoutsidethebox said 8 years ago


  • Zafirah

    Zafirah said 8 years ago

    I need that pie NOW!!!

  • NicoAndMooMoo

    NicoAndMooMoo said 8 years ago

    OK, now I am hungry! :D

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 8 years ago

    Yummyyyy...!!!!! :)

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 8 years ago

    I sigh for pie! :)

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 8 years ago

    oh yum! im in charge of bringing deserts this year so im going to try and whip this one up! Im so excited for thanksgiving :)

  • TheHickoryTree

    TheHickoryTree said 8 years ago

    Hey now, I just gained a pound reading the recipe. Looks totally delicious.

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers said 8 years ago

    my goodness! y'all are gonna make me gain 10 pounds this holiday season! :)

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 8 years ago

    WOW, these pies look amazing!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 8 years ago

    Sounds delicious thanks for sharing.

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 8 years ago


  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 8 years ago

    I've never thought about putting caramels in my pies, but this is a great idea! I'm going to have more dreams about eating caramel apples in a different way.

  • GardenDaisiesStudio

    GardenDaisiesStudio said 8 years ago

    I love pie! My husband and I were married in late October of this year and we had fresh, seasonal pies instead of a wedding cake. SO much better :) Always stockpiling pie recipes - thank you!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 8 years ago

    this looks amazing! and this article came at the perfect time, i've been trying to decide on what pie to make for thanksgiving.

  • joolrylane

    joolrylane said 8 years ago

    sounds amazing.

  • EFaceDesigns

    EFaceDesigns said 8 years ago

    OMG...That looks so good :^P

  • VictoriaWest

    VictoriaWest said 8 years ago

    That sounds so delicious, I love the delicate aromas of pear, and I love pecans. The problem is I'm not sure if I can get all the ingredients in my country. (crisco and traditional caramel sweets will be hard to find.) Nevertheless, I might give this a try if I feel brave enough!

  • CharloCollection

    CharloCollection said 8 years ago

    The Village Baker's Wife bakebook has some outstanding pie recipes: I also refer to Saveur's Perfect Pie Crust post for technique:

  • BiomedDesign

    BiomedDesign said 8 years ago

    yum! Make it this good takes a lot of talent, not just hard work!

  • catwalls

    catwalls said 8 years ago

    is the quantity of crisco correct? 1 and 1/2 cup?

  • fantasygarden

    fantasygarden said 8 years ago

    wow ..... it's so nice to have some new recipes

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage said 8 years ago

    Yum, yum. And I thought my cranberry apple pie was good!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    Wow...that looks amazing!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 8 years ago

    Looks super tasty!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago


  • nataliBellule

    nataliBellule said 8 years ago

    Yummy!!! Now I know which dessert I'll be making tonight :) Thank you very much Claire

  • RetroFlirt

    RetroFlirt said 8 years ago

    I want to try making this! YUMMY!

  • BlueRoseRetro

    BlueRoseRetro said 8 years ago

    My mouth is watering, just reading the recipe. Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Grafxquest

    Grafxquest said 8 years ago

    Wow this is amazing! Love pie thanks for the recipe, you are a bit o rock! Everyone have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

  • CollierLewisJewelry

    CollierLewisJewelry said 8 years ago

    oh wow..the most amazing ingredients ever assembled.. thank you for sharing!

  • ThingsofThatNature

    ThingsofThatNature said 8 years ago

    I am going to make the Pear Caramel Apple Praline and I will wolf it down in no time at all.....well I will let my husband have some.

  • elinart

    elinart said 8 years ago

    What in the world is Crisco?!

  • elizabethwrenvintage

    elizabethwrenvintage said 8 years ago

    ahhhhh. yummm.

  • SomsStudio

    SomsStudio said 8 years ago

    Its nearly 1:30am here in India and am so craving a slice of that pie! :))

  • SomsStudio

    SomsStudio said 8 years ago

    It is about 1:20am here in India and am so craving a slice!! :))

  • ellysattic

    ellysattic said 8 years ago

    Sounds so good!

  • teavolk

    teavolk said 8 years ago

    I love having new things to try!

  • teavolk

    teavolk said 8 years ago

    I can't wait to make this!

  • KathyGDesigns

    KathyGDesigns said 8 years ago

    The photo of the line up of pies is making me drool! I can't wait to try the recipe.

  • anitagarcia

    anitagarcia said 8 years ago


  • NancyCreations

    NancyCreations said 8 years ago

    Yummy makes my mouth water just for a taste of it. If I wasn't so lazy I would make one now gosh I will defenetly make one and blog about it on

  • imade4u

    imade4u said 8 years ago

    sounds delicious.

  • ClaudiaLord

    ClaudiaLord said 8 years ago

    wish I baked (or could convince someone to do it for me!)

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 8 years ago

    Looks amazing! I can't wait to try this!!!

  • mm11lover

    mm11lover said 8 years ago

    I wish I read this before thanksgiving!!!! I want to try this

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 8 years ago


  • TreasuryShop

    TreasuryShop said 8 years ago

    Mmmmm, I like pie

  • leslieholz

    leslieholz said 8 years ago

    I want a piece of that right now - with a cup of coffee!

  • artfoodlodging

    artfoodlodging said 8 years ago

    even the name is a mouthful! this sounds killer good~

  • NoOrdinaryBeastie

    NoOrdinaryBeastie said 8 years ago

    I'd love to try this... but I'm afraid I've just finished the chocolate pecan pie from yesterday. With minimal help. This one's in line, but I think it's gonna have to wait another month.

  • petalsworth

    petalsworth said 8 years ago

    Dec 4 a Christmas party for International college exchange students at Beloit College. What a great dessert to take. Just hope the pie makes it to the party! Love Etsy~

  • jammasgirls

    jammasgirls said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing

  • Rockmanhalv

    Rockmanhalv said 8 years ago

    I just put it in the oven. We will find out tomorrow how I did. But I'm Mad, I forgot the pecans.

  • wendyb964

    wendyb964 said 7 years ago

    Can't wait to make this tonight! Will use all apples as that's what we have. Might add some leftover fresh cranberries. As far as caramels: many cities have cake/candy supply stores and sell caramel in 1 or 5 pound blocks that last, ahem, more than a year. Soften gently in microwave to cut/tear off amount needed. Very easy, no extra trips to the store, and can be used for all sorts of things: dipping sauce for fruit, no-cook turtle candies, and no waste. Next I have to master pie crust from my DIL.

  • jeanineschlifer

    Jeanine Schlifer from VelveteenJean said 7 years ago

    will there be another brooklyn bake off this year?

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