Caramel Apple-Cherry Pie

What’s more American than an apple pie? A cherry pie? How about an apple-cherry pie?

In honor of the election I started off my pie making endeavors with a caramel apple-cherry pie. It just felt like the appropriate thing to do while watching election coverage. I mean, a sweet potato pie doesn’t really scream America.

Let me just start off by saying that I don’t think I could have picked a harder, more time consuming pie to start with. Okay, really, it wasn’t all that hard. It just took all night long! The recipe, as you will see, has so many steps! Several, with better planning, could have been taken care of ahead of time, but I didn’t think that far ahead.

I must have been a hysterical sight to see as the hubs couldn’t stop laughing at me when he got home. I, along with the kitchen, was a mess. There was flour in my hair, on my face, and two nice large handprints right above my butt. I guess a nice place to rest my hands…

But, rest assured, behind this mess laid something beautiful; caramel apple-cherry pie.

This recipe, with a few changes, is sure to become a holiday favorite in our household. Just patriotic enough to be a star at a 4th of July picnic, and perfectly fall enough to round off a big plate full of turkey and stuffing.

My favorite part about the pie? The crust! Yum! Buttery and flakey, it was the perfect mate to the sweet, sweet filling.

My complaints? For starters, there wasn’t enough of that crust that I loved so much. I even used more leaves than called for, but I was still longing for a bit more. I think next time i’ll make it with a lattice top instead.

Complaint number two? The cherry-cranberry compost overpowered the flavor of the delicious caramel sauce. So really, all the sauce did was add more sugar, not flavor.  I think maybe it could be omitted all together. It’s worth a try. It’d cut  out a few calories anyways…

Besides that, nothing stopped me from eating one very large piece!

Don’t worry, I shared!

It didn’t transfer to the plate very gracefully, but our taste buds still thanked us.

You can find the recipe here and give it a try for yourself. Let me know what you think! Judging by these plates I don’t think I’ll hear many complaints…

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