This Dulce de Leche Apple Pie is piled high with apples!
A prize winning Apple Pie recipe!
Eating this pie is like eating caramel apples inside of a pie! I first made this pie back in 2009 when I entered it into a community pie contest. I won first place with my Dulce de Leche Apple Pie in the “fruit” category. As I recall, I competed against quite a few great-looking pies. But this one was the favorite. My son Brooks (8 years old at the time) won 2nd place in the miscellaneous category with his Snickers Bar Pie recipe.
About pie crust:
Of course you can pie store-bought crusts for this pie, but I’d only recommend that in a pinch. You need a good-sized bottom crust for this pie because it’s a larger, deep-dish pie. You can use the same crust recipe as I use for my Classic Double Crust Apple Pie. And I often use The Pioneer Woman’s recipe for Perfect Pie Crust too. Both of those are good options as crust for this Dulce de Leche Apple Pie.
Can I make this a regular apple pie and not Deep Dish?
Yes! If you wish to convert this to a regular-sized pie, reduce the apples used to 5 cups and use slightly less dulce de leche.
How to make Dulce de Leche Apple Pie:
To make the filling, you’ll combine 7 cups of apple slices with dulce de leche, apple cider and vanilla. And then you’ll toss the apple mixture with brown sugar, white sugar, cornstarch, spices and salt. Then you’ll roll out one pie crust extra-large and place it into your deep dish pie plate and let the excess drape over the edges of the pan. After brushing the crust with an egg white wash, you’ll pile the filling on top of the crust in the pan. Then you’ll roll out the 2nd crust and place it on top of the apples, and then you’ll crimp the edges to seal the two crusts together. Finally, you’ll brush the top crust with the egg white wash, cut a few vents in the top, sprinkle with coarse sugar and bake.
What is Dulce de Leche and where do I find it?
Dulce de leche is basically as thick and wonderful caramel that is sold in a can. You should be able to locate it in your market’s Latin/Mexican food section. Sometimes you can find it near the other canned milks (like sweetened condensed milk).
If you want to make it homemade, that’s an option too. I have a great recipe for making Homemade Dulce de Leche. It turns out so good!
This is a rich and decadent apple pie since all of that caramel goodness is added in. If you really love caramel apples, then this is the pie for you. Enjoy!
Here are a few more pie recipes you might like to try:
- Easy Buttermilk Pie
- Rocky Road Pie
- Cherry Amaretto Pie
- Grasshopper Pie
- Best Banana Cream Pie
- Fresh Pear Pie
- Lemonade Pie
- Old Fashioned Custard Pie
Deep Dish Dulce de Leche Apple Pie
APPLE PIE FILLING:
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- 7 to 8 cups peeled, sliced apples (I like a mix of Granny Smith and Braeburn)
- 1/2 cup dulce de leche (purchased or homemade)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider (not vinegar!)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Two pie crusts (purchased or homemade)
- 1 large egg white (beaten with 1 teaspoon water)
- coarse sugar for sprinkling on top (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Center rack in oven.
MAKE THE APPLE PIE FILLING:
- In a small bowl, combine the sugars, cornstarch, spices and salt.
- In a large bowl, toss together the apples, dulce de leche, apple cider and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients and toss to combine.
- Between waxed paper, roll out pie dough as large as possible keeping it a good thickness. Line the deep dish pie pan with crust and let it hang over the sides. Brush with egg white mixture. Add the apple filling and spread it out evenly.
- Roll out the 2nd crust a little bit too and place it on top of the pie. Crimp the edges together in a decorative fashion to seal. Brush with the egg white mixture. Cut a few holes in the top crust for venting. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, if using.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Then turn the temperature down to 375 degrees F. If the pie is browning too much, cover it with foil and top with a pie-crust-shield to prevent the crust edges from burning. If you don’t have a pie shield, just cover the whole thing with foil. Bake for another 30 minutes.
- Remove the pie from the oven and cool on a rack for several hours to allow the filling to set.
- *If you wish to convert this to a regular-sized pie (& not a deep dish), reduce apples to 5 cups and use slightly less dulce de leche.
- *Dulce de leche can be found in the Latin aisle of most markets. Nestle makes it- look for it in a can. Or make it homemade- it's easy!