If you're like me and responsible for making Thanksgiving dinner, chances are you've been planning it for a while. Even if it's a smaller gathering, you want to get this meal right. It's Thanksgiving, after all!

This past October, Apple Harvest Day in downtown Dover looked a little different; however, we did still have our annual apple pie contest and the winner was Carolyn Michaud.

She has won several years in a row, so I just had to ask for the recipe.  Much to my delight, Carolyn sent it to me and said that I could share it with you!

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If you make this pie, all I would ask is that you let me know so I can tell Carolyn. I'm assuming that Carolyn is a giver and would love to know that her recipe has made it to the Thanksgiving tables of so many.

Here is Carolyn Michaud's multiple award-winning apple pie recipe. You will see one ingredient in the pie crust that absolutely puts it over the edge from all the rest. Check it out:

CRUST
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup butter-flavor Crisco
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Mix all ingredients in mixer with paddle attachment until dough forms a ball.  Roll out dough and line pie plate with it (you will have extra).  Make decorative edge.
FILLING
  • 7 apples (I like to use a variety of good baking apples)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • Peel, core and slice apples.  Mix all ingredients together and scoop into pie plate.
TOPPING
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp. quick oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 Tbsp. salted caramel topping (I used Mrs. Richarson's)

With a fork, mix all ingredients together except caramel topping. Sprinkle evenly over pie. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, cover loosely with foil and bake 20 more minutes or until just browning.  Drizzle warm caramel over top of pie and serve with vanilla ice cream.

Now, ladies and gents, that's a pie. I can't wait to try my own hand at it. I will confess, I asked Carolyn to do it for me, but the more I think about it, the more I think I can do it and you can, too!

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