Caramel Apple Pumpkin Pie

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Pie Recipe | ZoeBakes | Photo by Zoë François

This caramel apple pumpkin pie is a twofer for those of us who love both apple and pumpkin pies. Both great flavors layered together in a flaky, rich crust. I used apples that kept their shape when I caramelized them, so they would add a bit of texture to the pie. Go with Granny Smith and Braeburn or a local apple that you know stays firm when cooked. These days all grocery stores have sugar pumpkins stacked up in the produce aisle, so you can roast your own. It is seriously easy and the taste is heavenly. Having said that, you can also use your favorite canned pumpkin puree.

I am about to give up some of my chef cred with this next statement, but I did a blind taste test of canned pumpkin and I was very surprised by my taste buds. Out of 5 different brands, the hands down winner was Libby’s. They are not paying me to say that, nor did they send me any product. Not only did Libby’s have the sweetest, most “pumpkin” tasting canned pumpkin, but when I looked at them all side by side, it was the most gorgeous color. It claims not to have any color added, in fact, it’s just 100% pumpkin, just like the organic versions. I won’t mention the other brands to avoid, but some were dull, yellow, tasted more like water and had a grainy texture, not good. 

Do you have pie questions or need to troubleshoot your recipe? Check out my guide on how to make pie crust.

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Pie

Pie dough – you’ll only need enough for one 10-inch pie, so you can freeze the rest.

Caramelized apple layer:

5 apples, peeled, cored and cubed in 1/2-inch pieces

3 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch salt

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 to 4 tablespoons water

Pumpkin layer: 

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree or equal amount roasted

3/4 cup brown sugar

Pinch salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon all-spice

2 large eggs

1/2 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla – DIY vanilla extract

Prepare the pie dough according to these instructions, click here
Blind Baking Pie Dough | ZoeBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Preheat oven to 350°F. Par bake the crust by lining it with foil and pie weights. Bake for about 20 minutes.

Baked Pie Crust | ZoeBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Remove the foil and bake until the bottom crust is set, but not coloring at all.

Caramelized Apples | ZoeBakes | Photo by Zoë François

In a skillet, heat the apples, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt until the apples are tender. In a small bowl combine the cornstarch and water. If your apples have a lot of liquid use just 2 tablespoon of water. If they are drier, add the remaining 2 tablespoons water. Stir over medium heat until the apple juices thicken and the cornstarch no longer looks cloudy. Allow the apples to cool while you prepare the pumpkin filling.

Pumpkin Pie Filling | ZoeBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Whisk together the pumpkin, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, all-spice, eggs, sour cream and vanilla.

Turn down the oven to 325°F

Caramelized Apples in Baked Pie Crust | ZoeBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Put the apples in the par baked pie shell.

Pouring Pumpkin Pie Filling over Caramelized Apples in Pie Crust | ZoeBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Pour in the pumpkin over the apples.

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Pie before it goes in the oven | ZoeBakes | Photo by Zoë François

If there are any large bubbles, pop them with a fork.

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Pie | ZoeBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Bake the caramel apple pumpkin pie for about 1 hour, but check after 45 minutes to gauge how quickly it is setting up. You want to take it out when the pumpkin is set and just puffing ever so slightly. You don’t want it to be liquid in the middle, but you also don’t want the pie to soufflé or it will crack.

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Pie on a cooling rack by the window | ZoeBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Set it to cool on a rack.

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Pie on a cooling rack by the window | ZoeBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Once the caramel apple pumpkin pie is room temperature place it in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Pie Recipe | ZoeBakes | Photo by Zoë François

The caramel apple pumpkin pie cuts better when chilled and I prefer the flavor.

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Pie slice | ZoeBakes | Photo by Zoë François

You can try it chilled or at room temperature.

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Pie slice | ZoeBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Congratulations to Kathy T, she won a copy of Simply Ancient Grains by Maria Speck.

51 thoughts to “Caramel Apple Pumpkin Pie”

  1. just made this today and my friends and i loved it! i’m generally not a huge fan of pumpkin pie, and basically because of the texture. but, with the apples, it just made the whole pie perfect! relatively easy to make, not complicated, no unusual ingredients to round up. i will definitely make this again. thanks for the recipe!

  2. Theis is the first time im hosting a thanksgiving meal..and to be honest im terrified.I plan on doing some dishes ahead of time so that im not overwhelmed on D day…can i bake pumpkin pie a day in advance?

  3. Zoe, I love this idea. Every Thanksgiving I usually make apple and pumpkin pies so I’m dying to try this. I totally agree with you about LIbby’s pumpkin. I’ve been so disappointed by the other canned brands, especially the organic ones. So tasteless, and a yucky color too.

  4. Hi,

    I want to make this pie tomorrow, but I have been wondering regarding a few things:
    – Instead of pumpkin puree, should I only put my pumpkin into the oven? Should I grind it after?
    – I noticed that the pie crust recipe is different in the video and in the written recipe. Which one should I use?

    Can’t wait to prepare this!

  5. this is a little twist on the same pie by mother in law makes every year for thanksgiving! mine never quite measures up (but she uses canned apples, so that’s cheating in my book ; ) i’ll be trying your recipe this year!

    quick question tho: i don’t have access to lard. can i sub equal amounts butter for the crust?

  6. This is seriously the BEST pie I have ever eaten! I’m not crazy about pumpkin pie, but I love apple. Mixed together, it’s like heaven. I made this for an early Thanksgiving with friends and it was a huge hit. I have two in the oven now for family Thanksgiving on Thursday.

  7. Wowee I missed this! What a fantastic pie and I will try this. I usually steam my pumpkin tender but I think I might try roasting it for this. Beautiful!

  8. Hi Zoe! This looks fabulous. I was just curious though – Do you think it would still work if I used a pre-made pie shell instead?

  9. Needed to find something for my pumpkin craving. This looks like it should work. Also realized that I haven’t been receiving your posts. I think I was receiving 2 copies so I tried to unsubscribe from one but I guess it did both. Hopefully, I’m back on the list again.

  10. OMG…….this could be the happiest combination of fall flavors ever. I have to ask though, how DEEP is that pie dish? It looks like a very deep, but not that wide diameter dish. My daughter and I are pumpkin pie fanatics during the holidays…but I LOVE caramel apple flavors so I’d try this, but I don’t know that I have a dish deep enough to make it work.

  11. I first made this pie for Thanksgiving 1997–a field editor for Taste of Home made her version, but I had to double all the spices for my taste–and it was SOOOO awesome!! Now that I’m alone and don’t cook for Thanksgiving (and don’t observe the other man-made holidays), I don’t make this wonderful pie. But seeing it again makes me think “the coworkers! They’d love it, especially the men!”

  12. HI! I am hoping to bake this pie this weekend… I have a question – do you think instead of layering it I could mix it all together and bake with a crumble on top? Or does it definitely need to be layered for proper baking?

    1. Hi Briana,

      Yes, you can mix it all together and it will be just fine. The apples will likely fall to the bottom anyway, but give it a try and let me know how it goes.

      Thanks, Zoë

  13. This is the best ever dessert recipe I’ve made. All the rave at work. Thanks for making my 1st attempt of baking pie easy and a success!

  14. I just made this pie tonight. Should it still be loose in the center. I picked a knife in the center and it still came out loose. I left it in for a little longer and it didn’t seem to make a difference. Is this normal? Or should I put it back in for longer?

  15. This looks wonderful! I saw your video on IG and noticed that you appeared to have different fats rather then all lard… could you give the amounts you used in the IG video? looks like mostly butter and lard/shortening.. Thanks so much!!

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