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[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Today's pie combines two of my favorite flavors: caramel and apple. And yes, it requires making homemade caramel, but we have a handy guide on how to make it at home that includes step-by-step instructions with photos.

Once the caramel is cooled, you toss it with the apples—try Northern Spy apples for this pie, as they lend a sweet-tart contrast and hold their shape when baked. The gooey caramel apples are placed in the crust then into the oven it goes, like normal. It's one extra little step, but one extra delicious pie.

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