October 2nd, 2012

An All-American Dulce de Leche Apple Pie for Phoebe

One Hungry Mama Salted Caramel Apple Pie

I’ve got some fun for you today, and maybe a new show to watch. My pal Phoebe of Feed Me Phoebe is a contestant on the new Jamie Oliver produced BBC America series Chef Race, premiering tonight.

The show follows 16 chefs, 8 Americans and 8 Brits, as they race across American in hopes of winning $100,000. With no money and minimal resources, the chefs must rely on their cooking skills, as well as on their resourcefulness and ingenuity to make it through their 3,000 mile adventure. I don’t know, but Phoebe has serious cooking skills and is pretty damn smart. We might have a winner in our corner!

Chef Race

In honor of tonight’s Chef Race premier, Phoebe is hosting a virtual viewing party potluck that is starting NOW! Join in the fun by checking out the all-American recipes that Phoebe’s cheering squad has put together in her honor. Then be sure to visit the “girl next door” herself to enter to win a red, white and blue goodie bag from Le Creuset, Edgeware, and Dreamfarm.

So, what’s my all-American recipe for Phoebe? Dulce de Leche Apple Pie, of course!

A slight variation on my Salted Caramel Apple Pie, this pie combines traditional apple pie with a traditional Argentinian dulce de leche. I chose this as my all-American recipe because, in some ways, it’s even more American than the original. After all, what’s more American than reinventing a tradition to welcome a new one from another culture. America is the original melting pot and I love how this recipe plays with that.

You can make dulce de leche from scratch. I like “recipe one” in this post on From Argentina With Love because it’s made with 4 whole (and wholesome) ingredients. It’s also traditional in Argentina to make dulce de leche with condenced milk. If you want to go that route, I’d trust David Lebovitz. (You can always trust David Lebovitz.)

Here’s the thing, though. As much as I encourage from-scratch cooking, I found a store-bought dulce de leche that is amazing. It’s called La Dorita Dulce de Leche and is made with whole ingredients including antibiotic- and hormone-free milk produced local to where the sweet spread is made. Amazing, right? I vow to always keep a jar of La Dorita in my house to spread on toast, spoon over vanilla ice cream or bake into apple pie.

To make Dulce de Leche Apple Pie, simply substitute 1 cup of dulce de leche for the homemade caramel in this apple pie recipe.

And don’t forget to check out Phoebe on tonight’s premier episode of Chef Race (check the BBC America site for local listings), as well as all the other delicious recipes from Phoebe’s cheering squad:

Feed Me Phoebe: Kitchen Sink (Gluten-Free) Mac n’ Cheese
Cooking With Books: Apple Pie Shortcake
The Naptime Chef: Baked Mac & Cheese with Marinara
Creative Culinary: Spiked Apple Crisp
And Love It Too: Coconut Flour Apple Crumble (Nut-Free)
Sarcastic Cooking: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Bacon and Tomato
Umami Girl: All-American Macaroni and Cheese
Flavia’s Flavors: Pumpkin Doughnut Holes
The Promise 365: Grandma Mary’s Baked Beans
Women on Fire: Red, White, and Blue Muddle Sunrise
Mother Would Know: Basil, Sundried Tomato and Goat Cheese Pasta
Ronaldo’s Cucina: Cuban-Inspired Ground Beef
Chef Pippa Calland: Deviled Eggs
Stan Frazier: Shrimp Scampi
Sweet Dreams LA: Fuji Apple Bread Pudding with Southern Whiskey Butter Sauce
Chef Robin Bodwin: Bread and Butter Jalapenos
Rawstachio: Elvis Sandwich 2.0
Chef Cody Utzman: Grilled Rib Eyes with Olive Oil Smashed Potatoes and Sweet Corn Salad

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