Bourbon Apple Pie


For the crust

      • 3 CUPS All-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
      • 2 TBSP Granulated sugar
      • ⅛ TSP Baking powder
      • A PINCH of Salt
      • ¼ CUP vegetable shortening, cold/refrigerated
      • 2 STICKS unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, cold/refrigerated
      • 1 TBSP Bourbon
      • 8 to 10 TBSP Ice water
      • 1 Large egg, lightly beaten
      • Coarse sugar, for sprinkling

For the Filling

      • 4 POUNDS Assorted variety of apples
      • 2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
      • ¼ CUP plus 1 TBSP Bourbon
      • 5 TBSP unsalted butter
      • ⅔ CUP granulated sugar
      • 1 TSP ground cinnamon
      • ¼ TSP ground ginger


  1. Make the crust: Pulse the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt in a food processor to combine. Add the shortening and pulse until the mixture looks like coarse meal. Add the butter and pulse until it is in pea-size pieces. Add the bourbon and pulse until just incorporated. Pulse in the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough holds together when pinched. Turn out the dough onto a large piece of plastic wrap and gather together, using the plastic wrap to help you. Divide into 2 pieces and gently pat each into a disk; wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.

  2. Make the filling: Peel the apples and slice about ¼ inch thick. Toss with the lemon juice and ¼ cup bourbon. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the apples and sprinkle with half of the granulated sugar. Cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to simmer, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the apples soften, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Add 2 more tablespoons butter to the skillet and repeat with the remaining apples and sugar. Add to the bowl and toss with the cinnamon and ginger. Let cool completely.

  3. Roll out 1 disk of dough into a 12-inch round on a lightly floured surface. Ease into a 9-inch pie plate. Roll out the remaining disk of dough into a 12-inch round on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.

  4. Spoon the apple filling into the prepared pie crust. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon bourbon and dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Lay the dough round over the filling. Pinch the overhanging dough together and fold under itself; crimp the edge with your fingers. Cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape. Brush the crust with the beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Refrigerate 1 hour.

  5. Put a baking sheet on the lowest oven rack; preheat to 400 degrees F. Bake the pie on the hot baking sheet until the crust is golden, 60 to 70 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool at least 2 hours.