img_0966 This pie is a winner - like, an actual winner. My neighborhood has an annual Apple Festival, and this year my Brown Butter Bourbon Apple Pie took home the "Best Overall" prize. See below for proof of championship: img_0818 It's perfect for Thanksgiving, a housewarming, or just a lazy Saturday when you want to combine the two best things: pie and bourbon. img_0893 img_0895 img_0908 img_0909 img_0930 img_0935 img_0898 img_0914 img_0913 img_0916 img_0919 img_0923 img_0901 img_0937 img_0940 img_0948 *Adapted from Butter Me Up Brooklyn's Brown Butter Bourbon Apple Pie with Almond Crumble The How To (The Crust):
  1. Place a stick of butter in the freezer for a few minutes to prepare
  2. Fill a 1/4 measuring cup with cold water and drop an ice cube in
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the 1 1/4 cups flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. Dice the 8 tablespoons (1 stick) of very cold butter into small chunks
  5. Cut the butter into the flour mixture (you can use your fingers, a pastry blender, or two forks)
  6. Pour the ice water (ice cube removed!) over the mixture and press together with a rubber spatula
  7. Knead the dough with your hands a couple of times, just until it comes together. You can add one more tablespoon of water if the dough is too dry, but only do this if really need to.
  8. Wrap in plastic wrap, flatten into a disk shape, and refrigerate for at least an hour
The How To (The Crumble Topping):
  1. In a smallish bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup almond flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon cloves, and 1/4 teaspoon salt
  2. Chop the 1/2 cup of almonds into smallish pieces and add to the flour mixture
  3. Dice the 6 tablespoons of butter into small cubes and cut into the flour mixture. The texture should be sandy
  4. Place in the fridge until you're ready to use
The How To (The Filling):
  1. Peel and core the apples, then chop them into 1/4 inch slices
  2. Combine the chopped apples, lemon juice, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, pinch of nutmeg, and two tablespoons of bourbon.
  3. Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add 4 tablespoons of butter and heat until brown and nutty, whisking occasionally.
  4. Pour the brown butter over the apple mixture and stir to coat thoroughly
The How To (Assembly): 
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  2. Roll out the pie dough and place in a 9-inch pie plate. Prick all over with a fork and freeze for 30 minutes, or until solid
  3. Cover the frozen pie crust tightly with a piece of buttered foil. Really press it down!
  4. Bake for 25 minutes then remove from the oven and discard the foil.
  5. Raise the oven temperature to 450 degrees.
  6. Layer the apples in concentric circles in the pre-baked pie crust.
  7. Sprinkle the crumble mixture evenly over the pie.
  8. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Lower the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 25-30 minutes.
  9. Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes, or until all the juices are set.
img_0978 A Few Notes:
  • I suggest using a mix of tart apples (like granny smith), and sweet apples (like honeycrisp).  The number you need will vary based on how big the apples are, but you can't really go wrong since there's crumble on top!
  • You could replace the slivered almonds in the crumble with pecans if you're feeling fancy
  • Don't worry if the pie dough gets sticky - just pop it back in the fridge for 5 minutes and keep rollin'
  • You can put pieces of tented foil as a "shield" around the crust if at any point during baking the crust starts to brown too quickly
  • I used Knob Creek bourbon and thought it worked very well, but you can definitely substitute for your favorite
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