Though I may have used Granny Smith Apples in this pie but believe me when I say that this is NOT your Granny's apple pie recipe. It's sweet like apple pie but with a bit of a naughty side. The filling is rich with apples and caramel but that's not all, it's then made drunken with a good hit of Southern Comfort liqueur. And while you're at it, why stop there? In my homemade pie crusts, I also add a bit of vodka to make it oh-so-flaky (the theory is that the alcohol bakes off leaving behind pockets of airy goodness).
Now, I actually don't drink except on special occasions. But, you might think that I'm a bit alcoholic...at least where cooking is concerned. Penne a la Vodka? Yes, please. Brat Burgers with Drunken Onions? Uh huh. Stuffed Chicken Marsala and Chicken Marsala Risotto (to be posted Monday!)? You betcha. Adding a bit of red wine to my Minestrone Soup? Flavor BAM!
This apple pie did not disappoint and if it weren't filled with butter and sugar, I'd be tempted to eat the whole pie myself. It has all of my favorite things: a flaky, buttery crust; loads of tart apples...sweetened with (drunken) caramel...swoon!; and then a crumbly cinnamon sugar streussel topping studded with nuts. The original recipe calls for toasting the nuts but I'm lazy and skip this...besides I think they toast just fine as they bake regularly with the rest of the pie. Overall, this pie takes some effort but is totally worth it.
Regular apple pie just won't be the same any more...
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Southern Comfort (Drunken) Caramel Apple Pie
For the Crust
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 2/3 cup (11 Tbsp) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 Tbsp chilled vodka
- 3-4 Tbsp ice water
For the Topping
- 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 Tbsp dark brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup (5 1/3 Tbsp) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
For the Filling
- 5-6 medium-sized tart baking apples
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 3 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup Southern Comfort liqueur
- 1/2 cup heavy cream