Earning My Apron: Apple Cider Bourbon Pie

For those of you who don't follow me much, I recently had surgery on my right ankle. While I'm a-okay and we're on the road towards recovery, I'm still pretty limited to what I can do for the next few weeks. I've been looking for things to do to keep me from going crazy and then I had this even crazier idea to start cooking. 

I can't cook you guys. Jon has to help out if I want a fried egg, garlic bread in the broiler always ends up burnt, it's embarrassing. So I wanted to start making recipes that challenged me with skill, patience, and using ingredients I'm not use to cooking with. I wanted to start this process AND blog about it so that I can look back a year or two from now and say look how far I've come! It's also an excuse to take photos again because if we're being 100% honest, I had to wipe dust off my camera when I picked it up yesterday. Yikes. 

Anyway, this is a pretty easy recipe that I got from my sweet friend Wesley over at Have A Wesley Day, she's the epitome of a southern belle so if she made it and loved it, it had to be good. The recipe came from How Sweet Eats (scroll to the bottom for recipe!) and this is not a blog on how to make the pie because she did a killer job on that herself. This is a post on how I went through the process and things I changed, learned, and the overall outcome. 

MOST IMPORTANTLY....

If you have any recipes I should try, tools I should get, or just helpful advice, leave it in the comments below! 

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I'm a sucker for sweet. So I used red delicious apples because 1) they are my favorite and 2) they are the only type of apple that I can stand to eat. I wasn't sure how the recipe would turn out since they are really juicy so I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. 

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I'm pretty awful at slicing apples. Is there a proper way to do this? The apples are supposed to be sliced pretty thin but mine were all sorts of weird shapes and sizes. I guess it all ends up being eaten anyway but my apples looked like a hot mess. 

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So here is where my boredom came into play. I wanted a FALL pie but I didn't have any cookie cutters so I took a pre-made pie crust (because I don't have the patience to make my own pie crust) and HAND CUT EACH SINGLE LEAF. This took forever but I'm so glad I did. 

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Added the "veins" of the leaves and some crinkle edges with a fork and knife. A tooth pick would have been way easier but of course I didn't have any. 

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Make sure those apples get coated! The sugar and flour will help soak up the apple pie filling below:

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Confession. This made me nervous. I'm really prone to ruining things that require "medium to high heat" and although these ingredients were all liquid, it wasn't thickening like the recipe said. I followed the recipe but the liquid ended up having the consistency of soda. I was hoping this wouldn't make the pie runny or watery. *queue the panicking*

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Now this oatmeal crumble for the top should ACTUALLY be called oatmeal crack. I ate the rest out of the bowl. It's delicious. I'm going to make this 'crumble' for any and every baking recipe I use from here until forever. So easy, it's crunchy, and SO GOOD. 

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I poured the mixture from the stove into the bowl with the apples and the oatmeal crumble was all mixed up and ready to go. LETS MAKE A PIE. 

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I threw my leaves back on the pie just in scattered pattern and left them loose on the top of the pie. I'm glad I did this because when it was done, it was easier to cut and you had these little "leaves" with each spoonful. I also threw an egg wash (one egg, splash of cold water, brown sugar, a pinch of cinnamon) on top of the leaves. 


BAKE at 375º for 30-45m

I had REALLY high expectations for this 'golden brown' color on my pie leaves so I watched this pie like a hawk in the oven. I ended up cooking this for about 35 minutes and then putting aluminum foil on the crust so it wouldn't burn the leaves while the rest ended up cooking. I can't remember where I learned to do that but it worked and I gave myself a pat on the back. 

I let the pie cool for about an hour (to take the pictures below hehe) and in that time, all the liquid had soaked into the apples and it was PERFECT. I almost cried an actual tear I was so happy at how it turned out! See below. 

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The best part? This pie tasted even better the very next day. Definitely make this one a day ahead for any events or parties and thank me later ;) 

GET THE RECIPE HERE and tag me in a photo if you make it!!! 

Got any cooking advice, help, or recipes I should try next? Comment below!

Posted by Ashley Lester.