Apple Cider Pie

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This Apple Cider Pie has apple cider in every bite – and it’s the best pie I’ve ever eaten. #truth

Apple Cider Pie - apple cider in the crust and the filling! The crust is perfectly flaky and the filling is so easy! This is the BEST apple pie I've ever eaten.

There is one thing that Jordan MUST bring to school with her every day. As in, life will end if she forgets it.

It’s not homework.

It’s not her lunch or snack.

It’s not her violin.

It’s her sunglasses. She cannot, under any circumstances, forget her sunglasses when she goes to school. Doing so makes the day miserable. She comes home cranky, upset, and usually with a headache. (She has really sensitive eyes; not must-go-to-the-doctor-sensitive, but just light colored eyes that are sensitive to anything bright, indoors and out.)

She has approximately 10 pairs of sunglasses at home. She even has a special place by the front door to put her sunglasses. Right now? There is one pair in that cubby. There are also three pairs on her dresser, a pair on her desk, one in her bed, and several hidden throughout the house.

Jordan is in the 5th grade. She’s 10. For 5 years I’ve told her: keep a pair in the car. Keep a pair in your backpack. Keep a pair in your desk. Does she? No.

So guess what happened last Thursday?

You probably guessed correctly: doomsday.

This Apple Cider Pie is the BEST apple pie I've ever eaten!

As she’s getting out of the car in the drop line at school she exclaims, “I FORGOT MY SUNGLASSES!!!!!!!”

And I had to be the mom. The mean, wicked, must-teach-lessons-not-be-BFF mom. I told her, “Sorry, nothing I can do about that.”

And then I waited all day for the inevitable aftermath 3:30 would bring.

Parenting is hard. Which is why God invented pie. (And wine.)

This pie is not hard. It looks hard, but it’s not. Also, it’s apple, which is my favorite. It’s got lots of crust. And it’s ALL full of apple cider: the crust, the filling, and the topping.

#winningatpie

Apple Cider Pie Recipe

After making this Apple Cider Pound Cake, I still had some cider to use up. While we were in Apple Hill picking the apples I used in this pie, I also picked up a few of the local Apple Hill recipe books. One of them included a recipe for Apple Cider Pie, which cooked the apples in cider and made a syrup out of it for the filling in the pie. That intrigued me, because I always cook my apples for pie.

Then I got to thinking…could I add apple cider to my favorite all butter pie crust instead of using water? Guess what? YOU CAN.

Have you ever made a vinegar or vodka pie crust? I have, although I’ve never posted them (yet). If you have made those kinds of crust you’ll know that they create an extremely flaky end product. The same goes with the cider. It adds a little sweetness and a lot of flaky to my pie crust recipe.

THIS apple cider pie crust is now my favorite pie crust recipe.

Apple Cider Pie - an easy apple pie recipe that's the BEST recipe ever! Apple cider in the crust and filling - it's SO good!

Now let’s talk about filling. Like I said, I always cook my apples before putting them in pie. I do not like a crunchy apple pie and par-boiling them is the only way I’ve ever found to make the apples the perfect tenderness.

The Apple Cider Pie recipe I found called for cooking the apples in cider (like I would normally do in water). Once the apples are translucent, you remove them and reserve the cooking liquid. Then you add cornstarch and sugar to thicken it before adding it to the bottom crust. You guys, the filling is out of this world.

This apple cider pie is now my favorite apple pie. Which, considering that my original recipe is why I started this blog, is a HUGE statement.

I decided to top the pie with a lattice because (1) I’ve never made a two crust apple pie (I KNOW, RIGHT?) and (2) I thought it would look really pretty. You can skip the lattice and just make it a two crust pie if you want, or use the crumb mixture from my second favorite recipe. If you’ve never made a lattice before, it’s actually easy. Just use this lattice topped pie photo tutorial.

Once the pie was done, I took it one further and made homemade apple cider sauce. You can skip it, but man, you really shouldn’t. You should make the sauce (or at least use caramel sauce).

Apple Cider Sauce on top of Apple Cider Pie!

A few notes about the recipe:

  • If you need a visual making the pie crust, use this pie crust photo tutorial.
  • If you need a visual making the lattice, use this lattice photo tutorial.
  • The crust is more delicate than my normal recipe, because of the sugar in the apple cider. If it’s too soft to roll right away, you may need to chill it first. Once you’ve rolled it out, make sure to chill the crusts as directed before filling, topping, and baking. It’s very important the crust is COLD.
  • The filling will thicken more as it cooks, but make sure that the pie is completely cool – even chilled – for the prettiest slicing. I was impatient, as you can see in the photos, and cut it before it was totally cool. Once I’d chilled it for a few hours and gone back for seconds, the filling was no longer leaky. However, it’s best served warm. With lots of ice cream and apple cider sauce or caramel.

Enjoy!

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Apple Cider Pie

This Apple Cider Pie has apple cider in every bite! Adding apple cider to the pie crust makes it super flaky and the apple cider in the apples makes a sweet and delicious pie filling!

Ingredients:

For the Crust:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter. cold
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons apple cider, cold

For the Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons apple cider, divided
  • 5-6 cups apples, sliced (I used what looked like Golden Delicious from an orchard, use your favorite)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Heavy whipping cream and sugar for dusting (optional)
  • Ice cream, whipped cream, and/or apple cider syrup for topping (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Dice butter into cubes and put back in the refrigerator. Place flour and salt in a food processor and pulse until combined. Add butter and pulse until the butter is crumbly, just a few seconds. Add 3 tablespoons apple cider and run the food processor until the mixture starts to clump. Test the mixture with your fingers – is it crumbly or smooth? If it’s too smooth to form one full ball in the food processor add 1 teaspoon more of apple cider (up to 1 full tablespoon more) until the mixture forms a ball when the processor is running. Be careful not to add too much liquid.
  3. Divide the dough into two balls. If the dough is too soft, chill for 30 minutes before rolling it out. If you can, roll out each ball separately on a lightly floured surface. (A silicone mat is very helpful for this step!) The diameter of the crust should be at least 1” larger than an inverted pie plate. Place one pie crust in a 9” pie plate. Place the other on a cookie sheet covered with parchment or wax paper. Chill both crusts until the filling is ready. (The chilling is important. They MUST be chilled before adding filling, topping, and baking for optimal results.)
  4. Place the apples and 1 1/2 cups of apple cider in a large skillet. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the apples are almost translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the apples and reserve the cooking liquid in the pan.
  5. Stir together granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and salt. Stir in 2 tablespoons of cold apple cider. Add the cornstarch mixture to the hot apple liquid in the pan. Cook over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Add the butter and stir until melted. Remove from heat and add the apples back to the hot liquid. Let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Remove crusts from the refrigerator. Slice the flat crust into 1” slices using a knife or pizza cutter. Sprinkle the brown sugar, cinnamon and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch in the bottom of the pie crust in the pie plate. Place the slightly cooled apples into the pie plate. Top the pie with the strips of dough in a lattice pattern.
  7. To create the lattice pattern (see this post for image tutorial): choose every other strip and place them on the pie crust with 1” gaps between them. Then take each remaining strip, starting at one end of the pie, and weave the strips over and under the strips that are on the pie in an alternating pattern.
  8. Brush the top of the pie with a little heavy whipping cream and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Place the pie on a cookie sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Cool completely before cutting. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream and apple cider syrup.

Notes:

Don’t want to make the lattice? Just top the pie with the second crust and cut a hold or some slits in the center for air to escape. Brush with the heavy cream and sugar as directed. You can also skip the second crust and top with crumble instead.

For a lattice tutorial, click here.

For a pie crust making tutorial, click here.

For the apple cider sauce, click here.

Filling adapted from Apple Hill Recipes, Volume 1.

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32 comments

  1. Apple Pie just got the most fabulous makeover ever! What a scrummy pie! <3

  2. This looks like the apple pie of my dreams! Love that it is full of Apple cider. And your lattice looks perfect!

  3. I’m the same way. I have dark eyes, but contacts have made them hyper-sensitive. People think I’m trying to look cool, but nope. Trying to avoid a migraine from hitting.
    And sometimes you’ve gotta be that mom, the I-told-you-so person. She knows it’s true, and she’s probably more mad at herself than you.
    This pie cures all. It’s got the perfect lattice, too!

  4. I’ve used vodka in pie crusts before, but using cider is genius! It sounds amazing. And the filling looks out of this world!

  5. Wow, this looks like the ultimate fall-time pie! I typically use vodka in my pie dough (and had never heard of using vinegar…interesting!), but I’m more than happy to try switching to cider. I’ve actually never made an apple pie, so I’m glad to hear the trick about parboiling the apples – crunchy apples in pie are a no-no in my book too!

  6. I hope Jordan and you have recovered from the no-sunglasses day ,hopefully it won’t happen again or any time soon! This pie looks so delicious, using the apple cider is so smart and no doubt super tasty! 

  7. Yummy! I would love a slice with some ice cream!

  8. For you to say this is now your favorite apple pie is a huge statement but I can see why! The crust looks so delicate and perfect and the cider sauce…just give me a big mug of that 🙂

  9. Wow! This looks wonderful. Any left?? lol 🙂

  10. I can practically taste that apple pie. It looks so delicious. Beautiful lattice! And that syrup….yum. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. That pie looks amazing.  And apple cider in pie crust is just plain brilliant!  I am definitely resisting the urge to leap up and make apple pie now.  And I will certainly be making this next time I DO make apple pie instead of my favourite version, because it sounds too good not to!

  12. Apple cider in the crust is basically what every apple pie EVER has been missing! Love this 🙂

  13. Great idea for a pie!  Yummy! I’m with you on the teach-them-a-lesson by 5th grade.  At my daughter’s school they don’t allow kids to call home to ask the mother to bring a forgotten lunch (to teach responsibility) – the kid gets a chunk of cheese from the school.  So, one day she announces to my husband as he drives her to school, “uh-oh, I forgot my lunch!”  He says, “oh well, it’s not easy being cheesy”, and drops her off.

  14. I’ve so been there with my kids. Then you have to suffer the result of teaching them the lesson. Thank God you had this amazing pie. And wine. I had wine last night because of that very reason. This pie looks absolutely amazing!! Genius to put the cider in the pie crust. 

  15. Total Yummalicious!!!! What more does a person need if they’ve got pie….and cider pie, even better!!

  16. Good for you for being “the mom!” Stay strong! 🙂 This pie looks incredible, I so can’t wait to try it!

  17. What a great idea to add apple cider to the crust! Can’t wait to try this!

  18. Poor girl! Being 10 is hard! 🙂 I remember I had an unhealthy attachment to my caboodle box with all my crayons and markers, if I forgot that it was basically a national disaster! 

  19. I’m laughing hysterically about the similarities between your 10 year old daughter and my 36 year old husband! I can’t count how many sunglasses he has yet he always seems to be without a pair, gah! This pie (and wine) would most definitely soothe my sorrows after dealing with him! It’s SO gorgeous Dorothy!

  20. Apple cider in apple pie? Now that is just brilliant!! Your’s looks so beautiful!

  21. I am seriously in love with all the apple cider goodness in this pie!  I have done other liquids in pie crust, but never thought about cider.  Mind blown!  

  22. While teaching your kids responsibility is very important, I encourage parents to filter their response to a situation with how they would like to be treated. I did not use going without a meal to teach a lesson. That will affect the rest of their school day in the ability to learn which is why they are there. And probably some friends shared to help out. So what has the child really learned from this lesson, is the question we as parents must ask ourselves.

  23. Hi Dorothy,

    I made this pie yesterday and it is delicious. But nowhere in the recipe can I find where it tells you when to add the cinnamon. I put it in with the apples and cider in the skillet. If I am missing it in the directions, my apologies, but I read through it several times. The crust came together beautifully, no refrigeration needed and it rolled out perfectly. Everyone who has tried it says it is the best apple pie they have ever eaten, so thank you so much for the recipe.
    Vicki

  24. Ok, best apple pie recipe ever!! I did not use all the juice in the pie.. Thought it would be too soggy, but I saved it and drizzled it over the pie.  I just wish recipes would be more specific on the amount of apples.  I figured it out…it doesn’t have to be exact anyway. The apple cider sauce you will want …don’t dare throw any away.. It is so tasty

  25. Does the bottom of the crust get soggy?

    • I don’t find it soggy – it’s not crisp and crunchy though. I like my crusts more doughy/soft so that’s how this one is. You can make it more crunchy by cooking it at a higher temp for about 10 minutes, then lowering it to the recipe temperature when your first start baking it.

  26. I’ve used vodka in pie crusts before, but using cider is genius! It sounds amazing. And the filling looks out of this world!

  27. Hi! I really wanted to make this pie for thanksgiving, but I don’t own a food processor 🙁 Is there any way I could make this without one (by using a blender or mixer, etc.)? 

  28. I made this for a friends birthday. I was told it tasted like a “67 year old Amish woman made this pie”!! So insanely good. I don’t even like apple pie and I love this! Thank you for this recipe!

    Rating: 5

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