I have a confession to make. I am hands down, no lie, without a doubt a pie person.
Cake is delicious. I could easily eat an entire cake in one sitting. But there’s something about pie that is just oh so satisfying. That said, when I cheat on cake with a pie, it better be a mind-blowingly delicious pie. This is that pie.
Ree Drummond from pioneerwoman.com is my hero, and her “Dreamy Apple Pie” will take everything you thought a pie could be and turn it upside down. I made a change to her original recipe that makes this pie perfect for the holidays, and perfect for your whiskey, too — I mean, sweet tooth.
Nine-inch pie crust just get a boxed one. I tried to make my own on Thanksgiving and ended up crying. Not worth it if you can’t do it already.
Three large Granny Smiths, peeled, cored and sliced as thin as you can
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 cup heavy cream
2 tsps. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. Fireball Whiskey
1/8 tsps. cinnamon
7 Tbsp. butter
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup pecans
Hearty dash of salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Roll out pie dough and place it in a buttered and floured pie pan. You don’t want this baby sticking, you want it in your belly ASAP.
OK, get ready. Roll your sleeves up. This is the rough part. Throw the sliced apples into a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix everything else for the pie together. Throw that in the apple bowl. Mix it to coat. Whew, that was rough. Put the apple mixture into the shell.
In a food processor, combine everything for the pie topping together. My family just bought a new food processor, and it is the greatest thing I have ever seen. Pulse it a few times to combine, and pour the topping over the apples.
Attach foil to the edges and place the pie on top of a cookie sheet. I forgot the cookie sheet when I first put the pie in, and it dripped. Our smoke alarm alerted us later.
Bake the pie for an hour, or until bubbly and golden brown. You can bake it up to 15 or 20 minutes more if necessary.
Eat, a lot. Oh, and enjoy your family and the holidays and all that stuff. But mostly pie.