Brandied Apple Pie
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8-10
A take on classic Dutch Apple Pie with a splash of Brandy and an irresistible brown sugar streusel topping.
  • For pie crust and filling:
  • 1 unbaked single pie crust (this is my favorite, check this tutorial for pie crust tips)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 10 medium-sized apples, peeled and cut into ¼" slices (I used honey crisp and golden delicious)
  • ½ to ¾ cup brown sugar (start with ½ cup and only add more if the apples are very tart)
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • ¼ cup brandy (or apple cider)
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • pinch nutmeg
  • Sweetened sour cream, whipped cream, or ice cream, for serving
  • For streusel topping:
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup cold butter
  1. For crust and pie filling:
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Butter a 9-10" deep dish pie plate. Roll out pie dough and fit into the pan. Trim the edge so there's about ½" over hang. Chill while preparing filling.
  4. Heat the butter in a large skillet. Let the butter start to brown a little, but not too brown. Add the apple slices, lemon juice and lemon zest and lower the heat a bit. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples start to soften a bit.
  5. Meanwhile, stir together the brown sugar, cornstarch, brandy, cinnamon, vanilla extract, sea salt and nutmeg. After the apples have softened a bit, add the brown sugar/cornstarch mixture and cook until it thickens and turns syrupy. Add the cream and cook for a minute longer.
  6. Transfer the filling to a big bowl while preparing the streusel.
  7. For streusel:
  8. Combine the flour, brown sugar and chopped pecans in a medium bowl. Add the cold butter and using your fingers or a pastry cutter, mix until crumbly. Set aside.
  9. For assembly:
  10. Pour the apple filling into the chilled pie crust. Sprinkle the top with streusel.
  11. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 20 minutes and turn oven down to 375 degrees F. for an additional 30-35 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling and the top is dark golden brown.
  12. Place on cooling rack and allow to cool before serving. Serve slightly warm or for nicer slices, at room temperature.
  13. Top with a little sweetened sour cream, whipped cream, or ice cream.
Recipe by Cafe Johnsonia at