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Cinnamon Apple Pie

Author: Samantha Ferraro


Pie Dough

  • 2 1/2 c flour chilled and sifted
  • 2 sticks of butter chilled and cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup vodka chilled
  • 1/4 cup water chilled

Cinnamon Apple Filling

  • 6 apples peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lemon juice and zested
  • 1 Tb flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tb cornstarch
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 vanilla bean optional


  • First make the pie dough. In a food processor fitted with a dough blade, add the flour and butter and pulse until you see pea-sized crumbs.In a small cup, add 1/4 c chilled water and 1/4 c of vodka. Pulse the dough again and add the water/vodka mixture until the dough comes together. *Note, I didn't use all the liquid, it will depend on your current weather (if its damp or dry out).
  • When dough is done, bring to a floured surface and divide into 2 even pieces. Use floured hands to make it in a round disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • Make the filling. In a large bowl, add the apples, lemon zest and juice, spices, flour, sugars, vanilla extract and bean and cornstarch. Mix everything together and set aside.
  • Take one of the dough pieces out and roll out using a well-floured rolling pin. Roll dough out to about 10 inches. It should be slightly larger than your pie dish. Then use your rolling pin to roll the dough over it and transfer to the pie dish. Do not stretch the dough any more, since it will just shrink back.
  • Now full the pie with your apple filling.
  • Take the other piece of dough out and roll it the same way you did to the previous one. This time, use a knife to cut long strips about 1/4 inch wide. Then use the strips to make a lattice shape, overlapping every other one. Then, crimp any excess dough around the edges of the pie. Make sure there is no over-hand. This can be in any decoration you'd like, as long as they're all crimped together.
  • Brush the top with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, until the crust begins to brown. If your crust around the edge begins to get darker than the rest of the pie, wrap it in tin foil and continue to bake for another 15 minutes.
  • When pie is done, allow to rest for at least 30 minutes before cutting into it.