Last weekend I invited some friends over for dinner, but they weren't just any friends. They were the one and only couple I've ever set up on a blind date, and they're still together 18 months later! I'm really proud, obviously. They like to cook, so during the week before dinner, we threw around ideas and had a few dishes we each could make. We ended up with quite an eclectic menu, but it was all so delicious.
For dessert, I went to the Williams-Sonoma website for some ideas, and the recipe on the front of the 'desserts' tab looked perfect. This pie is meant to feed a crowd, but it was just the four of us, so I cut the recipe in half. I also added some old fashioned oats to the crumbly topping because I think all streusel toppings need it! The only difficult part of making this pie was choosing a bourbon from my husbands collection. For the record, I went with Maker's Mark because he has 2 bottles, and wouldn't miss a few tablespoons!
Deep-Dish Apple Bourbon Streusel Pie
just slightly adapted from this Williams-Sonoma recipe
1 3/4 c. unbleached all purpose flour
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
8 tbsp. butter, very cold (or frozen)
1 egg yolk
1/4 c. ice water
3 lbs. baking apples (I used 1.5 lbs. Golden Delicious, 1.5 lbs. Gala)
1/3 c. packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. fresh grated nutmeg
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of kosher salt
2 tbsp. bourbon
1/4 c. unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 c. old fashioned oats
1/4 c. packed light brown sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 c. chopped pecans
4 tbsp. very cold butter (or frozen)
To make dough:
Add flour, sugar and salt to a mixing bowl.
Using a box grater, grate butter into the flour mixture, toss with a fork to distribute.
Add egg yolk and 1 tbsp. water, toss dough with a fork, when it begins to come together, quickly mix with fingertips, be careful to keep butter pieces in tact.
Add water by the tbsp. to moisten flour just until dough comes together.
Form into a disc and wrap in saran wrap.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes to a day in advance.
Add all ingredients except apples to a large mixing bowl.
Peel apples, core and slice into 1/4" slices.
Toss apples with sugar mixture, coat pieces evenly.
Add all ingredients except butter and nuts to a mixing bowl.
Grate butter into streusel, use a fork to distribute evenly.
Add nuts, stir with a fork.
Place streusel in the refrigerator while preparing pie.
Preheat oven to 350*
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into shape of your baking dish (I used a deep pie dish).
Place pie crust into baking dish, flute edges by pinching.
Pour apple mixture into pie crust, scrape out all of the syrup and drizzle over apples evenly.
Crumble streusel mixture on top.
Place pie in the oven and bake for 40 minutes.
Check to see if top has browned too much, if so, cover with aluminum foil.
When crust is golden, top is browned and apples ooze up the sides, remove from the oven (timing depends on shape of your baking dish)
Cool and serve warm to room temperature with vanilla ice cream, if desired.