Michigan Apple Pie

Michigan Apple Pie

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  • 2 C Nightingale pastry flour
  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 oz. unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
  • 4 oz. rendered leaf lard, cut into small chunks
  • ¼ C or less ice cold water

Filling Ingredients:

  • 6 Michigan apples (Jonagold, Honey Crisp), peeled & sliced
  • 2 LG tart Michigan apples (Northern Spy), peeled & sliced
  • 1/3 C bourbon
  • ¼ C Pioneer® Sugar
  • ¼ C Pioneer® Golden Light Brown Sugar
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp. fresh ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/3 C flour


  1. Whisk together the flours and salt, then cut in the butter and lard with a pastry blender. You want pea-sized pieces. Slowly mix in water. You want the pie dough somewhat shaggy, but to hold together. Divide into 2 disks and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 425° F.

Filling Directions:

  1. Place apples in a large bowl. Mix. Place half of the apples in a small saucepan and add bourbon. Cook down until bourbon is gone and apples are somewhat dry. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl mix Pioneer® Sugar, Pioneer® Golden Light Brown Sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger and flour. Add this mixture to the apples and toss lightly until combined.
  3. Then mix in the bourbon apples. Take one pie disk out; roll and fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Put the apple mixture in. Roll the other crust. You may do a lattice or cover the pie completely. Vent the pie if you cover completely.
  4. Brush the pie with some cream. Mix 1 tsp. sugar and cardamom and sprinkle on top. Cover edges with foil or pie shield. Bake 15 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 375° F and bake for 50 more minutes. Take off foil after pie is in the oven for a total of 35 minutes. Remove to wire rack and let cool.
Michigan Apple Pie
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