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Apple Bourbon Pecan Pie Recipe

Updated on October 8, 2015
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Chazz is an Interior Decorator/Consultant/Retailer, amateur photographer, cook, gardener, handyman, currently restoring an 1880 Victorian.

Better-than-Mom's Apple Pie with Bourbon and Pecans

This Apple Bourbon Pecan Pie has been a favorite here for as long as I can remember. Contrasting flavors (sweet, spicy, tart) and textures (soft, firm, flaky, crunchy) add interest and variety to every bite. While I never met an apple pie I did not like, I absolutely adore this one and I'm sure you will too. Use firm crisp apples so they don't get watery, soft or mushy when baked.

I like to use a combination of mostly green-skinned Granny Smith apples (I like the tartness) with a smaller amount of one other type, depending on availability and quality, which can vary from year to year as well as from store to store or tree to tree. Empire, Jonathan, Pink Lady, Rome, Winesap, and Fuji are just some of the types that hold up well for pie making.

For the crust, you can follow the recipe on our pie crust lens or use your own favorite. You can also use a good frozen pre-made deep dish pie shell (such as Oronoque). You will need a top and bottom crust. If you use a gluten-free pie crust mix, flour or pie crust recipe this apple pie will be gluten-free for those with gluten sensitivities, allergies or celiac disease.

Equipment Needed to Bake Apple Pies

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Whether you go with basics, peeling and coring apples by hand with a paring knife, for example, or upgrade to using items that make the process easier, the pie will taste great. You don't need fancy equipment, but sometimes the extras are nice to have.

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  • 9 or 10" Deep dish Pie pan
  • Apple parer and corer
  • Sharp paring knife
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Aluminum foil
  • Pot holders
  • Jelly roll pan

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Apple Pie Fresh from the Oven
Apple Pie Fresh from the Oven | Source

Ingredients For 1 Pie

  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup raisins, (See instructions below)
  • Bourbon, Don't have bourbon? You can substitute Whiskey or Scotch
  • 1/4 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 cup shelled pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar (use 1/2 cup if you prefer sweeter pie)
  • 8 cups of sliced apples - pared and cored, (HINT: sprinkle or toss sliced apples lightly with lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon flour, (can use gluten free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 Pie crust-lined pie pan, (If using frozen pie crust, follow directions for filled double crust pie)

At least 4 hours before making pie filling

Prepare Raisins

Soak 1/2 to 3/4 cups raisins in just enough bourbon to cover them. Soak at least several hours until they are plump. (I usually bake in the morning, so I put the raisins in a 1 cup measuring cup, pour bourbon over them, and cover with plastic wrap the night before.)

Pie crust edge crimped with fork tines
Pie crust edge crimped with fork tines | Source


1. Spread butter thinly over inside (bottom and sides) of bottom crust

2. Press pecans into butter and slightly into pie crust (be careful not to tear pastry)

3. Sprinkle brown sugar over pecans and pat down.

4. Blend rest of dry ingredients and spices together

5. Drain raisins and add to apple slices in large mixing bowl

(If you have any pecans left, you can break them up and toss them in also)

6. Add lemon juice and peel to bowl (do not add egg white)

7. Sprinkle dry ingredients evenly into bowl and combine, stirring gently with slotted spoon.

8. Pile filling on top of pecan-lined pie crust

9. Add top crust and flute or crimp edges with tines of fork.

(Pie in photo has been garnished with apple cut from excess pastry dough from crust)

Decorative Garnish on Apple Pie Crust
Decorative Garnish on Apple Pie Crust | Source

The finishing touches

Garnishing the crust

10. Prick the crust with a fork and, if desired, cut an apple or other shape out of pie crust dough, moisten back of it and "stick" on top of crust.

Glazing the pie with egg white
Glazing the pie with egg white | Source

Almost done

For a nicely glazed crust

11. Using a pastry brush, coat the crust with the beaten egg white before baking.

Fresh from the oven pie
Fresh from the oven pie | Source

Bake Your Pie

Here's how

12. Place jelly roll pan on rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place pie in center of jelly roll pan and bake for 10 minutes. Lower temperature to 350 degrees and bake until nicely browned (about 30 to 40 minutes).

How to Avoid Burning The Edges of Pie Crust

If you are not using a pie shield made to cover the edges of a pie (see above), once edges of crust are browned, take pie out of oven and cover the crimped edges with folded strips of aluminum foil to prevent them from getting too dark or burnt. Be careful not to burn yourself. Return pie to oven until finished baking.

Packaged as a Set of 2, these cooling racks are perfect for pies and other baked goods.
Packaged as a Set of 2, these cooling racks are perfect for pies and other baked goods. | Source

Cool pie on rack and enjoy with whipped cream, ice cream, or plain.

Warmed or chilled, this pie tastes even better the next day -- if there's any left!

Maybe you should plan on baking more than one!

Chazz's Apple Pecan Bourbon Pie

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      7 years ago

      Great recipe and a great lens, well done!

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      orthodontist au 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for a good read. Looks delicious, can't wait to give it a try!

    • lclchors profile image


      7 years ago

      great lens. sounds like a tasty pie

    • swarupreddyk profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens..Keep going.I gave you a squid like too..

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      7 years ago from Australia

      I learn something new on Squidoo every day - I did not know that apples and roses were related. Easter Blessings.

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      Wedding Mom 

      7 years ago

      You made me want to stop working and grab an apple pie.

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      7 years ago

      delicious looking indeed.

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      Rose Jones 

      7 years ago

      Terrific - bookmarked. I am not a raisin fan though, I might switch it to some other dried fruit.

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      7 years ago

      Congratulation on making it onto the Best Pies Monsterboard! :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Love apple pie but I don't think I've ever had one quite like yours.

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      8 years ago

      This looks like a great recipe and one that I definitely want to try!

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      8 years ago

      Amazing recipe! Apple pies are an all time favorite. Thanks for sharing your tips. :)

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      8 years ago

      Looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jen Maskill 

      8 years ago

      I'm inspired Thank you x


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