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Apple Pie with vodka crust

Last updated on January 12, 2014

I happened upon a pie dough recipe that called for vodka and used words like “fool proof.” Naturally I was intrigued. The trick with the alcohol is to prevent gluten formation in the dough which can make it difficult to roll and prone to cracking.



2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
12 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 –inch pieces & chilled
8 tbsp. vegetable shortening cut into ¼ –inch pieces & chilled
¼ cup of vodka chilled
¼ cup ice water chilled


Process 1 ½ cups of flour, sugar, and salt in food processor (about 5 seconds).
Scatter butter & shortening onto mix and continue to process until uneven chunks begin to form and no visible flour remains (approx. 15 seconds).
Scrape down bowl and redistribute evenly around the blade.
Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of flour on top of mix.
Pulse to break up.
Sprinkle vodka and ice water over mix.
Process until mix becomes cohesive and uniform forming into a dough ( about 15 to 20 seconds).
Divide dough into two even pieces and form into 4 inch disks using two plastic freezer bags.
Refrigerate for 1 hour before rolling out in to the bottom and top pieces of the pie crust.



¾ cup plus 1 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. grated lemon zest plus 1 tsp. of lemon juice
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. allspice
2 lbs. McIntosh apples peeled, cored, halved, and sliced into ¼ inch slices
1 ½ lbs. Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, halved, and sliced into ¼ inch slices
1 large egg white lightly beaten


Mix ¾ cup sugar, flour, lemon zest, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice in a large bowl.
Add lemon juice and apples and toss until combined.
Spread apples with their juices into dough lined pie plate; mound them nice and high.
Drape the top pie crust over the pie leaving the edges draped.
Pinch the edges joining the bottom and top crusts neatly then trim the edges.
Brush the top crust with the egg whites and sprinkle with sugar.
Cut 4 slits in the top to vent.
Heat oven to 425 degree Fahrenheit with baking sheet inside.
Reduce temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place pie on heated pie sheet and bake until golden brown (about 25 minutes).
Let cool for 4 hours to allow the filling to set completely.

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  1. kimberly kimberly

    Looks Beautiful!! What additional flavor or consistency does the Vodak provide?

    • So the vodka. What it does is something with the gluten formation and helping to prevent keeping it from getting sticky. What I have experienced so far is it’s totally easy to roll out when properly chilled and it usually comes out flaky and light. Eddie is making a quiche right now with the remnants from this recipe.

  2. kimberly smith kimberly smith

    Jeff, I made your Ratatouille last night! Wow, cooking all of the vegetables singularly is a load of work, but they caramelize beautifully! Your recipe instructions cracked me up along the way and I can’t wait to share my notes. The only change I made was I added about 3/4 cup mozzarella. I didn’t taste any heat from the Jalapenos and was looking for that one ingredient to pull all the flavors together. Thank you for sharing. Talk soon!

    • Kimberly, thanks for taking a look and trying something out. I’d love to hear more soon. All my best to you!

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