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Secret Ingredient Apple Pie


Secret Ingredient Apple Pie Recipe

And the secret is...? Boiled cider, which gives this pie over-the-top flavor. In addition, an extra-long 2-hour bake yields a rich gold, nearly caramelized filling, and spectacular crust, both top and bottom.

At a glance

one 9" or 10" pie
Nutrition information


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  • 7 to 8 cups cored, peeled, and sliced Ginger Gold or Granny Smith apples; see "tips," below
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup King Arthur Pie Filling Enhancer*
  • 1/4 cup boiled cider**
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Apple Pie Spice, or spice mix of your choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • *See "tips," below
  • **Substitute frozen apple juice concentrate, if you choose; the flavor won't be quite as good.



  1. To make the crust: Whisk together the dry ingredients, then work in the cold butter until the dough is unevenly crumbly. Sprinkle in the ice water, enough to make a cohesive, pliable (not crumbly) dough.
  2. Divide the dough into two pieces, one 1/3 of the dough, and the other 2/3 of the dough. Wrap in plastic or waxed paper, and refrigerate for 1 hour, or for up to 3 days.
  3. Remove the dough from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before you want to roll it. While the dough is warming, prepare the filling.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F with a rack in the center position.
  5. To make the filling: Microwave the apple slices, uncovered, for 5 to 6 minutes, until they've softened but still retain a bit of "bite." Drain, transfer to a bowl, and stir in the remaining filling ingredients.
  6. Use 2/3 of the dough to make the bottom crust. Roll the dough into a 12" circle, and place it in a 9" to 10" pie plate (at least 1 1/4" deep). Spoon the filling into the crust.
  7. Roll out the top crust, place it over the filling, trim any excess, and seal and crimp the edges. Use crust trimmings to roll out and cut leaf shapes, if desired, and place them on the crust. Cut a slit in the center, for steam to escape.
  8. Brush the crust with milk, and sprinkle with sparkling white sugar.
  9. To bake the pie: Place the pie on a parchment-lined baking sheet (to catch any spills), and bake for 30 minutes. Gently place a sheet of aluminum foil atop the pie, covering its entire surface, and continue to bake for an additional 90 minutes, for a total of 2 hours, until the top crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
  10. Remove the pie from the oven, and allow it to cool for 1 1/2 to 2 hours before cutting (to avoid a lava-flow of filling).
  11. Store the pie for a day or so at room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days; or wrap well and freeze for longer storage.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 196g
  • Servings Per Batch 10
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 460
  • Calories from Fat 190
  • Total Fat 22g
  • Saturated Fat 13g
  • Trans Fat 1g
  • Cholesterol 55mg
  • Sodium 340mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 65g
  • Dietary Fiber 4g
  • Sugars 36g
  • Protein 5g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.