Happy Memorial Day!
I come from a family full of sailors and soldiers and I just want to say thank you to our service members and their families for the sacrifices you make every single day.
I can’t think of many things that say America more than Apple Pie.
I made this one with something special.
My grandmother’s rolling pin. My mom gave it to me on Mother’s Day and this was the first time I used it. It felt right since my grandfather was a World War II Veteran.
While I had my hands where she had hers so many years ago, I couldn’t help wondering what it must have been like to be the equivalent of a single mom in the 1940’s. To have to go to work in a factory and raise children alone. Although she only had 2 at the time since my mom was the youngest of 3 and a product of her father’s return from the South Pacific. 🙂
I say a big cheers to our service members by adding beer to every part of this pie. It’s called Victory at Sea by Ballast Point. This also just seemed right.
I wish all of you a safe and happy Memorial Day and I’ll leave you with some pictures of my grandparents. I hijacked them from my mom’s Facebook page.
Happy Memorial Day and Boozy Caramel Apple Pie
For the Crust
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 12 tablespoons butter 1 and 1/2 sticks
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup cold vegetable shortening
- 1/2 cup cold imperial coffee vanilla porter reserve the rest of the 12 oz bottle - I used Ballast Point Victory at Sea
For the Filling
- 10 granny smith apples peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4 - 1/2 inch slices
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon nut meg
- 4 oz imperial coffee vanilla porter remainder of the bottle used for the crust
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
For the Caramel Sauce
- Reserved beer from making the apple filling
- 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cups heavy cream
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon sugar
Make the Pie Crust
Measure vegetable shortening and chill in fridge if not already chilled
Cut the butter into 1/2 inch pieces and refrigerate (both of these steps can be done the day before)
Add flour, salt, and sugar to the bowl of a food processor and pulse 3 or 4 times to combine
Add butter and shortening and pulse 12 - 14 times until you have butter about the size of peas
Slowly pour the beer in while pulsing until dough forms
Turn out onto a piece of plastic wrap, form into a ball, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes
Make the Filling
In a Dutch Oven, combine apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and remaining 4 ounces of beer
Cook apple mixture uncovered over medium heat until apples are soft, but not mushy, stirring frequently - about 15 - 20 minutes
Remove apples from the beer liquid, reserving the liquid and set the apples aside
When apples have cooled, stir in cornstarch
For the Caramel
In the same Dutch oven with the remaining beer, add the brown sugar, butter, salt and corn syrup and cook over medium heat until it bubbles vigorously.
Continue cooking about 10 - 12 minutes, stirring occasionally
Remove from heat, carefully stir in cream 1/2 cup at a time, let cool
Preheat oven to 400
While caramel is cooling and oven is preheating roll crust
Lightly flour counter
Divide prepared dough in half
Roll one half to a circle that will fit your pie pan (mine is an 11 inch deep dish)
Wrap rolled dough over your rolling pin to transfer to pan
Roll the other half out and cut shapes with a cookie cutter of your choice
Continue rolling and cutting remainder until you have about 12 - 15 shapes
Assemble the Pie
Add half the apple mixture to the prepared pie pan
Pour on 3/4 cup of the caramel
Repeat with remaining apples and another 3/4 cup of caramel (save remainder caramel for topping or another use)
Top with cut shapes
Brush cut shapes and pie shell edges with egg white
Sprinkle with sugar
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and put the pie on it and bake for 45 - 50 minutes, checking after 30 minutes - if the edges start getting too dark wrap aluminum foil around
Remove and cool on a wire rack
Crust recipe adapted from Ina Garten
Caramel Apple Pie adapted from Williams-Sonoma
Star crust design inspired by Brit + Co
Medha @ Whisk & Shout
Love the rich family history behind this pie! So cool to see those vintage pics of your grandparents and that you used a family heirloom rolling pin 🙂 Plus, these stars are soooo freaking cool!
Thanks so much, Medha! I love that dang rolling pin! I had fun with the stars too! 🙂
Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
GAH! I love this apple pie, and I love that it’s boozy. The stars crust is so cute and perfect for Memorial Day – I love it!
I just couldn’t help myself and went kind of crazy! Thanks Kristi!
Annie @ The Garlic Diaries
This pie looks amazing! Carmel and apple is such a homey comforting flavor combination. Love all the beer you added too :).
Thanks Annie! Beer makes everything better!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
Love this post! I too come from a family full of men who have served our country… I actually lost my father due to his service, so this holiday holds a special and heart breaking place in my heart. the photos you shared are beautiful and so is this apple pie! A perfect pie to honor all the men and women who so graciously serve our nation. I LOVE the star crust adornment! Super cute! Thanks for sharing the deliciousness! Hope you are having a great holiday! ♡ cheers!
Cheyanne, I didn’t know you lost your dad. I’m very sad to hear that, friend. It does make me very happy that you get the spirit of this post! Beer, pie, WWII rolling pin, and stars – it all just seemed right. Cheers! XO
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
Love your happy memories and your cooking connection to your grandma! This pie sounds and looks just perfect!
Thanks so much, Kathy!
David @ Spiced
I’m seriously loving so much about this post! The pictures of your grandparents are incredible. You’re lucky to have such awesome photos of them! And then this pie. This pie looks like something I could down in about one sitting. Haha! (Ok, maybe two.) I hope you had an awesome holiday weekend! 🙂
Thanks David! I hijacked those pics from my mom, but they’re mine now! 🙂 We did have an awesome holiday weekend and I hope you did too!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
This pie is so pretty, Rachelle! And I love the flavors, too. Definitely sounds like a fantastic treat!
Jess @ whatjessicabakednext
This pie looks divine! Love the flavours and the pretty star pastry design!
Thanks so much, Jess!
Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel
This pie is soooo pretty! And I mean, with beer in it– it has to be good!! 🙂 Hope you had a great weekend!
Ha! Beer has been going in everything lately, Jess! Thanks!
Olivia @ Olivia's Cuisine
I hope you had a happy Memorial day too, Rachelle! This pie looks fantastic and the stars are perfect for the occasion!
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
Such a beautiful post and pie! Love that you used your grandmother’s rolling pin to make the crust! It looks perfect!
Wow, that’s a pretty amazing rolling pin to have around! I wish I had my grandmother’s. I wonder what happened to it.
The stars on this pie are awesome, not to mention the fact that you used booze. And caramel sauce! Your desserts are amazing, Rachelle!
Thanks Mir! I’ll take that huge compliment from you because your desserts are always stunning! As for your gram’s rolling pin – I hope you find it!
Looks as though your pie was a great addition to the Memorial Day weekend. The starts were very creative. No surprise there. Your tribute to Gram/Pap along with others too numerous to mention was loved by all and brought back happy memories. Now the rolling pin has been handed down to you as the legacy continues. I’m not a pie maker as you know however a huge piece of this is welcome! It sounds delicious.
Thanks Mags! I’m glad you liked it and brought back happy memories. And thanks for Gram’s rolling pin! Just let me know if you want me to make you a pie. 🙂
Linda @ Veganosity
This is seriously the prettiest apple pie that I’ve ever laid my eyes on! Your story is wonderful Rachelle, and thank you for sharing the pictures. And God bless your family and the service that they gave to our country. 🙂
I can’t wait to make a vegan version of this. Pinned!
Thanks Linda! I can’t wait to see your vegan version!
Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg
This pie looks awesome, Rachelle. I can’t say no to a mixture of caramel and apples. I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day!
I can’t say no to caramel and apples either, Erin. We had a great holiday and I hope you did too!
Manali @ CookWithManali
I love the star crust , so cute!! 🙂
Thanks Manali! I thought it was fun!
Savita @ ChefDeHome
Such a beautiful post, Rachelle. Loved the fact you used your grandma’s rolling pin to make it! PS: Loved those stars on pie! Perfection!
Thanks Savita! Your kind words are making my day!
OKAY SERIOUSLY – that pie is beautiful!!!! Those stars are cut out to perfection! I would love to smell that BAD BOY as he bakes!
LOL! Thanks GiGi! That bad boy smelled mostly of cinnamon and Victory at Sea! 🙂
Happy Memorial Day! (a little late!) Love the family history! And this pie is gorgeous!
Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
Such a lovely post. And the most delicious looking pie. Carmel and apple goes so well! Perfectly crafted! 🙂