Apple Pie with a Hint of Whisky

Apple Pie mit einem Schuss Whisky

I do already have a few apple pie recipes on my blog, but none contains alcohol yet. I find it pretty difficult baking with alcohol. You have to add so much and most of it evaporates during the baking process. But today I thought I would give this famous dessert a little twist and give it a try. So let me introduce you to this apple pie with a hint of whisky!

Amerikanischer Pie mit GittermusterYes, I had to use quite a bit of alcohol in this recipe, indeed. But I can assure you that you will not taste it that much. As stated, most of the alcohol disappears during baking, so rest assured that there is only going to be a slight hint of alcohol detectable. I do love the combination of apples with whisky, somehow the smokey flavor of whisky pairs so nicely with apples, at least that’s my opinion, so I hope you do enjoy this recipe and give it a go.

Apple Pie mit einem Schuss Whisky

Apple Pie with a Hint of Whisky

Serves: One 20-23cm/8-9 inch ∅ pie or springform
Prep Time: 1hr Cooking Time: 1hr Total Time: 2hr

This apple pie contains a pie crust with a bit of rye flour and has whisky in the apple flavor.


  • Pie Crust (for a lot of tips, please check this blog post)
  • 250 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 50 grams of rye flour
  • 30 grams of regular sugar
  • 200 grams of cold butter
  • 2 tablespoons of whisky
  • 1 tabelspoon of plain yoghurt, sour cream or similar

  • Filling
  • 130 grams of whisky
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 30 grams of butter
  • 20 grams of cornstarch
  • 1.2 kilos of tart apples (I had Pink Lady and needed 7 large apples)
  • 80 grams of regular or brown sugar
  • Egg wash and coarse sugar for sprinkling



For the pie crust mix flour, rye flour and sugar in a large bowl. Add the cold butter in chunks and quickly work into crumbs with your hands. Then add the whisky and yoghurt. Only work until you can form a ball. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least half an hour or longer. You can chill the dough overnight.


For the filling pour 80 grams of whisky and half of the lemon juice into a small pot. Let simmer on medium heat until reduced to half. I had a pretty large pot, so it only took me about five minutes. Oncee done, add the butter and let melt. Take off two tablespoons of that mix and set aside both. Meanwhile peel, core and slice the apples. Marinate prepared apples in the remaining 50 grams of whisky, lemon juice and sugar. Once the reduced whisky is cool (I am talking about the larger amount), add the cornstarch and very briefly heat while stirring until it has thickened a bit. Coat the apples with this mix.


Cut the dough in half and place one half back in the fridge. Roll out the second half on a floured surface into a circle. Place into the pie form. For now don't worry about any overhang. Stack the apples on top. If you have any liquid, try to leave as much in the bowl. Roll out the second half of dough into a circle. You can either create a lattice top. For a visual how to do this best, check this short video. You can also simply cut a few slits into the top. If you want to crimp the edges, see how I do it here. Of course you can also simply seal by using a fork.


Preheat the oven to 230 degrees Celsius and place a rack on the second lowest rack. Brush your pie with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake for 15 minutes, then lower the temperature to 180 degrees Celsius and bake for about 40-45 more minutes. Cover with aluminium foil if it browns too much. Fresh out the oven, immediately brush with the remaining whisky mix. Either enjoy warm or cold with some ice cream. It is definitely easier to cut into chilled pie, but I love a warm pieces fresh from the oven.

Apple Pie mit einem Schuss WhiskyIf you are interested in further recipes with alcohol, how about:

Chocolate caramel cake with whisky

Raspberry champagne cake

Piña Colada cake with rum

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  • Reply
    küchenrückwand folie
    Thursday September 1st, 2022 at 09:04 AM

    Die Zusammenmischung mit Whisky hört sich interessant an.
    Kannte ich so bisher nicht.
    Da wir immer auf der Suche nach was neuem sind, werden wir dieses Rezept zum Wochenende hin ausprobieren.

    Vielen lieben Dank

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    zorra vom kochtopf
    Tuesday September 13th, 2022 at 12:54 PM

    Das klingt sehr gut und zu viel Whisky gibt’s bei diesem Event nicht. 😉 Danke, dass du mit mir feierst.

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      Tuesday September 13th, 2022 at 09:36 PM

      Es war mir eine Freude!

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    Sunday September 18th, 2022 at 05:01 PM

    Hi Jenny, ich mag Apfelkuchen für mein Leben gerne und deinen Apple-Pie mit “Schuss” werde ich mal ausprobieren. Gruß, Regina

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