1 cup cold unsalted butter
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3-4 teaspoons cold Clarksburg's Chai-der
1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons Clarksburg’s Chai-der divided
5-6 cups apples sliced
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/3 cup brown sugar packed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Heavy whipping cream and sugar for dusting optional (can replace with egg wash and sugar)
Step 1 Preheat oven to 400°F.
Step 2 Cut together butter and flour until butter is about the size of a walnut half.
Step 3 Add Chai-der and roll into a ball. If the dough is crumbling, slowly add Chai-der to get the correct consistency, but be careful not to add too much liquid. Divide the dough into two balls and roll each out on a floured surface.
Step 4 Place one crust in a 9 inch pie pan and one on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Chill until the filling is ready (very important to chill before adding filling because the filling will be warm when added).
Step 5 Add apples and 1 1/2 cups of Chai-der in a large skillet. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring often for about 5-7 minutes until apples are almost translucent.
Step 6 Remove apples from the pan and reserve cooking liquid in the pan. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and salt before adding 2 tablespoons of cold Chai-der..
Step 7 Add this cornstarch mixture to the hot liquid in the pan. Cook over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Add the butter and stir until melted.
Step 8 Remove from heat and add the apples back to the hot liquid. Let cool for 5-10 minutes.
Step 9 Remove crusts from the refrigerator. Sprinkle the brown sugar, cinnamon and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch in the bottom of the pie crust in the pie plate.
Step 10 Slice the flat crust into 1 inch strips. Place the slightly cool apples into the pie. Arrange strips of dough in a lattice pattern over the top of the pie.
Step 11 Brush the top of the pie with heavy whipping cream or egg wash and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Step 12 Place the pie on a cookie sheet and bake at 400°F for 30-40 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Cool completely before cutting.