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  • Writer's pictureBobbi Jo Lathan

Stephen’s Apple Pie

Updated: Dec 29, 2023

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Every year for Christmas my friend Stephen Viens makes me his incredible Apple Pie! And, I gotta tell you, not only is he a talented composer and writer, but the boy can bake! He even makes his own pie crust. (Lord have mercy! Who’s got time for that?) When I asked him what his “secret ingredients” were, he just laughed and said: “Secret ingredients? Well, let’s put it this way; apples, whiskey, butter and rum… what could possibly go wrong?”

Stephen's Apple Pie

Recipe by: Bobbi Jo Lathan

Recipe type: Dessert

Cuisine: Traditional

Serves: 6-8 slices


10 mins


50 mins


1 hour


2 pie crusts

6-8 Granny Smith Apples

1 cup white sugar

1 cup light brown sugar

½ tsp cinnamon

⅛ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp allspice

½ tsp apple pie spice (optional to taste)

1 pinch salt

½ cup dark raisins

½ cup yellow raisins

1-2 tbls whiskey

1 tbls dark rum

2 tbls all purpose flour

¼ stick butter

1 egg beaten with water (egg wash)

1 tbls turbinado (raw) sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 450°.

  2. Fit the bottom crust into a 9-inch pie plate.

  3. In a small bowl, mix together sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, optional apple pie spice, and salt. Put aside.

  4. Peel, core, and slice apples. Put the slices into a large bowl.

  5. Mix the raisins in with apples.

  6. Now, sprinkle the apples and raisins with the sugar mixture. Toss until apples are thoroughly coated.

  7. Sprinkle the whiskey and rum over the apple mixture.

  8. Stir in the flour and let it sit for a minute or two. (If there is too much liquid you may want to add a little more flour)

  9. Spoon the apple mixture into the bottom crust.

  10. Dot the apples with butter.

  11. Cover with the top crust making sure to seal the edges and cut steam vents on the top.

  12. Brush the top crust with the egg wash and sprinkle on the turbinado (raw) sugar before baking.

  13. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

  14. Lower temperature to 350° and bake an additional 40 minutes. Serve warm. YUM!


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