PPQ: Southern Comfort Apple Pie

by Shawnda on October 31, 2011

in Apples,Pies and Tarts,Project Pastry Queen

Southern Comfort Apple Pie

That right there – that’s going to be my contribution to Thanksgiving this year.

If you follow any of the other Project Pastry Queen members’ blogs (and you totally should), you’ve probably read high praise about this week’s recipe: Southern Comfort Apple Pie, chosen by Sarah of 20-Something Cupcakes. I will echo the praise: this is the best apple pie I’ve ever eaten.

In short, it’s an apple pie with a streusel topping. But calling it just an apple pie doesn’t do it any justice. The filling consists of apples and a dreamy cinnamon-caramel sauce made with cinnamon, sugar, butter, cream, and Southern Comfort. Yeah, that Southern Comfort. It’s sandwiched between my favorite pie crust recipe and a pecan streusel that’s so good you could eat it cold. But you won’t… because that would be weird.

Southern Comfort Apple Pie

I made the recipe as written, except I didn’t toast the pecans in the streusel (the pie bakes for an hour, I figured the pecans would burn) and I added a generous pinch of sea salt to the filling while it cooked. I used 6 apples that weighed 9-10 oz each before peeling and coring (3 honey crisp, 3 granny smith). Sarah has the full recipe posted on 20 Something Cupcakes. Be sure to check out the other members’ take on the Southern Comfort Apple Pie.


{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jen October 31, 2011 at 10:28 am

Oooh, that sounds *amazing*. I may have to try that, and then try it again with some bourbon instead of the SoCo.


2 amanda @ fake ginger October 31, 2011 at 10:48 am

I think all of us loved this one! I know I’m making it for Thanksgiving too! Yours looks fantastic!


3 Emily October 31, 2011 at 11:09 am

absolutely gorgeous photo, Shawnda! this was the other pie I made at the cabin, so I had my limited resources–I had so wanted to take a picture of a slice since the apples were prettier than the crumb topping and you did exactly that!


4 Chelsea October 31, 2011 at 11:28 am

Oh my gracious, that looks fantastic.


5 Tizzy October 31, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I think I need to make this…. your pictures made me want to lick my computer screen!


6 Lynn October 31, 2011 at 12:35 pm

You aren’t joking about all the glowing reviews! This one has officially made my Thanksgiving Day menu too. ;)


7 Carol October 31, 2011 at 1:27 pm

That looks fabulous! I would totally eat it cold because I love cold apple pie and I suppose I’m weird like that. :)


8 Joanne October 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Okkk…and now I truly believe this is going to be MY contribution to Thanksgiving. The cinnamon caramel insides and that amazing streusel…it’s basically a dream come true!


9 Katrina November 1, 2011 at 5:37 am

Love this pie! It sounds so yummy!


10 Courtney @Bake.Eat.Repeat. November 1, 2011 at 8:26 am

This has been on my “to bake” list for a long time now, and now that I’ve heard yet another rave review, it’s moving up to the “must make NOW” list. I’m wondering the same thing as Jen…how would this be with bourbon? I’m already a sucker for apple/bourbon combos.


11 foodiebride November 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I haven’t tried bourbon but if you like the apple-bourbon combo, then I think you’d be *really* happy with it in the pie.


12 Kelsey November 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Oh my. This looks even more amazing than I imagined it would. Yum, yum, and YUM!


13 Tracey November 1, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I am so eager to try this one, it just sounds out of this world! Great pics too :)


14 Maria November 1, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Oh mai gawsh. I was just gonna make hand pies this year but I can’t anymore! :D


15 ErinsFoodFiles November 2, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Wow! My husband’s favorite pie is Apple Crumb Pie. I have a feeling this recipe will knock the old recipe off for sure! I’m trying it next!


16 sherri @ the life of a wife November 3, 2011 at 9:30 am

This looks incredible! I don’t normally like apple pies, but if there’s a streusel topping my interest is piqued! I posted a similar recipe today (http://www.thelifeofawife.com/2011/11/apple-pie-squares.html); it’s an apple pie in the version of a bar, with a shortbread crust and streusel topping!


17 Lisa @ The Cooking Bride November 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Recipes with booze in them are always better! I will definitely be making this…


18 Erin @ Texanerin Baking December 30, 2011 at 10:29 am

I made this! The flavor was amazing but I totally screwed it up. I guess my pie pan is too small and the butter overflowed, and although I had a Silpat underneath, the butter got all over the bottom of the oven and I made a big smoky mess. Whoops. Oh well. I’ll definitely make this again! I just need a proper sized pie pan. :) I live in Germany and butter is kind of different here and causes annoying problems like this.

Thanks for posting this! Everyone loved it and was really impressed.


19 Tiffany October 4, 2012 at 9:34 am
20 Shannon October 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I am already looking forward to Thanksgiving….I have made this the last 2 years and it is the best pie ever!


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