Bacon Apple Pie

I love apple pie. When my friend Eli told me he made a bacon apple pie, I knew I had to have it! I was told the spices are very light to not take away from the flavor of the bacon and it has a smooth taste of bourbon when you eat it. Admittedly, this is NOT my recipe. Yeah, I changed a the kind of liquor to bourbon, but this is his! Came from his blog many years ago, but he was kind enough to give it to me to share on Oinkcooking with one request — Don’t link his old blog! I had to laugh that his request was that! His old blog, while still up, is unmaintained, so, with his wishes, I am not posting a link to his original post.

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According to folklore (OK, Eli’s telling of the story) it was a simple desire to make an apple pie and how good he thought it would be with bacon. I was honestly hoping for a better story to tell you full of clouds opening and rays of sunshine highlighting an apple tree and a pig, but no. There was none of that. Thankfully, Eli made it and it turned out the way it did! So, I pass this on to your dear readers, just in time for Thanksgiving!! Add this to the pies you make for your feast and enjoy!!

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Bacon Apple Pie

Serves: 8

Adapted from Eli Malone’s Lattice-Top Bacon Apple Pie

Ingredients:

1 – 9″ pie crust  
3 strips bacon, chopped and fried crispy  
6 – 7 medium to large tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced (I used a combination of Cortland and Ida Reds)  
¼ cup dark brown sugar  
½ teaspoon nutmeg  
½ teaspoon cinnamon  
¼ teaspoon cloves  
tablespoons cornstarch  
 cup bourbon whiskey  
½ cup real maple syrup  
6 – 7 slices bacon, halved lengthwise  

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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spread the pie crust in a 9″ pie pan and leave the overhanging edges. 

Mix together the apple slices, brown sugar, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, bacon crumbles with some of the bacon grease, cornstarch, maple syrup, and bourbon. Pour mixture into pie crust.

Arrange the strips of bacon over the top of the pie crust in a lattice, then fold the edges of the pie crust over the bacon and crimp. If you don’t have enough dough hanging over the edges, tuck the bacon ends down the sides between the apple and crust. This will help the bacon not shrink up so much.

This might boil over and make a mess in your oven, so place a half sheet pan on the bottom rack. Place the pie in the center of a preheated oven and bake for an hour, until the bacon on top is crisp, the crust is browned, and a knife pushes easily into an apple slice. (Happily, these should all happen at roughly the same time.) If you need to leave in a little longer for the bacon to crisp more, that is not a problem.

Cool for at least and hour. Cut and serve.

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Bacon Apple Pie
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1 9″ pie crust
  2. 3 strips bacon, chopped and fried crispy
  3. 6 - 7 medium to large tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  4. ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  5. ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  6. ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  7. ¼ teaspoon cloves
  8. 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  9. ⅛ cup bourbon whiskey
  10. ½ cup real maple syrup
  11. 6 - 7 slices bacon, halved lengthwise
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spread the pie crust in a 9″ pie pan and leave the overhanging edges.
  2. Mix together the apple slices, brown sugar, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, bacon crumbles with some of the bacon grease, cornstarch, maple syrup, and bourbon. Pour mixture into pie crust.
  3. Arrange the strips of bacon over the top of the pie crust in a lattice, then fold the edges of the pie crust over the bacon and crimp. If you don't have enough dough hanging over the edges, tuck the bacon ends down the sides between the apple and crust. This will help the bacon not shrink up so much.
  4. This might boil over and make a mess in your oven, so place a half sheet pan on the bottom rack. Place the pie in the center of a preheated oven and bake for an hour, until the bacon on top is crisp, the crust is browned, and a knife pushes easily into an apple slice. (Happily, these should all happen at roughly the same time.) If you need to leave in a little longer for the bacon to crisp more, that is not a problem.
  5. Cool for at least and hour. Cut and serve.
Adapted from Adapted from Eli Malone's Lattice-Top Bacon Apple Pie
Adapted from Adapted from Eli Malone's Lattice-Top Bacon Apple Pie
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