The title is correct. I did braise the apples in Blue Moon beer and it was delicious. In fact, it was probably one of the best things I have ever made. Don’t be afraid; I will walk you through this.
8 green apples
2 bottles Blue Moon beer
1 stick butter
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tbs brown sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
1.5 tbs cinnamon
1/2 tbs nutmeg
1/2 cup braising liquid
3 heaping tbs cornstarch
1 pie crust
whipped cream (optional)
1.5 cups flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
pinch of salt
1.5 sticks butter, room temperature
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place your pie crust in your pie pan and crimp the edges. Get a medium size pot on the stove and turn the heat on to med/low.
First start by peeling all the apples. Slice each apple into 1/4 inch slices. You want to make sure you are accurate with the size of the apple pieces, so they all cook at the same time. It would be terrible to have some really mushy apples and some hard ones. One of my tricks is to actually take an apple corer/slicer, and slice each apple into the designated 8 slices. Then, I cut each slice into halves. It is SO much easier, and out comes consistent, easy to do slices. Try this once and you will never go back to attempting to evenly slice each apple.
Place the 1 stick butter in the pot and melt it down. Add the apples. Once they have simmered in the fat for about 2 minutes, add the Blue Moon beer.
Cover the pot and let braise for 15-20 minutes or until the apples are tender.
Once the apples have finished, drain them and reserve the liquid. Add the apples to a bowl. You will need some of the liquid for the filling, but I kept the rest of mine and braised chicken in it a few days later for dinner. It was amazing. Get creative with the juices and liquids your food creates… you would be surprised.
Next, mix in the 1 cup sugar, 3 tbs brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, braising liquid and cornstarch. Set to the side.
To make the topping, combine the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and salt into a bowl. Mix thoroughly.
Chop your butter into cubes. Add to the mixture.
Mix with your hands (you can also use a fork) until you obtain a crumbly mixture. This is your Dutch topping.
Pour the apples into your pie pan. Carefully scatter the Dutch topping along the top of the your pie.
Bake for 45 minutes. The top should be browned.
Let cool and serve plain or with whipped cream. You should taste the back-note of beer while reveling in the familiarity of Dutch Apple Pie.