“As American As…” Apple Pie Hacks

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“As American as apple pie…” The saying alone describes how ubiquitous the dessert is in American culture. This fall classic has been around forever and has given us ample time to take the concept and come up with some innovative twists:

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1) Take this hot liquid apple pie for example; it’s your slice of pie but in a glass. Combine one gallon of apple juice, 2 liters of ginger ale and one cup brown sugar in a large pot and bring to a simmer for twenty minutes. Then add in one pint of both whiskey and spiced rum and let stand for one hour, sticking in cinnamon sticks into each glass afterwards.

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2) Or you can try an infused bourbon, where the fresh apple really adds an authentic apple pie flavor to the mix. Gather one chopped up golden delicious apple, two cinnamon sticks, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, 750 ml bourbon and ¼ cup simple syrup. Grab a mason jar that you have handy and place the apple, cinnamon sticks and bourbon in it and let it all sit for four days. When you’re ready to serve, shake it all up and pour through a strainer to discard of any solids. Stir in the syrup and pour into tumblers. Serve with a slice of pie to really satisfy your apple pie sweet tooth.   

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3) Rather eat your pie than drink it? Warm up your oven to 375 degrees and get ready to whip up a fried apple pie. In a small glass mixing bowl, combine one tablespoon sugar and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and place to the side. Next take one can of spiced apple pie filling and scoop two tablespoons of filling onto each Pillsbury Extra Rich Biscuit, folding the ends over and pressing down to make sure it’s sealed. Brush each with melted butter and sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon you have in the glass bowl. Place on cookie sheet and bake for fifteen to twenty minutes until they reach a golden brown color. Let cool and then stuff your face ☺