An Election Apple Pie

I made this apple pie to celebrate the election. I modified Ina Garten’s pie crust a little bit. I used cold Tito’s vodka instead of water to make the crust more flaky. Then, I diced the apples into small cubes to ensure they cooked evenly and drizzled an easy four ingredient caramel sauce over the top. I got the cookie cutters from Amazon and used a springform pan.

Election Apple Pie

Serves: 6

Time: 1 hour

Preheat oven to 375

Pie Crust


  • 1 1/2 sticks very cold unsalted butter
  • 3 cups gluten free flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ⅓  cup very cold butter
  • About ½ cup Tito’s vodka


  • Combine all ingredients besides the vodka in a food processor. 
  • Slowly pour in the vodka. 
  • Once combined, pour onto a clean countertop and form two balls. 
  • Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes.



  • 3 green apples, peeled and diced into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom 
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Combine all ingredients in bowl and refrigerate.



  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ stick butter
  • ¼ cup oat milk


  • Combine brown sugar, vanilla extract and butter in a pan and bring to a simmer. Add in oat milk stirring constantly until combined. Turn off heat.

Bringing it all together:

  • Roll out the first ball of dough on parchment paper. Rolling the dough out on parchment paper makes it easier to transfer to the pie dish. 
  • Flip the parchment paper and gently settle the crust into the pan.
  • Pour in the apple mixture and distribute evenly.
  • Pour the sauce over the apple mixture.
  • Roll out the second ball of dough on parchment paper.
  • Cut thin strips of dough with a knife and form the weaving on top (aim for three to four strips of dough in each direction).
  • With the extra dough, use cookie cutters to cut out the rest of the shapes.
  • Take a scissors and gently trim away any excess dough on the edge of the pie pan.
  • Once the design is arranged, crack an egg in a bowl and whisk until combined.
  • Take a pastry brush and brush the egg mixture over all of the dough.
  • Sprinkle granulated sugar on top of the dough.
  • Put in the oven for 20-30 minutes.
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