Preheat oven to 425°. Peel and core apples; cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges. Place apples in a large bowl. Stir in next 7 ingredients. Let stand 30 minutes, gently stirring occasionally.
Place 1 Cornmeal Crust Dough disk on a lightly floured piece of wax paper; sprinkle dough lightly with flour. Top with another sheet of wax paper. Roll dough to about 1/8-inch thickness (about 11 inches wide).
Remove and discard top sheet of wax paper. Starting at 1 edge of dough, wrap dough around rolling pin, separating dough from bottom sheet of wax paper as you roll. Discard bottom sheet of wax paper. Place rolling pin over a 9-inch glass pie plate, and unroll dough over pie plate. Gently press dough into pie plate.
Stir apple mixture; reserve 1 Tbsp. juices. Spoon apples into crust, packing tightly and mounding in center. Pour remaining juices in bowl over apples. Sprinkle apples with 3 Tbsp. sugar; dot with butter.
Roll remaining Cornmeal Crust Dough disk as directed in Step 2, rolling dough to about 1/8-inch thickness (13 inches wide). Remove and discard wax paper, and place dough over filling; fold edges under, sealing to bottom crust, and crimp. Brush top of pie, excluding fluted edges, lightly with reserved 1 Tbsp. juices from apples; sprinkle with 1 tsp. sugar. Place pie on a jelly-roll pan. Cut 4 to 5 slits in top of pie for steam to escape.
Bake at 425° on lower oven rack 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°; transfer pie to middle oven rack, and bake 35 minutes. Cover loosely with aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning, and bake 30 more minutes or until juices are thick and bubbly, crust is golden brown, and apples are tender when pierced with a long wooden pick through slits in crust. Remove to a wire rack. Cool 1 1/2 to 2 hours before serving. Serve with Brandy-Caramel Sauce.
Just a warning- this will take some time to complete. You could most likely make the crust and sauce the day before to spread out the time spent. This had a lot of flavor, and I really think using the apple cider in the pie crust was subtle but worth it. The brandy sauce was awesome both with/without brandy .That is a trick I think I will try out with other pie crusts! If you are wondering where the pie crust and Brandy sauce recipes are ( a few people stated they couldn't find it)... click on the link on the recipe list and you will be brought to that recipe. I did have two problems though and maybe someone has advice- I am by no means a professional! First, the apples were still very firm... can you cook the pie longer but cover the crust to prevent over-browning or should the temp be dropped? Also the bottom crust didn't seem completely cooked but perhaps it was just wet from the liquid. Is it possible to blind cook the bottom crust for a little in this type of recipe?
This was the best pie I have ever made. It look a bit of time in peeling the apples, but it was worth every second. The cornmeal crust dough was easy to make and simple to put into the pie dish. The extra brandy caramel sauce was delicious over vanilla ice cream. This will be the dessert I will make anytime I have to impress anyone. Easy, excellent pie! I wouldn't change a thing.