Monday, November 12, 2012

Easy as Vegan Pie

A surplus of apples and a fierce sweet tooth led me to create one delicious apple pie. I completely forgot to take pictures of the process, but I did take the time to snap a photo of this slice



2 1/2 Cups flour plus extra for rolling
1 cup vegan butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
6 to 8 Tablespoons cold water


1/2 Cup brown sugar
1/4 Cup  vegan butter
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/3 cup flour
8 apples, sliced
2/3 Cup white sugar
2-3 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Make sure you start making the crust in advance as it will require at least one hour to chill in the fridge. Combine flour, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl. Cut in the vegan butter and combine until the mixture resembles damp sand. Add cold water 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture holds together. If you pinch the dough and it retains its shape the dough is ready. If it is not ready add more water. 

Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes. Wrap or cover the dough and place in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour. 

After the dough have chilled remove from the fridge and roll out with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface. Roll until the dough is approximately 1/8th inch thick. I like to have my pie plate sitting on the counter as I roll the dough. Then I know what size circle I need to create! 

Place the dough in the pie plate carefully pushing the dough into the sides. Trim off excess dough around the pie plate and roll out into a circle to create the top of the pie if desired. 

To create the filling combine brown sugar, white sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the apple slices, maple syrup, and  lemon juice. Stir until the apples are completely covered. Cook the apple mixture in a skillet over low heat for approximately 8 minutes or until the apples are soft. 

Pour the filling into the pie plate. Cut a pretty design into the pie cover to vent any steam during baking. My grandmother always sketches an apple so that is what I attempted to do. Place the cover over the pie filling and bake for 30 to 45 minutes at 350 degrees F. 

The filling was delicious and caramel goodness. All that anyone could really ask for in a pie :)

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