Once again, long time no see!
There is so much happening right now that I don’t even know how I managed to make this pie ahaha. But I have to admit I’m very proud of myself for coming up with probably the best vegan pie crust recipe whilst making this apple pie.
This apple pie is a perfect combination of sweetness, sourness and delicateness. Apples give it that moist texture and sour flavor. Sweetness comes from brown sugar, maple and agave syrup. The perfect pie crust gives it that crunch and delicateness breaking the apple flavor. Of course, no apple pie is complete without a dash of cinnamon, which gives it that earthy and autumny taste.
The secret for the perfect apple pie, along the crust, are apples. They can neither be too sweet nor too sour and they also have to be on the stiffer side. The taste should be something in between so that when we add sugars and syrups to them they don’t turn into a sweet and bald mush. I personally love to use russet apples for this recipe. They might not look the prettiest on the market but trust me, they make the best apple pies and apple strudels in the world.
So, grab some apples, flour and rolling pin and make some pie with me!
makes one 27-ish cm diameter pie
For the crust:
2 not full cups of all-purpose flour
a pinch of salt
135g of vegan margarine
one “egg”: 2 tbsp water, 1 tsp oil, 2 tsp baking powder
ca. 3tbsp coconut milk or any other plant milk with a higher fat content
For the apples:
3 russet apples cut into thin half-rounded strips (about 32 per apple)
2-3 flat tsp allspice
1tbsp agave syrup
1-2tbsp maple syrup
cinnamon and brown sugar for dusting
1. First make the pie crust. Sift flour and salt into a large bowl. Add soft margarine and cut with a knife through it to roughly combine.
2. Make the “egg” – combine all ingredients in a bowl and add to the flour mixture. Add coconut milk little at a time while kneading the dough with your hand. This is to make the dough stick together even more.
3. When it is neither wet nor dry, sticks together nicely and can be formed into a nice ball shape, wrap it in a plastic wrap and place in the fridge for one hour.
4. Meanwhile make the apples. Wash and cut the apples into thin strips. I like to cut mine into quarters, remove the seed part and then cut each quarter into 8 thin strips. Add them to a bowl (you can cover them with a towel so that they would oxidise a bit later and slower). Add allspice, agave and maple syrup, mix well. Set aside.
5. Preheat the oven to 200 C and spread more margarine on the pie pan of yours. After one hour take the dough out of the fridge, unwrap, sprinkle some flour onto a rolling board and a rolling pin and roll out the dough. It should be wide enough to easily cover your whole baking dish.
6. Place the dough on the pie pan and press it nicely into it. Shape the edges and delicately stab the crust with a fork to make tiny holes. Sprinkle it with more cinnamon and sugar. Arrange your apple slices the way you like.
7. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting.
Peace and love to you all, remember to be kind to every living being and to spread compassion and happiness wherever you go.