The other day I did some baking while trapped in our apartment by hurricane Sandy. We were fortunate to not loose power…good thing because we never did any hurricane prep like digging out all our candles and matches or buying gallons of milk. Really, why do stores sell out of milk when there’s a weather disaster?
Have I ever told you how I feel about pie? I realize this is going to sound crazy, and I may loose friends and readers after saying this, but I don’t care for pie. I typically like pie filling. It’s the dough and crust I have an issue with and I can’t explain why. I just don’t like it. However, I’ve found the perfect solution with this apple pie recipe.
What You Need:
- 2 granny smith apples
- 1 other type of apple of your choice
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1/2 t organic sugar
- 1/2 t organic brown sugar
- 3/4 cup whole wheat white flour
- 1/8 t salt
- 4 T Smart Balance or Earth Balance
- 3 T ice water
- 1/2 T sugar
What You Do:
1) I made the dough first. To start, mix together the flour, salt and sugar.
2) Cut in the Smart Balance using a mixer or by hand. Since I was making such a small amount, I opted to not pull out my mixer. Mix in the Smart Balance until the mixture forms small clumps like below.
3) Add the water and mix until the dough forms a ball. If the dough isn’t forming into a ball, just add a little more water.
4) Flatten the dough into a disk, cover, and refrigerate for a half hour.
5) Now, start with the apples! Cut off the tops of the two granny smith apples.
6) Scoop out the insides of the apples, leaving about a 1/4” border all the way around. I found using a melon baller here did the job pretty well.
7) Chop up the apple you just scooped out, being sure to throw out the cores and seeds. Also chop up the other type of apple you’ve chosen. Throw the chopped apples, cinnamon, sugar, and brown sugar in a bowl and combine well.
8) Stuff each apple with the mixture.
9) Roll out the dough and cut some strips. I used my pizza cutter to cut the strips —- marking the first time using my pizza cutter!
I also cut out a few leaf shapes to add to the top with a mini cookie cutter. In case you were wondering, that is a fall leaf cookie cutter, not a holiday holly leaf cookie cutter. In a few months it will magically transform into a holly leaf :)
10) Lay the dough strips on top of the apples in a lattice pattern, topping with a leaf.
11) Pour a little water in the bottom of your baking pan, cover, and bake for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees.
I’m in love with this and looking back, can’t figure out why I only made two. I can handle eating this amount of pie dough. Also, this is a healthier alternative to regular pie that tastes amazing and is a great sweet treat. Next time, I’ll serve with a little vanilla icecream. Of course, the icecream won’t be allowed to touch my apple pie. Guess I just have some overall pie issues!
Wonder if I could pull this off with a peach?