November 3, 2011

Streusel Apple Pie


Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you're all having fun preparing for an amazing Thanksgiving feast! I've been planning out exactly what I'm going to be making this year. I always love to have a Tofurky with roasted vegetables on the side, stuffing, mashed potatoes, biscuits, and I usually buy a store bought Pumpkin Pie for dessert. Not this year! I'm going to try making my own pumpkin pie from scratch next week! I can't wait to try it out. I'll let you all know how it goes.

I don't know about you guys, but I always get asked the question "Do you still like Thanksgiving?". As if I don't eat food. I survive on air. Of course I still love Thanksgiving! Part of me enjoys it even more now that I'm making my own food. I became a vegetarian at 15 - so I was still eating the food my Grandma prepared for the Holidays. Now that I've been a vegetarian for 8 years (and a vegan for 6 of those years) I've had to rely on myself to create a delicious Vegan Thanksgiving feast! The Holidays are that much more special and exciting for me!

Other than Pumpkin Pie - I know the the other two traditional pies people make on Thanksgiving are apple pie or pecan pie. This dessert sort of combines the two in a super delicious way! The apples are soft and sweet in the middle and the top is so crunchy and nutty. So good! I used Earth Balance's new Coconut Spread for the topping. It turned out so well!

What are some of the weirdest questions you guys get asked about being a vegetarian/vegan?

Pie Crust Ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose or pastry flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 c water

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

The key to making a delicious and flaky pie crust is to have everything be ICE COLD when mixing. I even refrigerate my food processor overnight before making one. If you're not using a food processor - refrigerate your bowl and pastry cutter. I also put the flour/salt combination in the fridge and I freeze the shortening.

Combine the flour and salt. Cut the shortening into cubes and place in the food processor with the flour and salt. Pulse the food processor until the shortening is mixed into the flour and forms little "pea-shaped" balls. Stream in the 1/4 cup of water until the crust forms into a large ball in the food processor. Pour out the dough onto a floured surface and roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Place in a pie pan and cut off the extra dough hanging off the sides.

Filling Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 cups sliced apples

Mix together the above ingredients in a large bowl. Once the apples have been coated with the flour, sugar, and spices - pour on top of the pie crust.

Topping Ingredients:
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats - uncooked
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup Earth Balance's Coconut Spread (or your favorite margarine)

Combine the above ingredients and spread on top of the apples. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 35-40 minutes until the apples are tender, the pie crust is cooked thoroughly, and the topping is browned and crunchy! Enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. Hi there --do you think if I wanted to add vegan chocolate into the filling, that would turn out??

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  2. Laura - You could try! I'm afraid it would be a little too runny. If you do end up trying it, let me know how it goes because it sounds delicious!

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