I’m updating a similar apple pie recipe I had made in the past because I can never leave well enough alone, and also: PIE. For the love of whatever, add a huge scoopful of your favorite nondairy ice cream on top because life’s too short and your appetite for sweet goodness should know no boundaries and be damn proud of it.
Apple Pie in Pecan Crust:
For the crust:
Non-stick cooking spray
3/4 cup (74 g) pecan halves
1 1/2 cups (180 g) whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup (55 g) packed light brown sugar
Pinch fine sea salt
1/4 cup (56 g) nondairy butter
1/4 cup (60 ml) nondairy milk, as needed
For the filling:
4 large Granny Smith or other good-for-baking apples, peeling optional, cored, quartered, cubed into bite-size pieces
2 tablespoons (28 g) nondairy butter
3 tablespoons (45 ml) nondairy milk or fresh lemon juice, divided
1/3 cup (64 g) light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
Pinch fine sea salt
1 tablespoon (8 g) cornstarch
To make crust: Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C, or gas mark 5). Lightly coat a 9-inch (23-cm) pie plate with spray.
Add pecans, flour, sugar, salt and butter to a food processor. Pulse a few times to grind pecans and combine.
Add milk, a little at a time, just until the dough sticks together when pinched.
Evenly crumble dough into the prepared pie plate, and press it down to cover the whole bottom and sides of the plate. Make sure no cracks are left so that the filling has no chance to seep down through them. Alternatively, you can roll out the crust on a lightly floured surface and carefully transfer it into the pie plate to fit it in. You can also optionally reserve a generous handful of the crust to crumble on top of the filling as it bakes.
Cover the crust with a piece of parchment and pie weights. Pre-bake for 24 minutes.
In the meantime, make the filling: Combine all ingredients (only 2 tablespoons [30 ml] milk or lemon juice, and save the cornstarch for later!) in a pot. Bring to a boil, lower heat and cook on medium for 14 minutes, stirring often. The syrup must be rather thick and the apples just barely tender without falling apart. Combine remaining milk or juice and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add into the apple mixture, stirring well, and cook for another 2 minutes until thickened.
Place filling evenly into crust. Bake for another 24 minutes, or until the edges of the crust are golden brown. Place the pie plate on a wire rack to cool. As is customary with pies, the first slice might be a mess: a good excuse to sacrifice yourself and have at it before anyone else does. Awfully sweet of you, innit?
Yield: 8 servings