Monday, October 1, 2012

Not My Mom's Apple Pie

Happy Meatless Monday! I'm so excited to start Vegan MoFo today, which means Vegan Month of Food. As a participant, I've agreed to write at least 20 blog posts during the month of October. I'm ready for the challenge, and actually have a pocket full of posts already written. Most of them are recipes, while a few are Deep Vegan Thoughts or Helpful Vegan Tips. This project is really inspiring to me, and I hope that having easy access to not only my blog, but so many other vegan blogs in one place will inspire you too. Check out the Vegan MoFo site for more details and a complete list of bloggers, and come back here every day to see what new wonderfulness I have for you. Now let's start this off with some dessert! xoxo Kim

My mother was a wonderful cook. She could make just about anything, and she was even willing to expand her meat-and-potaoes repertoire to please my sister and me when we suddenly announced one day that we were vegetarians. The only thing I ever remember her having trouble with was apple pie. For some reason she never quite nailed it, or at least that's what she thought, so I never bothered to have her show me how to make it. I've been convinced for most of my life that our family just doesn't have the "pie gene." But maybe I was wrong.

We have an amazing little apple tree in our yard that's given us a huge crop of sweet, crisp apples this year. I'm drying a lot of them, and making applesauce to freeze too, but the call of the Apple Pie was just too strong to ignore. Surely something that's "easy as pie" should be, well, easy. So I gave it a try, and everyone in feeding distance is pleased. If you have any sort of pie-o-phobia, rest assured that this one is really truly easy.

Easy Vegan Apple Pie

1/2 cup (1 stick) vegan butter, like Earth Balance
1/2 cup nut milk or water
2 cups brown rice flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Remove from heat, stir in all other crust ingredients, and pat into an oiled pie pan. (Easy so far, right?)

Preheat oven to 350º

About 6 cups apples, cored and sliced, but not peeled
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Toss filling ingredients together in a bowl, and pour into unbaked crust. 
Bake at 350º for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and add the topping (below).

Make this while your pie is baking for the first 30 minutes.

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) vegan butter
1/2 cup organic brown sugar
1/2 cup brown rice flour - (rolled oats, buzzed up in the food processor)
1 tsp cinnamon

Mix topping ingredients together with a fork and your fingers.
Sprinkle on top of your pie after it's baked for the first 30 minutes.
Bake 30 minutes more.

That's it. Pie really is easy. Yay!


Sarah said...

this looks so yummy!

Jean said...

XOXOX jean

Dawn said...

I am so jealous of your apple tree! We had a similar one growing up, but it doesn't produce anymore! I NEED to go picking this week and make a pie, too!

BTW, an alternative to word verification is to just moderate your comments, and pick up any spam that way. It's so hard to read the verifications now! :-) I just did this recently and it works.

Glad I found you on the 'Fo Feed!

Happy MoFoing!

Kim Miles said...

I'd share my apples with you if you were here! I know the word verification is a pain. If it means more comments, I can do a little moderating. Those spammers are relentless... and so silly!

Michelle (UK) said...

You had a lot of apples this year Kim ! We had an abundance last year, but this year, with too much rain apparently the bees couldn't get out to pollonate and we have hardly any apples at all this year. We will miss all our apple pies and apple crumbles !

Brenda said...

Great recipe!! Mine turned out delicious! I have more apples so I bet they get used up to make another one. Brenda

Joseph Carr said...

I wish you good luck on all of your recipes for the whole month! I really like the idea of cooking healthy food for a month and writing about it. A lot of health conscious individuals will surely appreciate it. I’d love to be part of this, or possibly something like this in the future. Even just a slice of that pie will do!

Kim Miles said...

So pleased you all like the pie! I'm totally enjoying this intense blogging project. There's always something to talk about, so I think i'll keep it going even after the end of the MoFo.