Apple Pie with Caramelized Sauce

Fruit Filling

7-8 medium golden delicious, honey crisp or other sweet-tart crisp apples
peeled, cored, and sliced
1 pinch sea salt
2 tablespoons pure agave nectar (like Volcanic with lowest fructose and lowest glycemic impact, or Monk Fruit, or 3 tablespoons Organic Brown Rice Syrup)
1 teaspoon cinnamon

In a large bowl, gently mix agave, Monk Fruit, or Organic Brown Rice Syrup and cinnamon, plus a pinch of sea salt with apple slices. Spoon apple slices into bottom crust. Roll out top crust between 2 sheets of wax paper, remove top sheet and invert pastry over pie filling. Fold edges under and flute if desired. Using fork tines, poke a few holes in top crust and finish with decorative leaf shapes if you choose, rolling out and using remaining crust.
Whole Wheat Pastry Flour 2 Crusts
3 cups organic (only organic*) whole wheat pastry flour
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup PLUS 2-3 tablespoons avocado, grapeseed or other high-heat oil or non-hydrogenated buttery spread (e.g., Earth Balance or other non-hydrogenated, vegan spread)
½ cup cool water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil 8- or 9-inch pie plate. Combine flour and salt in large bowl. Cut in oil with pastry blender or 2 knives until coarse crumbs form. Add water blending until dough forms a ball. Divide dough in half. Roll each half into a ball, but handle as little as possible to avoid producing a tougher crust. Roll out 1 ball between 2 pieces of wax paper to about ¼-inch thick. Carefully remove top sheet of waxed paper and invert pastry onto prepared pie plate. Remove second sheet of waxed paper; fill as desired. Roll out second dough ball in same way; place over filling. Fold edges under; flute. Poke holes in top crust to allow steam to escape, and finish with decorative shapes if desired. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or longer if a softer apple filling is preferred.

Caramelized Sauce
3/4 cup organic brown rice syrup
1 rounded tablespoon creamy almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons unsweetened oat milk, cashew cream or another milk-like beverage)
Bring rice syrup to a boil in a small pan. Lower flame and simmer for another minute or two. Remove from heat and whisk in almond butter and vanilla extract. Stir in 1-2 tablespoons of oat milk, or cashew cream cool and store in a glass jar. Spoon over or under each pie slice as desired.

Hope you enjoy! This is one favorite among family & friends!
– Penny B. Block, PhD

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