Friday, April 15, 2011
It's Pieday, Pieday! Gotta get down on Pieday!
Maybe someday you'll all forgive me for that post title. But really, isn't everybody looking forward to the weekend*?
This is the last post about our party food, which you'll notice was heavily weighted in the direction of dessert. Because we all love dessert. And now that I am a pie expert, I just want to make pie all the time. Pie, pie, pie, pie! Of course, I haven't mastered any kind of pie but apple, but all in due time, friends. All in due time.
Maybe next I'll try blueberry! Strawberry? Pecan? Who knows? Anyway, this pie was very pretty, tasty, and well received by our party goers.
You can see in the picture below that I also made some chocolate cupcakes which turned out nicely. I'm not posting the recipe for these because they were made with the same chocolate cake recipe that I always use, and the frosting was the same melted chocolate chips with margarine that I mentioned in my previous post. Not fancy, just tasty. Dig in!
Vegan Apple Pie
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
You'll need a 2 piece (uncooked) pastry crust ready before you make the filling. I faithfully use the basic crust recipe from Vegan Brunch except I use Earth Balance vegan vegetable shortening instead of margarine. I find this makes a much flakier crust. It's not healthy, but if you want healthy pie then you should probably just go cry in the corner alone.
6 cups apples, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 tbsp arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp whiskey
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients until apples are coated and then pour them into your pie shell.
Top with second piece of pastry. You can do cute cutouts if you want, but this results in some slightly drier apples under the cutouts. I don't mind that, but maybe you do. If you don't do cutouts, just prick the crust with a fork.
Sprinkle a bit of sugar on the top of the crust.
Place pie in oven for ten minutes, then lower temperature to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 50 minutes, or until crust is brown and apples are soft.
Let cool before serving.
*Click on that link at your own risk. You will have the song in your head for one million years. But oh, I just love Stephen Colbert more and more every time I watch it. And is it just me, or do those cheerleaders have uncommonly long arms?