Friday, April 15, 2011

It's Pieday, Pieday! Gotta get down on Pieday!

apple pie

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.

apple pie

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!

pie and cupcakes

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.

apple pie

*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?



Allysia said...

Wow. Thanks for that Steven Colbert link, I think it just made my week! :) I don't have cable so I don't get to be entertained by him on a regular basis. Also your pastry looks super beautiful, I love the stars! :)

Sarah P said...

I love pie! And I'm jealous of your beautiful crusts--mine never turn out the way they're supposed to. Also, don't be afraid of other flavors--blueberry is the easiest pie I've ever made.

Sarah B @ Bake + Bike said...

What a beauuutiful pie! The star/flower cutouts remind me of spring (which keeps coming and going confusing).

HA I can't stop watching the Colbert version...the Jimmy Fallon auto-tuned part is hilarious! said...

I kinda love you for that title, it made me laugh! Your pie looks so delicious, I love the star cut out's in the pastry.

the [sugar] apothecary said...

I'm all set to make an apple pie this weekend, too! I can't wait. I love making apple pie, any time of year. Yours looks amazing! I love the cutouts.

Anonymous said...

How do I love this blog? Let me count the ways....

Lynn said...

Your pie looks amazing...I'm drooling! I spent all of last year working on my pie technique...I'm not sure I improved at all but it certainly cemented my love of pie. Mmmmmmm.

Hilary said...

We we we so excited - about this pie of course!