My idea of a perfect Winter weekend starts with a morning cup of coffee and a homemade apple pie next to it – the kind that is a perfect balance between tart and sweet, complete with a flaky dough that melts in your mouth.
I have been using this recipe for years, I made it fit my kitchen a little more, by replacing the butter with vegan butter so it’s dairy free (we host a lot of guests during weekends and some are lactose intolerant), I also replaced half of the flour with spelt flour for health reasons and because I like the flakiness it adds.
Traditionally the filling is made with granny smith apples, I like mixing it up. I use 4 granny smith apples and 3 red apples (usually “Pink Lady”) it works better for the kids as it’s sweeter this way. Baking is one of my daughter’s favorite activity to do with me. She loves rolling the dough, mixing the apples with the spices etc. it’s a nice way for us to have some mother-daughter time, we put on our favorite music sing along and play with dough. As you can see in the pictures her favorite furry toy
puppy must be part of the fun.
Nondairy apple pie
For the crust
1 cup spelt flour (or all-purpose flour)
1 cup self-rise flour
8 ounces vegan butter
1 packet of vanilla sugar (9 grams)
1 tablespoon sugar
7 apples pilled and sliced into small cubes (for the traditional flavor use all Granny Smith apples, if you like it sweeter mix it up)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
I like making the crust by hand but you can use a mixer if you prefer.
Whisk together the flours, sugar, vanilla sugar. Chop the vegan butter into cubes, and using your fingers work it into the dry ingredients, add the egg and knead until it’s cohesive.
Divide the dough into 2 equal balls and let it cool in the fridge for 2 hours.
In the meantime, mix the chopped apples with the sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg, sprinkle the lemon juice on and let the mixture absorb the flavors.
Once the dough cooled, roll it into 2 discs. Place 1 disc in a lightly greased pie pan.
Add the apple filling.
Use the second disc to top the pie off. If you like the lettuce weaved top you can do what I do and use a Youtube video like this one to keep you on track with the right way to do it
For a shiny top you can brush a little egg and spread some sugar on top.
Preheat oven to 375° F degrees. Let the pie bake for 20 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 370°F and bake for 40 more minutes.
Let it cool completely before slicing. I LOVE serving it with a ball of vanilla ice cream or a little whipped cream next to it.
If you like Dairy free desserts check out the
Dairy free Chocolate treats recipe