Sunday, July 31, 2011

Day 61: Apple Pie

     Today I attended a potluck / pool party at a friends house. I was glad to hear in advance that a couple of my friends were bringing vegan friendly dishes. Because of that I decided to make a dessert so that I would have a full course meal along with everyone else. I ended up bringing a homemade apple pie which was a major hit. No one even considered it to be vegan since there was no mention of tofu.

Apple Pie
Pie Crust Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour       
1 teaspoon salt                     
1 tablespoon sugar               
6 tablespoons vegan margarine
6 tablespoons vegetable shortening
6 to 8 tablespoons ice water

    Step 1: Warm the butter in the microwave until it is soft, but not melted. Mix in a large bowl all-purpose flour, salt, sugar. Then cut in using the dough blender Butter, shortening, ice water.


    Step 2: Wrap your pie crust in plastic wrap. Then place in refrigerator for 20 or more minutes, while you make the pie filling. Once done chilling cut the dough in half (one will be for the bottom crust and the other for the top) and roll out one of the halves so that it is about 1/8th of an inch thick. Place the flattened dough in a 9 in pie dish.

Apple Pie Filling Ingredients

5 Cup Peeled Green Apples (1 medium apple = 1 cup)           
3/4 Cup White Sugar
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar                        
2 Tablespoons Flour             
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
½ Teaspoon Nutmeg
¼ Teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 

    Step 1: Peel and slice your apples. Soak them in water with a tablespoon of lemon juice.

    Step 2: Mix filling ingredients in a large bowl and mix in the apples. Pour the apple mixture into the premade crust. With the second half of the chilled dough, start to make the top of the pie by rolling it out until 1/8th of an inch thick and cut into approximately 1 inch strips.

    Step 3: Cut long strips of tinfoil and place them around the edge of the pie.This will prevent the crust's edge from burning while it bakes. You will want to take the tinfoil off about ten minutes before the pie is done. This way, the apple pie will have a golden brown edge.

Bake your pie at 400 degrees for 50-60 minutes.
hint: Place a cookie sheet covered in tinfoil on the lowest oven rack (not on the same rack as the pie) to prevent any overflow from reaching the bottom of the oven--easy cleanup! 


  1. Butter? What kind of butter was used in the crust?

  2. Have you heard of the health risks associated with shortening and hydrogenated vegetable oils? (Hydrogenated vegetable oils are often found in shortening.)

  3. I used earth balance butter which is vegan margarine. Sorry, I will edit my post so that is more clear. I have heard that there are tons of health risks with hydrogenated vegetables, but there are also risks with having a lot of sweets in your diet, or processed foods period. I have decided to be vegan, but not to give up everything that could possible be a risk to my health. I can only go so far.