Sunday, January 21, 2018

Dairy Free Apple Pie

Is there anything better than warm apple pie? Apples and cinnamon piled on a flakey crust... Topped with a scoop of Vanilla almond milk ice cream?

For my family though, he problem was, apple pie crust is full of butter and so is the filling.
I wanted to make an alternative that my dairy free son could also enjoy, but I didn't want to use just another veggie oil/fake buttery/loaded with soy alternative. Then my sister-in-law happened upon a brand called "Melt"... She bought it for my son and we tried it. I was sold. 
This stuff is amazing and has made turning any recipe calling for butter, into a dairy free one. 

The best part for me is that the ingredients are sustainably sourced!!! That's a huge deal! A lot of today's products are grown by destroying rain forests. It's refreshing that a company cares about our planet.

The best part for my son... No Soy, No Dairy and organic! Before I go any further, I just want to say, I haven't been paid or coerced, nor do I work for the Melt company. It's just a really good product, and when I find something great, I share the news!
I use Melt buttery sticks when I make apple pie and it's delicious. My son doesn't eat pie often, but I like to bake and cook dairy free anyway, so that my teen has a lot of choices and so that he doesn't accidentally eat anything loaded with dairy. 
There is nothing different about this pie recipe, the only change is the dairy free butter instead of real butter... And let me warn you, I'm not one of those bakers that has these perfect looking pies... but it sure was delicious!
As you can see from my crust, I had to "patch" up a couple of areas... but no one sees the inside.
Did I mention it was delicious?
My favorite top crusts are cut from shapes, with cookie cutters. I used a star one, a special cookie cutter that my mom used to use. I like playing around with new crusts, and I think this one turned out pretty...
Before I baked the pie, I spread a little bit of melted "Melt" buttery sticks and a good dose of cinnamon sugar on the top

PIE FILLING

7 Medium apples
9 TBSP Water
4 TBSP "Melt" Dairy Free Butter
2 Tsp Cinnamon
2/3 Cup Sugar
2 TBSP + 2 Tsp Corn Starch
1/2 Tsp Nutmeg
1/2 Tsp Salt

Peel, core and thinly slice apples. Melt Vegan/Dairy Free butter + cinnamon over Medium heat. Stir in apples, sugar and 6 TBSP Water. Cover and cook until apples are slightly softened. 
In a small dish combine corn starch and 3 TBSP Water, add to the pan while stirring and continue to cool until apples are soft (not mushy) and filling has thickened. Let bubble one minute and then cool.

PIE CRUST
2 Cups of Flour
1 Tsp Salt
2/3 cup "Melt" Dairy Free Butter
5-7 TBSP Water

Put flour in bowl. Using a pastry cutter, cut the dairy free butter into the flour. Add salt and water to flour mixture. Mix until dough is formed. Roll out on flat surface. Carefully put your rolled out pie crust into your pie pan, cutting off overlapping dough to add later for the topping. Prick the bottom of the pie crust in a couple of places, and pre-bake before adding pie filling. Bake at 350 Degrees until lightly brown. 

Once the pie crust is slightly browned, add apple pie filling. Roll out remaining dough and shape/cut/place on top of your pie in any fashion you want. 

Before baking your pie, brush melted Dairy free butter over the top, as well as generously spinkle cinnamon and sugar over your top crust.
Bake for roughly 20-25 minutes at 350 Degrees 
This pie was so good, why add the extra fat and dairy? I'll always make my apple pie, dairy free now

If you're a dairy free, vegan or vegetarian baker, please let me know, I would love to swap recipes!
                                                                       Until next time,
                                                                            Tammy

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