Sweetly dripping with juice and warm spices, this low-sugar apple pie comes wrapped in a flaky, gluten-free crust. You can serve this to vegans and carnivores alike, no one can ever tell it’s not a standard pie.
In October I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in Anaheim, CA. One of the Fresh Summit sponsors was Rainier Fruit, who provided these specialty apples to everyone at the opening brunch.While I did think it was a little odd to put apples in individual boxes, part of the challenge for produce marketers is making their products seem “new.” And that’s where packaging comes in. The Junami (pronounced JUNE-ah-mee) is grown in Washington State and has proven to be excellent in storage, so they will begin appearing in grocery stores in the States this month and next. It’s a large, crisp, and exceptionally juicy apple. It did make a delicious pie. Feel free to substitute a tart, firm baking apple like Granny Smiths if you want to make a pie for the holidays or can’t find Junamis. Much of Rainier’s fruit is grown organically (although not all is certified yet), and the Junami will be available as conventionally grown this year (2013) and also organic next year (2014).
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So glad I finally bought an apple corer! Makes working with apples a breeze. I also love the OXO peeler.
Classic apple pie
Apple pie filling
- 1 lemons
- 7 apples Jumani or baking, small, or 4-5 large (900 g)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar (organic) maple sugar, organic coconut sugar (diabetic diet)
- 2 tbsp tapioca flour organic corn starch
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg (dried)
- 1/8 tsp sea salt (omit for low-sodium diet)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour (gluten-free) or a gluten-free blend that contains a little bean flour (300 g)
- 2/3 cups grapeseed oil any light vegetable oil
- 2 tsp xanthan gum or psyllium husk powder
- 1/2 cup milk any kind, non-dairy is fine
- Preheat the oven to 450F/230C/gas mark 7.
- Zest the lemon into a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
- Juice the lemon into a large bowl filled with water.
- Core each apple using an apple corer, peel them, and thinly slice. Once cut, immediately place the slices into the large bowl of water to keep them from turning brown while you work.
- Once the apples are cut, mix the sugar, tapioca flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together with the lemon zest, stirring until completely mixed. Put the apples in a colander to drain while you start the crust.
- Make the pie crust by adding the ingredients into two bowls (trust me), and stirring with a fork just until streaky and holds together. Here's a how-to video on rolling out the crust.
- Mix and roll out the bottom crust, putting it into your pie dish.
- Mix and roll out the top crust. Leave it in the waxed paper for a minute.
- Put the drained apples into the bowl with the lemon-zest/flour mixture and add the vanilla. Stir well to coat. Pour the apple mixture into the pie dish. Carefully set the second crust on top, crimping the edges and fixing any cracks as you go.
- If you want to add decorative shapes like these, re-roll the crust scraps, cut out and place across the top of the pie, pressing in gently so they stick. Cut a few slits in the top crust so the steam can vent and the filling doesn't boil over.
- Put a baking sheet on the rack below the pie, just in case it does boil over, and put the pie in the oven on the middle rack.
- Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350F/180C/gas mark 4. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and you see some bubbling of the filling.
- 318 calories
- 16 g fat
- 1 g cholesterol
- 289 mg sodium (261 mg sodium with salt omitted, may be lower depending on gluten-free flour blend and milk content)
- 106 mg potassium
- 44 g carbohydrate
- 2 g fiber
- 16 g sugars
- 1 g protein
- 9 Weight Watchers Points Plus