Sunday, November 1, 2009

Healthier Version of Sweet Apple Pie

The Pie Crust
4 oz. soft cream cheese
1/4 cup. smart balance butter (the omega 3's kind)
1/4 cup. canola oil
1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup. whole wheat flour
1 cup. oat flour
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
Blend cream cheese,butter, oil, and vanilla together. Mix in flours, cinnamon, and salt until you have a smooth pastry (you may have to use your hands here!). Roll out on parchment paper. Makes about two 8 inch pie crusts.

5 unpeeled apples (quartered)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/4 dark molasses
2 tbsp. oat flour
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. lime (or lemon) Juice

Throw in the cut up apples in the tablespoon of lime/lemon juice in a bowl. In another bowl, quickly stir or blend the brown sugar, honey, molasses, oat flour, cinnamon, salt, and vinegar. Toss the apples in this mixtures. You could probably even do less of the honey....

Fill the mixture into the pie (bottom crust) and the lay the top crust over the apples. Be sure to pierce holes in the top (easier if done before laying it on the apples). Bake at 400 degrees for about 50-55 minutes.

I hope I remembered everything! I think it would be yummy if walnuts were thrown into the filling... or even ground flax!

* I made this pie for our small group church family on Halloween night.  We had our friends over and had a great time with food being the center of our gathering.  I made Pumpkin No-Bake Cookies (to be posted later), apple cider with wine, served coffee and offered hot chocolate.  The pie was a HIT!  I was so excited because the past few times I have attempted making a pastry---let's just say it was OVERLY flaky.  I would totally add ground flax to the crust next time I make this pie--or even in the filling.  I had already manipulated a recipe, so I had to take it easy! *

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