I have a special treat for you today. Or rather, I should say that Joni and Celine have an incredible dessert for you today. Fresh from their new cookbook, Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites, comes this drop-dead decadent (yet somewhat wholesome) vegan apple pie, pictured here with the most monstrous “a la mode” scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream that I have ever seen. These ladies take their desserts seriously.
But what really sets this delight apart from other vegan apple pie recipes is the pecan crust. Sweetened lightly with brown sugar, the pecans are ground to infuse a pecan pie-like flavor into the crust. Two pies in one! How can you go wrong with that? Of course, this is just a sampling of the “Ooey, Gooey, and Downright Sinful Sweets” in Hearty Vegan. And yes, that really is the title of the jam-packed dessert chapter!
Enjoy the following vegan apple pie recipe over the holidays or any day that you deserve something sweet.
Special Diet Notes: Vegan Apple Pie in a Pecan Crust
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.
- ¾ cup (74 g) pecan halves
- 1½ cups (180 g) whole wheat pastry flour
- ¼ cup (55 g) packed light brown sugar
- Pinch fine sea salt
- ¼ cup (56 g) dairy-free buttery spread or sticks
- ¼ cup (60 ml) dairy-free milk beverage, as needed
- 4 large Granny Smith or other good-for-baking apples, peeling optional, cored, quartered, cubed into bite-size pieces
- 2 tablespoons (28 g) dairy-free buttery spread or sticks
- 3 tablespoons (45 ml) dairy-free milk beverage or fresh lemon juice, divided
- ½ cup (110 g) packed light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- Pinch fine sea salt
- 1 tablespoon (8 g) cornstarch
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C, or gas mark 5) and lightly grease a 9-inch (23-cm) pie plate.
- Add the pecans, flour, sugar, salt and dairy-free butter to a food processor. Pulse a few times to grind the pecans and combine.
- Add the milk beverage, a little at a time, just until the dough sticks together when pinched.
- Evenly crumble the dough into the prepared pie plate, and press it down to cover the whole bottom and sides of the plate. Make sure no cracks are left so that the filling has no chance to seep down through them. Alternatively, you can roll out the crust on a lightly floured surface and carefully transfer it into the pie plate to fit it in. You can also optionally reserve a generous handful of the crust to crumble on top of the filling as it bakes.
- Cover the crust with a piece of parchment and pie weights. Pre-bake for 24 minutes.
- Combine all ingredients (only 2 tablespoons [30 ml] of the milk beverage or lemon juice, and save the cornstarch for later!) in a pot. Bring to a boil, lower heat and cook on medium for 14 minutes, stirring often. The syrup must be rather thick and the apples just barely tender without falling apart.
- Combine the remaining milk beverage or juice with the cornstarch in a small bowl. Add it to the apple mixture, stirring well, and cook for another 2 minutes until thickened.
- Place the filling evenly into the crust. Bake for another 24 minutes, or until the edges of the crust are golden brown.
- Place the pie plate on a wire rack to cool.
- As is customary with pies, the first slice might be a mess: a good excuse to sacrifice yourself and have at it before anyone else does. Awfully sweet of you, innit?
I recommend adding another 1-2 tablespoons of liquid to the cornstarch mixture. When I poured it in, it seized immediately, and not i have little chunks of congealed cornstarch in my pie. 🙁
That’s really odd. I’ve never had that happen with this type of process, even when the starch amount is too high. Right before you whisked the starch liquid into the mixture, you gave it another whisk, and made sure the starch was dissolved? If it is dissolved before adding, it doesn’t form chunks. The chunks are undissolved bits. To resolve, remove the filling from the heat. Whisk to remove as many chunks as possible – it is more difficult once heated. Add more liquid as needed and whisk to combine.
The texture of the crust and crumble and those big delicious chunks of apple, I want a big slice of that pie (and I’m not a huge fan of pie)!
That’s exactly what I thought!
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