One thing I have yet to do in life is visit an apple orchard. I know.
I feel as though my childhood was somehow robbed of this experience and I’m set on redeeming it. Perhaps this month! But in the meantime, a friend of mine whose family grows their own graciously gifted me a giant bag of organic apples, so this will have to do for now.
Aren’t they beautiful?
I immediately knew what I wanted to do with them – make John’s all time favorite dessert: Apple pie! But, with a twist.
To give the crust and filling a touch of pumpkin flavor, I added both pumpkin butter and pumpkin pie spice.
The result was an 8-ingredient apple pie with subtle pumpkin flavor and the perfect amount of sweetness and warmth. Mmm, this one is a winner, and a lovely pie to kick off fall baking.
For the crust – which is kept vegan with vegan butter – I attempted a lattice top! It was my first time trying my hand at this method and it certainly wasn’t the most beautiful thing to look at, but at least I tried!
You could also do a traditional top crust, or even a crumble! The filling is where it’s really at anyway.
This pie is a fall dream. It’s:
Loaded with apples
Perfect with coconut whip (or dairy-free ice cream)
And seriously simple
If you’ve never made a pie before, this would be a great one for first timers! The apple filling is a no brainer – just peel, cut and toss with sugar + spices – and the crust is very basic.
Despite minimal effort, the result is super impressive. As in, make this pie and impress all your friends with your pie skills. Do it!
If you decide to usher in fall with this gorgeous pie, be sure to tell us! Leave a comment or take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram. We love seeing our recipes in your kitchens. Cheers!
- 2 cups flour (I used 1/2 unbleached all purpose, 1/2 whole wheat pastry)
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2/3 cup + 2 Tbsp cold vegan butter
- Ice water (2-6 Tbsp)
- 4 1/2 - 5 cups sliced, peeled apples (I like a mix of tart and sweet)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/3 cup sugar (I used part brown sugar, part cane sugar)
- 2 Tbsp pumpkin butter* (or sub pumpkin puree and add a bit more sugar + cinnamon)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp unbleached all purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and place a rack in the bottom 1/3 of your oven for optimal baking.
- Prepare filling by peeling and slicing apples into bite sized pieces or slices and tossing with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt, sugar, pumpkin butter and unbleached flour. Set aside.
- To prepare crust, whisk flour, salt, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon in a large bowl. Then add cold butter and use a pastry cutter or fork to combine until crumbly.
- Add ice water 1 Tbsp at a time until a loose dough forms.
- Transfer to a floured surface and gently mold together with hands, handling as little as possible. Divide in two, making one (the bottom crust) slightly larger.
- Gently roll out the larger crust using only as much flour as needed, and carefully drape over a standard pie pan (mine is 9.5 inches) using a rolling pin to help transfer. Leave the edges hanging over and only trim areas of great excess and add those back to the other crust.
- Add the apple filling, reserving most of the excess liquid that's formed, and then roll out the other crust.
- You can cut the crust into strips and do a lattice top (tutorial here), or just lay the whole crust over the apples for a traditional top, in which case you’ll need to poke several little holes with a knife to let steam escape.
- Use your fingers to crimp edges and then brush the pie with lightly water or dairy-free milk and dust generously with sugar.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Cover the edges with foil at the 30-minute mark so they don’t get too brown.
- Let cool completely before slicing or the filling will run - at least 3-4 hours. Best when fresh, but will keep for up to a few days. Serve with coconut whipped cream or your favorite non-dairy ice cream!
*Find some helpful pie crust tips here!
*For a crumble top pie, halve the pie recipe to just make a bottom crust and then top with this crumble recipe.
*Nutritional information is a rough estimate of 1/8th recipe