Apple pie is total comfort food. You wouldn’t expect that with it being fruit and all, but it must have something to do with the sugar and pastry. For some people it could spark fear, but for me, I know that I can still enjoy apple pie and not gain weight. For one, it is all about balance and secondly, I have a healthier apple pie recipe.
Of course I am going to share it with you. I know, I know – I am too kind!
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This literally just came out of the oven and we couldn’t resist having a tiny slice (before dinner) and it is perfect for this cold day. I am still planning on eating it on a summers day, but maybe not heated up. Add some homemade frozen yoghurt and you have yourself an apple pie party! Can you imagine? An apple pie party?
You may have noticed now that in pretty much all my baking, I use dates in replace of sugar. This means that it is all naturally sweetened with fruit. In case you don’t usually like dates, you really can’t taste them at all – it just adds sweetness to it. Although it is not super low in calories, that is because dates are quite high in calories – but it is a natural sweetener. This isn’t something you are going to be eating every day, but it is a healthier option considering the average slice of apple pie has 450 calories in it. This recipe is low in fat though.
I don’t want to be the one to bring up next Christmas when last Christmas was only a couple of months ago, but this is a favourite during the festive season. Be the best party guest ever and take some with you to a Christmas party.
Ingredients – serves 8:
- 210g/ 1.6 Cups Whole Wheat flour
- 60g/Quarter Cup butter
- 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
- Half teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 5 tbsp cold water and 4 pitted dates
- 7 apples
- 15 dates
- 12 tbsp cold water
- Half a teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
1) Put the flour and salt in a bowl.
2) Put the water and dates for the pie crust in a food processor and blend.
3) Cut the butter into cubes and add to the flour and mix with your fingers until it becomes a breadcrumb consistency.
4) Add the yoghurt, egg and date syrup and mix with a fork.
5) Then mix with your hands and put on the flour dusted surface and knead for a few minutes. If this is still fairly sticky, add some more flour.
6) Divide the dough into two and put one half in the freezer to either make another pie another time, or some homemade pop tarts.
7) With the bit of dough that is left, divide that into two as well and roll one piece into 10inches/25cm in diameter (I used 10 inch/25cm diameter dish for my pie).
8) Grease your pie dish with a little butter and lay the rolled out dough inside it.
9) Roll out the other bit of dough and cut into 8 strips to use on top of the pie.
10) Next you need to make your apple pie filling. Put the dates and water for the filling and a food processor and blend. Peel and chop your apples and put them in a large pan with the date syrup and add your spices. Cook for 10 minutes. Add a little more water if it gets too dry.
11) Add cooked apples to the pie dish and place the strips over the top of the filling. Brush with an egg wash (egg and milk).
12) Place in a preheated oven at 220C/400F for 25 minutes.
Nutritional Information – per slice:
Carbs: 60.5 (due to all the fruit)
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