Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Sweet... Rustic Apple Pie

Pin It Now! I love to cook...hate to bake.  Well, no, that's not true...I like it...I'm just terrible at it.  Baking is a skill all in it's own...and it's not forgiving (at least in the general sense)  But, I know there are those of you out there that crave a sweet treat.  So, I'm going to put my skills to the test each week.  My goal is to learn to bake better and to create healthy sweet treats.  (our home doesn't have ice cream, cookies, cake...nada.)  Yes, I deprive my dear children.  But, now they can help me create something sweet each week and learn that it can be healthy (ish) too.

This weeks treat is an apple pie.  And a very simple one.  Great for my first go...I'm totally cheating and using pre-made pie crust.  (you can too, I won't tell)  Let me know how this turns out for you!

My Little Chef helped me make the pie.  We had so much fun cooking together.  


  • 1/2 cup whole-grain pastry flour or regular whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons lowfat buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons ice water


  • 3 medium Golden Delicious apples, unpeeled
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon boiling water


To prepare the crust, put the whole-wheat pastry flour, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse 3 times to combine. Add the butter and pulse about 12 times, until you get a pebbly course texture. In a small bowl combine the buttermilk and ice water. Add the buttermilk-water mixture and pulse 3 to 5 times more to combine. Pat the dough into a 4-inch round and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes, or make ahead and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
In the meantime, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F, and prepare the filling. Core the apples and cut them into 1/4-inch slices. In a large bowl toss the apple slices with the lemon juice. Add the dried cherries then sprinkle in the cornstarch, brown sugar and cinnamon and toss until the apples are evenly coated. Set aside.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the chilled dough into a large circle about 9 inches in diameter. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and draping the dough over the rolling pin, transfer it to the prepared baking sheet. If the dough breaks, patch it up with your fingers.
Arrange the apple mixture in a mound in the center on the dough, leaving a 1 to 2-inch border. Fold the border over the filling. It will only cover the filling partially and does not need to be even.
Bake the pie at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes, and then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F, keeping the pie in the oven all the while, and bake for another 40 minutes, until the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown.
In a small bowl stir together the honey and boiling water to make a glaze. When the pie is done remove it from the oven and brush the honey glaze all over the top of the fruit and crust. Transfer to a plate to cool slightly. Cut into 6 wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.
Per Serving:
Calories 230; Total Fat 8 g; (Sat Fat 5 g, Mono Fat 2 g, Poly Fat 0 g) ; Protein 3 g; Carb 39 g; Fiber 3 g; Cholesterol 20 mg; Sodium 60 mg


Click and Cook said...

This turned out pretty good. It's not an overly sweet dessert and if you're imagining good'ol apple pie, this isn't it. Healthier version. I think the flavors may have been better if I had made the crust.
Very simple to make though and I had fun making it with my daughter.
You could also try using pears, walnuts, raisins...lots of variety here. :)

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