To me, it hadn't really felt like winter in Melbourne yet. Until yesterday. Crazy storms, rain, power outages, decimated piers and tree branches strewn every which way. While sitting at home under two donnas and waiting for the power to come back on (minutes pass like hours) I thought about what would comfort me in this scenario. Obviously, the answer was, and always is, apple pie.
I'm not going to get all preachy on the nutritional content here, because that would be both unprovoked and unqualified information. But I will say this: a bit of good quality butter never hurt nobody. And sometimes I think it is 110% necessary. Handy hint: I used a 20cm diameter tart tin for this one.
4 apples, sliced
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
splash of water
2 tablespoons almond milk
1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup oat flour (grind up some oats and voila)
1/2 arrowroot/tapioca flour
50g melted butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
pinch of salt
1 or 2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon coconut sugar
1 tablespoon arrowroot/tapioca flour
1 heaped tablespoon crushed walnuts
1. preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
2. Mix together the flours, butter, maple syrup, egg, and salt until a dough forms. Divide the dough so that 1/4 of it is set aside.
3. Grease a pie tin and mould the pastry dough to the tin, leaving the 1/4 aside for another special activity.
4. Add the apples, coconut sugar, almond milk, water and spices to a pan on a medium heat. Cook for about five to ten minutes, or until the apples have softened slightly (but still hold their shape) and the liquid has begun to form a caramel.
5. Pop the pastry into the oven for five minutes while the apples are doing their thang.
6. Remove the pastry from the oven and add the apple mixture to the case. Return to the oven for ten minutes.
7. With the remaining dough, add 1 tablespoon of tapioca flour, 1 heaped tablespoon of crushed walnuts, 1 or 2 teaspoons of cinnamon (depending on your level of obsession with it) and 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar. Using your hands or a spoon, rub the pastry together until little balls form.
8. Take the pie out of the oven, and sprinkle with the streusel. Return to the oven (yes, soz) for about 5 or ten minutes. You can even pop the grill on for a few if you fancy a bit of colour, although the cinnamon does that job nicely in any case.
9. Serve with vanilla ice cream, custard, coconut yoghurt or normal yoghurt. Or all of the above.