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Easiest Tarte aux pommes ever (vegan French style apple pie)

9 Aug

From age 1 to 3, I spent most of my time at my grandma’s. She was (and still is) a great cook and what I remember the most when thinking about her are her pies. Not the fancy kind where you use the dough leftover to make some nice pattern atop of the pie : I’m thinking true pies, with a buttery crust, perfectly ripe fruits and sugar. Of course my grandma’s pies were far from being vegan but I found out that most of the ingredients could be very easily replaced.

Pâte brisée dough :
1 cup flour (you can use all-purpose or go for whole wheat)
a pinch of sugar
1/2 cup vegan butter (room temperature)
2 tablespoons water

Mix together flour and sugar, then add the butter. You want to get something crumbly and sandy, you could use a food processor but we hardcore kids do it with our bare hands. Carefully add water and form the dough into a ball, let chill for at least 30 minutes and then roll out and poke tiny holes with a fork.

Filling :
3 to 4 big (I mean really big) apples
1 cup non-dairy milk
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
optional but yummy : a handful of speculoos (aka speculatius)

Peel and slice the apples. Place them on the dough : there’s no pattern to follow but it’s best if they can slightly overlap. In a bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and milk. Make sure nothing remains at the bottom of the bowl, then pour the mixture on the apples, trying to coat them evenly. As a bonus, you can add crumbled speculoos on top of the pie and between the layers. Bake for about 30 minutes and let cool before slicing.