Saturday, December 8, 2012

Why Buy When You Can Make It Better Yourself (Pie Crust)


 Here it is!
The long awaited pie recipe! If you knew how simple and FUN making pie crust is you would never buy frozen again!! Making homemade vegan pie crust is just as easy as conventional crust... BUT its even stronger! You can literally hold a piece of this pie by the crust and it will not break! But the taste is fantastic... I think it's BETTER than doing it the old way.

Here are the ingredients:
2 1/4 cups of All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil (make sure it's solid)
1 teaspoon of Salt (rock salt or sea salt... NO MORTON'S)
1 Tablespoon of Sugar (Xylitol, or raw sugar please)
1/2 Cup of Ice Water

**Compare our 5 ingredients with the 18 in Pillbury's Frozen Crust!!!!! If you need to have majored in Latin to read the food label on something, don't eat it!**

Directions:

STEP 1: In a food processor- pulse the flour, salt, and sugar a few times until mixed.


STEP 2: Add in the coconut oil and pulse until it's crumbly and sticks together when you squeeze it between your fingers. Using a food processor for this step is unconventional, but that's what I'm all about! :) It works perfectly!


STEP 3: Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and start gradually adding in the water with a spatula. The key to making excellent pie crust is ICE COLD WATER. *Think Titanic Iceberg water cold! Keep mixing until you have a nice dough ball formed.






You may need slightly less water, or more. Adjust your amount accordingly. This amount of dough will make two pie crusts or 1 pie crust that has a lattice top (like this)


STEP 4: Cut dough in half and reshape into a flat ball. Place dough on a floured counter.


STEP 5: Roll out pie crust and place the dough into the pan.
  Check out my video below on how to roll perfect crust every time.
 

*TIPWhen working with pie dough always keep a dish of ice water and extra flour handy.


STEP 6: With a fork, poke holes in the sides and bottom of the crust. Then, place your PERFECT pie crust into the refrigerator for 1 hour. This will keep it stable while you are baking.


For Thanksgiving, I made a vegan pumpkin pie and pumpkin tarts... not because I'm fancy. Because I only have 1 pie pan :) I made the above dough recipe, and rolled out half the dough onto a pie pan and the rest I put into muffin pans. It turns out half of this dough recipe makes 12 tarts!



Here is the Pumpkin Pie Filling Recipe:

Ingredients:
2 1/2 Cups of pumpkin puree
1 Cup of Cashews soaked in water for 3 hours or more. Rinse and drain them well before using.
3/4 Cup of sugar (Xylitol or Raw sugar, please)
2 Tablespoons of Tapioca starch (NO DON'T USE CORNSTARCH!)
1 1/2 Tablespoons of Blackstrap Molasses (Benefits: Calcium, Iron, minerals)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 teaspoon of dried ginger
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
A pinch or two of cloves



Directions:

STEP 1: Pre-heat oven to 176ºC (350ºF)

STEP 2: Mix everything together until smooth. Those cashews can be stubborn. I usually have to use an immersion blender to get everything smooth.

STEP 3: Pour mixture into pie shell and smooth out the top until it looks good.





STEP 4: Bake for about 35- 40 minutes. Pumpkin pie- just like cheesecake and cookies will not appear done when it actually IS. If it looks done, it's probably over cooked. 


STEP 5: In order to keep your pie filling from "cracking" make sure it doesn't cool off too quickly. To easily do this, turn off the oven and crack the door. Leave the pie in for about 15 minutes. It will cool down slower and your pie will have less risk of cracking.




My finished Pumpkin Pie: Mostly organic, no eggs, dairy, preservatives or white sugar.

 

My Banana Cream Pie: All organic, no eggs, no dairy. With coconut milk whipped cream.




NOW- WHAT YOU HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR.... THE GIVEAWAY WINNERS (from the last post)!!!      


Dr. Bronner's Soap: #16 Austin Buckley
Organic Coconut Oil: #20 roundthemoon

You can click the Random Picker icon below to see the drawing details. :)



I will be messaging you both shortly to get your shipping details! Thank so much to everyone that participated!!


Happy Holidays to you all!

I know the holidays can be a bit of a weakness for some people... food and baked goods abound this time of year. But this year, re-think your choices. If there is something you LOVE, there is a way to make it healthier. Just do a little research- you'll be glad you did!

Living in a foreign country WITHOUT frozen/boxed/canned foods that we become so dependent on in the US has really forced me into making things myself. I will always be glad for these years spent living in Korea. My true life's path was forged here.. I found myself here. It never even crossed my mind that I would find that when I decided to leave my home 4 years ago.



Here's to the paths you have yet to travel and the ones you are traveling now. Never get too attached to any ONE plan. Always be open. Always be searching.

Empowered Choices. Empowered Way.

Meg


5 comments:

  1. The pumpkin pie filling sounds great! I'm going to have to try it. Glad to see Austin won the soap! :) Cheryl

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    1. Let me know when you try it!!! I'd LOVE to hear your opinion. :)

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  2. awesome video! were there other videos on your blog that I missed? It was so nice to see you in the video. I know how you sound :) btw, where did you live before you moved to Korea?

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    1. I lived in West Virginia before moving to Korea. SOMETIMES the accent creeps out. I noticed that it did in a few spots in this video :)

      I have 2 other videos that I have done. If you scroll down to the bottom of this page, you can see all of my YouTube videos from my channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/megrushbrk?feature=mhee)

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  3. Hi Meg. Accents are cool. I am not good at recognizing them unfortunately, that's why I asked. I will check out your other videos too :)

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