I love pie. I love contests. I’m not entirely sure where I found out about You Want Pies With That, a monthly pie-making contest, but I immediately resolved to participate, because if there’s one thing my life needs, it’s the guarantee of pie once every 30 days.
This month’s theme was “Masquerade:” bake a pie either pretending to be something it’s not or a pie shrouded in mystery. I’ve made a Pizza Pie: a pie that looks like a pizza. It’s actually considered a galette, but whatever: crust+filling=pie, always.
I’m not going to lie and call this a pretty pie, but with a flaky, buttery crust and sweet fruit interior, I’m not complaining about the results. The great thing about pie is that no matter how ugly it looks, how it tastes is really what matters.
Crust (adapted from the Duo Dishes):
- 1 stick non-hydrogenated margarine, cold and cubed (or butter, if you’re into that sort of thing)
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1 tbs sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 tbs ice water
Sauce (from Vegan with a Vengeance)
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 3 tbs sugar
- 1 1/2 tbs cornstarch
- 2 tbs cold water
- 1 cup peeled grated apple
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbs sugar
- a few slices of maraschino cherry or other mixed fruits for topping (optional)
- To make the crust, combine the flour, salt and sugar in a bowl. Cut margarine into it with a pastry cutter. Add ice water as needed to make a dough. Flatten dough, wrap in parchment or aluminum foil, and chill for 1 hour.
- Place the raspberries, sugar, cornstarch and water in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil; reduce heat and cook until mixture thickens, a few more minutes. Set aside.
- Combine the apple, lemon juice and sugar in a bowl; mix well.
- Roll the crust into 9-10 inch circle on a well-floured surface. Spread the raspberry mixture around the center. Squeeze grated apple of excess juice and sprinkle over raspberry mixture. Fold the edges of the crust in and transfer (carefully) to a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes, or until crust is browned.