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Mini Apple Streusel Pies with Peanut Butter Drizzle

10 Nov

November brings with it one of the biggest fall holidays, which are often filled with more sweets than you can shake a spoon at. A favorite dessert during this time is, no doubt, homemade apple pie.

Dating back to the year 1381, apple pie was enjoyed by the English and often included figs and raisins, in addition to using saffron as a coloring agent. Many pies during this time were not sweetened using sugar, but instead were sweetened by fruit. Since then, apple pie has evolved to become an American staple, including actual sugar, and should a dutch apple pie be preferred, cinnamon and lemon juice (source).

These Mini Apple Streusel Pies are made in a cupcake pan and are perfect eaten with a dollop of non-dairy whipped cream or ice cream. Enjoy!

Mini Apple Streusel Pies

Mini Apple Streusel Pies with Peanut Butter Drizzle

Crust:
1-1/2 cups all-purpose or white whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter-flavored solid vegetable shortening
4-6 tablespoons cold water

Streusel Topping:
1/2 cup all-purpose or white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup vegan buttery spread
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Apple Filling:
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 Fuji, Gala or Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Peanut Butter Drizzle (optional):
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon refined coconut oil

Preheat oven to 375º F.

Begin with the crust by combining flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut in buttery spread and mix until pea-sized pieces form. Add cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to mixture and stir just until dough comes together.

Pour dough out onto a clean, flat and floured work surface and roll into a circle approximately 1/8-inch thick. Cut 3.5-inch circles out of dough, combining dough scraps, then rolling and cutting out additional circles until remainder of dough has been used. You should end up with 12 circles of dough.

Place one circle of dough in each spot of a cupcake pan, flattening dough against bottom and sides. Place pan with dough in refrigerator until ready to use.

For the streusel, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix with a fork or pastry blender until pea-sized pieces are formed; set aside.

For the filling, combine cornstarch and lemon juice in a medium-size bowl. Add remaining filling ingredients, mixing to combine.

Remove cupcake pan from refrigerator and fill each spot with apple mixture, dividing evenly among the 12 spots. Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over top of each, then bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

For the peanut butter drizzle, combine both ingredients in a small bowl, and using a fork, drizzle over top of pies.

Oil-Free Pesto-Grilled Potatoes

8 Aug

Oh, how I love pesto! And potatoes. And a hot grill. Grab some aluminum foil and you’ve got a great dish.

Living in a climate with a rather ugly winter, we make the most out of summer in our home. Fresh basil, just the scent of it, is the spirit of summer in herb form. I’ve always loved pesto but I don’t want all the oil found in all the recipes. The beauty of this recipe is that you get the bright, verdant flavor of pesto without the oil because we will be using an aluminum packet over a grill, locking in the flavors and the moisture of the sauce.

NOTE: For those without a grill, you can achieve the same results with a parchment packet in the oven at 425 degrees, cooking the same length of time as on the grill recipe below.

Pesto-Grilled Potatoes

Oil-Free Pesto-Grilled Potatoes
Yields 4-6 Servings

2 cups fresh basil
1 cup spinach
1/4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
1/4 cup low sodium vegetable stock
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons organic lemon rind, grated
1-2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
2 pounds Yukon Gold or baby potatoes

First, make your pesto by placing all of the above ingredients, except for potatoes, into a food processor and process until it is a paste. Add stock by the tablespoon if it is too dry and not coming together.

Wash potatoes and slice into halves or quarters. Very small potatoes can be left whole.

In a large bowl, add the potatoes and 1/3 – 1/2 cup of pesto.

Lay a large sheet of foil, add the potatoes and fold over the edges to make one sealed package. Cook over a hot grill for 20 minutes, turn with tongs and cook for 15 more minutes. Enjoy!

Marla RoseMarla Rose is a writer, mother and activist.
She recently relaunched VeganStreet.com and is co-founder of Chicago VeganMania.

Vegan Buttermilk: Did You Know?

6 Nov
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar in Measuring Cup

Step 1

Buttermilk is a buttery, slightly thickened milk that makes for wonderful biscuits, pancakes, muffins, cupcakes and other various breads.

To my knowledge, there is no vegan buttermilk sold commercially. Luckily though, it is super easy to make your own. Say you need 1 cup “buttermilk”; here’s how you would make it:

  1. Place 1 tablespoon lemon juice, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, or white vinegar in a measuring cup.
  2. Add enough non-dairy milk (of your choosing) until it reaches the 1-cup line; stir with a fork or whisk.
  3. Allow mixture to rest for 5-10 minutes.
Almond Milk Added to Measuring Cup until Line Reaches 1-Cup Mark

Step 2

Voila, you have your vegan buttermilk! The juice/vinegar adds a flavor similar to buttermilk and also curdles the milk allowing it to become slightly thicker.

Prevent Fruit from Browning: Did You Know?

28 Jun

Did you know that, once sliced, you can prevent apples, bananas, peaches and pears from browning by lightly brushing them with juice from citrus fruit?

Fruits such as apples contain enzymes and polyphenol oxidase, which react when exposed to oxygen, therefore causing the fruit to turn brown (known as oxidation). Citrus fruit, however, contains ascorbic acid (or vitamin C) which destroys the enzymes, preventing oxidation from occurring. Though lemon juice is most commonly used for this purpose, other citrus juices such as grapefruit, lime, orange and pineapple work as well.

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