Recently, I made my own version of this pie. It came out better than I expected. If you know me, I have a problem following a recipe to a T. I always have to put my spin on it; it’s the rebel in me. It’s probably also the reason why I’m not a very good baker. In a Chopped competition with random weird shit in a basket, I think I would come up on top though. I’m good at Shop-My-Fridge and Bastard Food meals.
I used not one, not two, but FOUR different types of flour. I know…WTF, right? Well, some time ago, I thought I would be a responsible-to-my-body type of cook/baker, so in a span of a few months, I bought coconut flour, hazelnut flour, and spelt. I use spelt flour and almond flour regularly, but the other two I have laying around in my fridge will expire soon. Hence, Bastard Pie Crust.
To make Bastard Pie Crust:
- 2 sticks of unsalted butter, very cold
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons ice cold water
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 hazelnut flour
- 1/2 cup spelt
- 1/2 cup AP flour
Cut butter into cubes. Add to large mixing bowl. Add coconut flour, then hazelnut flour, then salt. Mix with your handy mixer or with your hands. I didn’t want to wash my mixing bowl, paddle, nor wipe down my KitchenAid, so I put it in a large bowl, and used my pastry cutter, and when it became more manageable, I used my hands. Add spelt and 2 tablespoons water. Mix lightly, then add AP flour and last of the water. Coconut flour really sucks in moisture, so add more water if you feel that the dough is not sticky. Pound onto a flour surface into a flat disk and refrigerate for at least an hour until ready to use. (You can also skip the flat disk step and shape into your pie pan but you MUST chill it. Don’t skip the chilling!)
I basically followed the recipe I linked to above in terms of cooking the apples lightly with miso. I didn’t have white miso, so I used red. It came out saltier than I would have liked, but there was still a savory component to it which I did like. The crust edges were crumbly, which I expected, but not to the point of instant dust. It held up well. It was nutty and delicious. When it comes to apple pie, I’m more of a crust girl. Where do you stand on this?
Unfortunately, Yobo is allergic to miso so while he ooohed and aaahed at my finished pie, he couldn’t have any. Somebody PLEASE invent an anti-allergen pill so my husband can eat legumes and their by-products with me! (Sister liked it though, and had the same comments about the saltiness.)
Final note: Because of the nature of my crust, I did not par-bake it prior to adding the apple filling. I baked it at 350°F for 65 minutes and then let it cool.
Non-food related thoughts:
- I know this all over the web, but the attacks in Paris have been on my mind. What do they really want? What are they really trying to say with all of this violence?
- This made me think about how I have developed ADHD these past few years. I’m on my laptop and I have 26 tabs open. Fuck. (Once, my BFF told me she had more than 30 tabs open on her phone.) I will never be a millionaire. I can’t multi-task and I can’t concentrate or remember things the way I used to. Lifehacker said it best:
You Can’t Process That Much Information Simultaneously
Dozens of open tabs signifies either procrastination on a truly epic scale or a chronic inability to focus on an immediate task at hand. Either way, it’s not the sign of someone working efficiently. I work as a journalist—sourcing information from multiple sources is a big part of the job—but I don’t kid myself I need thirty of them open at once. Absorb the data from one place, then move on.
More food and thoughts at another sporadic time!