Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Apple Pie

Last weekend was my neighborhood's second annual Harvest Party. Harvest Party is the genius idea of my friend, Rose, and consists of having all the neighbors over for a meal and celebrating our summer, each other, and good food all while dining on the lawn. There is only one kicker... everyone must bring a dish to share in which at least one ingredient was grown in your garden! BEST IDEA EVER! This year, I turned to the fruit trees in our yard. We have apples, pears, and plums. I was surprised to see that some of the apples were ripe and ready for picking. So I decided that I would bring an apple pie to Harvest Party, paleo of course!

Picked 6 medium sized apples from yard. 
I tried an Elana's Pantry recipe for her Skillet Apple Pie. Of course I didn't have all the ingredients so I had to modify. The crust was a work in progress. It was difficult to get it the right texture to roll out while 1)not being too dry and cracking or 2)too wet and sticky. Below is what I used to make my pie.

Crust (this is for each crust; so if doing a top crust too, you'll need double):
1.5-2.0 cups of almond flour
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 egg (without the egg, it was too dry)

2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
6 medium apples
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup honey
juice of 1 medium lemon
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Heat up grapeseed oil in skillet on medium heat. Peel and slice apples and add to skillet. I let them cook for 5-10 minutes. Mix applesauce, honey, lemon juice, arrowroot, and cinnamon in bowl and pour over apples. Stir apples until they are covered in mixture. You can leave them on low heat or turn the heat off.

Mix crust ingredients together in small bowl. Place mixture between two sheets of parchment paper to roll out. Once flat, carefully remove parchment paper and place in pie dish. Pour in apples and filling. Place second pie crust on top.

Bake at 375 degrees ~15-20 minutes until top pie crust is brown. It needs to be in oven long enough to ensure the crust is cooked but be careful that it doesn't burn. I didn't have time to make paleo ice cream but if I had some, it would have been da bomb!

My contribution to Harvest Party.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Be Hardy!

Ohhhhh, yes! Don't you just love it when the perfect words hit you square in the head at the perfect time? Not only that but they hit pre-9:00am too! Seize the day! Make your choices! Own them! Solve problems!  Choose to be hardy! Great words from the amazing Michelle Simpson!