Apple Crumb Pie (Vegan)

Apple Crumb Pie
ingredients for crust:
  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 small pinch sea salt
  • 2/3 cup vegan butter (very cold)
  • 1/4 cup iced water

preparation steps for crust:

1. place flour and salt into food processor fitted with an s-blade - pulse once or twice to blend salt and flour together
2. add cold vegan butter slowly(I sometimes place butter in the freezer for an hour or so before) and pulse until butter is cut into pea size pieces but not blended-it should somewhat resemble dried oatmeal
3. add ice water slowly just until dough pulls away from the side of the processor bowl
3. remove processor cover and test by pinching dough between thumb and finger-dough should just stick together-if too crumbly add a bit more water-if too sticky add a bit more flour
4. remove dough to lightly floured surface and quickly form into two balls
5. place dough balls into a zip-lock baggie in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes
Note: recipe yields 2 crusts-only one crust is used per pie-dough can be frozen for up to 3 months

ingredients for apple filling:
  • 6 apples, peeled, cut into uniformly sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tiny pinch sea salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1 tsp nutmeg, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp corn starch

preparation steps for apple filling:

1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix until apples are well coated
ingredients for crumble topping: 
  • 5 tbsp vegan butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
preparation steps for crumble topping:

1. place all dry ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl

2. add melted cooled vegan butter and mix together until mixture form into crumbles
preparation steps for putting it all together:
1. roll out one ball of pie dough on a lightly floured surface and place rolled out dough into pie pan - crimp edges
2. add apple filling
3. pour crumble mixture over the top of apple filling making sure all apples are well covered
4. bake on sheet pan at 350 degrees in center of oven until crust is deep golden-brown and apples are tender and bubbling
5. let cool slightly before serving


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