Mom-certified: "You always make such a mess when you cook"
Alright. You can't have your wedding anniversary land on the fall equinox and not do something fall-ish. Since our first year of marriage was a bit exhausting (new jobs, new house, new dog), we haven't done the big honeymoon thing yet. We did take a few days off after the wedding to recoup at a bed and breakfast in northern Minnesota. To celebrate our anniversary, we went apple picking at a local orchard. Just in time to make my mom's apple pie recipe for Vegan MoFo! We always had dozens of these pies stashed in the freezer for my grandpa.

I'm not 100% sure where we're looking in this photo, but as a habitual blinker, I won't complain about an aiming mishap.
Pie Crust
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup non-dairy milk (optional 1 Vegg yolk)
Apple Filling
  • 5 cups apples (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp butter                                              
For the pie crust, mix all the ingredients and divide in half. Roll out one half for the bottom crust. Feel free to make the crust look more presentable than this (and yes, this was my SECOND try at rolling the crust out).
For the filling, combine sugar, flour, spices, and lemon juice. Add the apples and thoroughly coat them in the mixture. Wet your hands and press the apples down into the pie dish. Take room temperature butter and rub it on top of the apples (I'm really starting to feel like the vegan Paula Deen this month). With the remaining crust, fold it in half and make knife marks down the middle (so they look like Vs when it's unfolded). Pinch the crusts together and line the edges with aluminum foil.
Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees and then another 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
I will take a fresh apple pie over old cake any day.
9/23/2013 01:56:54 pm

You mean you can make an apple pie without a pound of lard? My grandmother is rolling in her grave as we speak!! ;)

Also, double vacation/honeymoon?? I'm down for a trip to NZ if you are. Plenty of vegans there!!

9/24/2013 10:24:01 am

I wish I bad a piece of that Right now!! It sure łooks so very good. Thanks Megan much. .

9/25/2013 12:15:56 pm

Oh, does that bring back memories. This is the first year I am not making a stockpile of pies! Still have a couple left from last year. Glad you remember these growing up. I bet gramps remembers helping with these also....the mess, the aching back, the sore fingers, but, ah.....were they great! Thanks for recreating them, Megs!


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    Hello and welcome! My name is Megan. I'm an ethical vegan and an admittedly less-than-tidy baker. As a North Dakota/Minnesota native, my goal is to make delicious vegan food that friends, relatives, and unsuspecting strangers will enjoy.


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