Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Apple Pie

Below is our updated, healthier version of the traditional apple pie. Slice for slice you will save 200 calories, 16 grams of fat and 5 grams of saturated fat, as compared to a traditional "Joy of Cooking" recipe for apple pie.

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp. powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
1 Tbsp. cold butter
3 Tbsp. canola oil
3-4 Tbsp. ice water or cold apple juice

6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2-3 tsp. apple pie spice, or a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, to taste
Pinch of salt

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry or white whole wheat flour
1/4 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
3 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon, or to taste
Pinch of salt
1/2 Tbsp. melted butter
1 1/2 Tbsp. canola oil

To Prepare Crust:

In food processor, place flour, sugar and salt. Pulse a few seconds to combine. Add butter and oil. Pulse until well combined and flour resembles crumbs. With food processor running, add ice water, beginning with one tablespoon, then gradually adding more until dough begins to gather into uniform ball. If too crumbly, add a bit more water. Gather dough into ball andlet rest for few minutes. On sheet of wax paper, press dough into flattened disk. Cover with another sheet of waxed paper, and, using rolling pin, roll dough into 12-inch circle. Remove top sheet of wax paper and invert dough over 9-inch pie plate. Remove paper and gently press dough down against sides and bottom of plate, pressing out any air bubbles. Crimp edges.Refrigerate. Prepare filling.

To Prepare Filling:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, place apples. In another bowl, mix together remaining ingredients. Toss into apples, coating well. Gently spoon apple mixture into prepared crust. Prepare topping.

To Prepare Topping:

Mix first six ingredients in bowl until well combined. Using pastry blender or fork, cut in melted butter and canola oil until mixture resembles crumbs (it is helpful to use clean fingers). Sprinkle evenly over apples, pressing down gently. Bake 45-60 minutes, or until apples are tender and bubbly.

Makes 10 slices. Per slice: 236 calories, 9 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 39 g carbohydrates, 3 g protein, 3 g fiber, 89 mg sodium.

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