Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Healthy Apple and Pear Crumble Pie







Anyone that knows me, knows how much i love to bake. Baking for me is so soothing. I love getting my hands into pastry and fillings etc.

I love experimenting with baking too. This recipe was definitely an experiment. It has NO SUGAR, and very LITTLE BUTTER. I love dessert, I actually like to have it most nights. Sometimes it will be chocolate, a tiny square, and that's it! Or yoghurt, fruit, or even PIE! I am always looking at ways to make traditional recipes, full of butter and sugar, a little healthier.

This time I thought I would just rely on the fruit for that bit of sugar. My thought was, I could reduce the water that I poached the fruit in to make a lovely sticky sweet syrup, and use it through the whole pie for that bit of sweetness.

Personally I loved this pie. But I don't like anything too sweet, unless it is something worth all that sweetness, the Japonaise at The Sweet Spot is worth all the sugar!

Pastry
1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour
50 grams butter
ice cold water
1 1/2 tablespoons almond meal

Filling
3 pink lady apples
1 beurre bosc pear, for crunch
2 William Bartlett pears
Half vanilla pod
1 tablespoon plain flour
cinnamon to taste
1-2 cups water to cover fruit about 3/4 way

Crumble
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1 cup oats
50 grams butter
2 tablespoons slivered almonds
2 tablespoons almond meal
cinnamon to taste
brown sugar, optional I didn't add any instead I used 2 teaspoons of fruit syrup from poaching fruit


Rub flour and butter together in a bowl to resemble breadcrumbs. Add a splash or two of cold water till the dough just comes together. Roll out to fit your pie dish, with some over hanging. Roll the edges up. Blind bake in a 190C oven for about 20 minutes.
Once out of the oven sprinkle the base with almond meal.

Once you have the pastry in the oven, cut up all the fruit into bite size chunks.
Place it all in a pot with vanilla and a good teaspoon of cinnamon.
Simmer the fruit for about 20 minutes, some will collapse.
Strain the fruit mixture keeping the liquid in a small pot. Add the fruit to the pie base.

Whisk in a tablespoon of flour to the syrup, then reduce the syrup by at least half. This will thicken and sweeten as it reduces, creating the sweetness needed without adding sugar! Takes about 10 minutes on med heat.
Pour the thickened liquid over the fruit, reserving 2 teaspoons for the crumble.

Mix all the crumble ingredients together adding 2 teaspoons of the fruit syrup for sweetness, you can of coarse add dark choc chips, or brown sugar instead. If crumble mixture doesn't come together, like...well a crumble, then add more butter or syrup, or even a dash of water.
Crumble over the top of the fruit. Bake the pie for about 40 minutes or until the crumble is well browned.
Serve with yoghurt, sour cream or my favourite vanilla ice cream.

15 comments:

  1. So beautiful! And rustic! Such perfect weather for crumbles & I love how you've made it healthier- although butter is always essential :) x

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    1. Thanks Hannah :) Butter is an essential in this house!

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  2. You are taunting me! I want to make this, or any baking actually, but I currently do not own an oven!!! arghhhh

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    1. lol you'll get an oven soon Laura! And then you can get your bake on!!!!

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  3. Oh so gorgeous! I have never in my life made pie, but my family grew up with my mother's wonderful crumbles. Best of both worlds here! :)

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    1. Oh Hannah, you cannot like The Waitress and not have baked a pie! Its a must, get on it soon its very therapeutic ;)

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  4. I have just nominated you for a Kreativ Blgger Award. Thanks for sharing your words and recipes with us.

    http://thelegaltart.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/kreativ-blogger-award/

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    1. Wow thank you so much. I will have to get on that very soon <3

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  5. I really enjoy the combination of pear and apples, they are very similar but different at the same time, this pie sounds pretty good and I like the fact that it is actually healthy

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  6. Diet saviour! I need this recipe so badly. I love fruit crumbles and sadly my favourite part is the buttery crumble. This will do very nicely indeed! :)

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    1. ME TOO! thats the problem, i needed to make something i could have anytime!

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  7. Fabulous!! I love the idea of a pie and crumble in one, amazing! Love the use of wholemeal flour. And almond meal in the crust? genius. ah! love it. Did you really find it sweet enough? I know you said you did, but I'd be scared to go sans any added sugar. Good on you, though!
    Heidi xo

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    1. It was sweet enough for me, but only cause I made the sticky fruit syrup, otherwise, I think it wouldn't be as nice.
      I really dont like a lot of sugar anyway, im a syrup on the side of my french toast, no sugar in my tea kinda gal anyway.
      If you do add sugar i highly recommend it go into the crumble only.

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