The Story of a delicious Vegan Apple Pie – And how to make it

16. September 2018

How about a warm, delicious, vegan apple pie on cold and rainy autumn days? Here you will find a tasty recipe including romantic photos and fascinating backgrounds regarding this old, traditional pastry.

It is a rainy afternoon on the last day of August. I am standing on the wooden floor of a roof terrace with an amazing view over my beloved, cloudy and grey city of Leipzig. With some flowers on a small wooden table, colourful candies in a glass jar next to me and a freshly baked vegan apple pie in my hands.

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The story of the Apple Pie

Apple pies, or apple tarts, have a long and rich history.

They existed in one form or another already since the Middle Ages! One of the earliest apple pie recipes was found in a cookbook from 1390 by the cook of King Richard II. Here’s what it said:

“For To Make Tartys in Applis: Tak gode Applys and gode Spryeis and Figys and reyfons and Perys and wan they are wel ybrayed co-lourd wyth Safron wel and do yt in a cofyn and do yt forth to bake well.”

The recipe was made of figs, raisins, pears, saffron and of course apples. In the beginning, the apple pies did not contain the back then scarce and expensive sugar. The pastry only served as a “coffin” for the fillings (as you can read in the medieval recipe above – the “cofyn”).

The pie was one of the most popular desserts of the English. When English colonists arrived in North America in the 17th century, their brought their customs with them – including their pies!

You can see how much the English loved their apple pies when reading this poem by William King (1663-1712).

Apple Pye

Of all the delicates which Britons try
To please the palate of delight the eye,
Of all the sev’ral kings of sumptuous far,
There is none that can with applepie compare.

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I am very thankful, that milliner Regina from Birds and Fresia* , located in Barcelona, created this amazing canotier with its flower decorations according to my wishes – to match this lovely 1940s vintage dress! Her work is just unique, you find her hats in her shop on Etsy*. 

Another apple pie – loving country was (and still is) Sweden. In the 18th century, it even was a popular evening meal of children.

So with travelling, exploring and moving to new countries, the beloved apple pie made its way around the world. Though lots of sugar added nowadays, it is still a very popular and delicious pastry – whether enjoyed hot or cold, with ice cream, custard or plain.

It reminds us of the history of our ancestors, taking us back to their simple lives on the countryside and reminding us how they were able – with the few bits of food they had – to create tasty, creative and even good-looking meal for the whole family!

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I absolutely love the cozy atmosphere that Sophia Molek created in these images.

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I think, apple pie is a very down to earth and simple pastry. No complicated decorations, no extravagant recipe or ingredients. Simple fruits from the nature – whether from the own garden or the farm in the next village – some flour and spices, a bit of dexterity – and this makes a cake, which delights the palate, warms stomach and heart.

Recipe for this delicious, comforting vegan apple pie

This tasty pie that I was baking for our photoshoot (and of course we enjoyed it later, after all the work was done), is quite easy to make. I am not an expert in baking and was able to create this delicious, good looking result – so you can do it was well, I am sure!

Preparation time: 30 minutes. Baking time: 35 minutes. Servings: 8.

Ingredients for the pastry:
350g flour
4 tbsp icing sugar
230g dairy-free butter
80ml cold water

Ingredients for the filling:
1kg apples
2 tbsp cinnamon
1tbsp corn starch
2 tbsp sugar
a bit of vanilla extract

To serve:
Caramel sauce
Vegan ice cream

How to make the pastry:

1. Add the flour, icing sugar and vegan butter into a bowl and blend, until it is well combined. Add the water step by step until the dough clumps together. If needed, add more water.
2. Roll the dough into a ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

How to prepare the filling:

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (340F). Brush a 24cm (9 inch, I even used a smaller one with 18cm) with a little butter.
2. Peel the apples and chop them into about 0,5cm slices. Put them into a saucepan and mix with the spices and corn starch. Stir to combine, use medium heat and let the apples stew for a few minutes, until slightly softened. You can also add some caramel sauce for the taste!
3. Remove from the heat.

Tip: How to make caramel sauce yourself: Mix 200g of brown sugar, 4tbsp soy milk, 8 tbsp vegan butter in a sauce pan on medium boil. Let the mixture thick and bubble slightly. Remove from the heat. The sauce will set when it is cooled, you may need to warm it up again for using.

How to make the vegan apple pie:

1. Remove the dough from the fridge and divide it half.
2. Roll out one half in the size of the pastry dish. Overhanging pastry bits are completely fine and can be used as higher edge.
3. Fill the pastry with the apple-cinnamon mix.
4. Roll out the other half of the dough and cut it into 1cm (1 inch) strips. Lay them on top of the pie for a lattice design. This is a good explanation on how to do so.
5. Trim the sides of the pastry, you could use some leftovers to create small leaves.
6. Use a pastry brush to glaze the pie with a bit of caramel sauce. This will make it look golden after baking!
7. Bake for 35 minutes until brown. If it starts to brown too much, you can use some tin foil to cover the pie while baking.

Leave it for about an hour, so your vegan apple pie will be easier to cut.

To make this traditional cake even more perfect, you could add some vegan vanilla ice cream or caramel sauce. Enjoy this delicious pastry!

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This look was kindly given to me by Topvintage*. I love its simplicity, so I created a pure 1950s style without much hairdo or makeup. The beautiful basket as well as the bowl, tablet, candy jar and cotton napkins were pr samples by the Danish brand Søstrene Grene

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I am an autumn child. I was born in autumn and I cannot stand the summer heat and sunny days mainly make my head ache. I am the one that is happy about cold, fresh air, a cloudy sky.

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What makes these romantic, pie-ish photographs so special

One of my favourite photographers, who, during the time and our shoots, also became a wonderful friend of mine – Sophia Molek – and I planned a romantic, sunny late summer photoshoot in the fields of the countryside around Leipzig. As I woke up in the morning and looked out of the window I saw the raindrops running down the glass.

I am a person that always struggles when a plan does not come together, but we had to make a decision. Recently, Sophia moved into a new flat including a beautiful terrace with a wooden floor and an amazing view over the rooftops of Leipzig. We decided to change our picnic-shoot into an afternoon coffee-and-cake-shoot at this place, so we could go inside anytime the rain would become stronger and to warm up in between.

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This beautiful old porcelain belonged to a friend of my aunt, who actually wanted to throw it away! My aunt saved it and brought it to me. 

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So these photos were taken in between laughter about the weird circumstances, a bit of despair about how to take proper photos in the rain, my crazy-looking tries of protecting the straw hat from the water with a plastic bag pulled over my head, and lots of coffee to warm up and keep our positive mood.

In the end, all of these moments turned into wonderful memories of a funny day that became completely different than expected, and photographs that are simply beautiful.

Sophia never tought about taking pictures on her new terrace (thank you Anne for this idea!) and in the end, this “compromise” looks even more special than we thought.

Thank you Sophia for being my forever inspiration and source of creativity!

And to all of you – I hope we could give you some delicious, cozy inspiration for the upcoming autumn days. With or without rain – but definitely with some good, old “Apple Pye”.

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*In this vegan apple pie recipe I used an affiliate link. In case you buy something via this link I will get a small percentage of the profit. This does not change anything for you, it simply helps me to maintain my website and keep it free from banners.

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