Monday, 4 June 2018

Simple 4-Ingredient Store-Cupboard Apple & Strawberry Pie (gluten free; dairy free; vegan)


Sometimes we need a dessert that is simple to throw together, yet is as delicious as the one we have slaved over for hours. This simple 4-Ingredient Store-Cupboard Apple & Strawberry Pie may be just the thing.

Made with store cupboard ingredients (a tin of apples, some frozen strawberries, a little sugar and a pack of ready-to-roll pastry) all 'discovered' and screaming out to be used during a recent clear-out, it is dense with fruit and encased in pretty, decadent pastry.


I have to admit, that tinned apples are not usually found in my larder, but I had bought them some time ago with the intention of making a quick apple puree to use in another recipe, before discovering that a jar of apple baby food was far quicker and easier. They worked perfectly in the pie as despite a good simmering, they didn't completely pulp down and retained a nice 'bite'.

Usually I am a chocolate person, but recently I have been craving fruity stuff.... which is no bad thing, I guess. Although this pie is made with frozen and tinned fruit, it tastes amazingly fresh.... a perfect level of tartness from the apple, sweetened by summer strawberry and a little caramelly coconut sugar. The addition of the strawberry gives it such a beautiful colour too. If you don't want to use 'store-cupboard' fruit, just head to the greengrocer!


Having been through a number of bereavements quite close together, I have needed to do lots of emotional sorting and healing in recent weeks and this pie has been my perfect comfort food. I'm never too sure why we reach for pastry when we need a food-cuddle (or is that just me?), but I know I gobbled most of this down, because when Mr GF returned from two nights away at work and expectantly asked where the pie had gone..... it was well.... gone!


The top of the pie looks a lot fancier than it really is and was born out of needing to make the pastry stretch as far as possible (I didn't want to risk running out and wasn't sure if I had enough to cover in one piece). I needn't have worried.... I think I would have had just enough, but I am pleased I tried something a little different in cutting decorative pastry shapes. I love how the fruit bubbles through the gaps in the surface as it bakes too.... rustic, but inviting... a sort of hint of what lies within.

You can use any shaped cutter to make your shapes, but I thought I would use something fairly simple and to hand. Just make sure you dampen the adjoining raw pastry edges so that they stick together as you go.


It is up to you, but I also chose to sprinkle a little caster sugar on the top once cooked, mainly for decoration.

Although my pie is gluten free, you can (of course) make it with a wheat-based pastry too. Mine is made with Silly Yak pastry, as I found a few packs in my freezer (which I stashed when they were reduced in Tesco a couple of months back). If you haven't used Silly Yak pastry before, I can recommend it as a great gluten free 'go to' if you either don't have time or don't like to make your own. It is also not only gluten free, but dairy free and vegan too, so is pretty versatile from an intolerance perspective.


I am sharing my Simple 4-Ingredient Store-Cupboard Apple & Strawberry Pie with :

 

Cook Once Eat Twice with Searching for Spice
Free From Fridays
Cook Blog Share with Easy Peasy Foodie

 

Bake Of The Week with Casa Costello and Mummy Mishaps
Baking Crumbs with Only Crumbs Remain
Got To Be Gluten Free with Glutarama and myself

 

Brilliant Blog Posts with Honest Mum
Recipe of the Week with A Mummy Too
Fiesta Friday with Angie, Chipa By The Dozen and The Not So Creative Cook



4-Ingredient Store-Cupboard Apple & Strawberry Pie


Ingredients

1 tin (385g) sliced apples (I used Tesco Granny Smiths) - drained (or 3 to 4 fresh apples, peeled, cored and sliced)
a couple handfuls frozen (or fresh) strawberries (trimmed and de-hulled if fresh)
2 to 3 tablespoons coconut sugar/brown sugar/caster sugar
1 pack ready to roll gluten free pastry (I used Silly Yak)

(dairy free milk of choice to glaze)

Method

  1. Prepare your fruit : Put your strawberries and apples in a large saucepan with a couple of tablespoons of sugar and bring to a simmer over a medium heat, stirring. Simmer, stirring frequently until the fruit has softened and the liquid has reduced, so that you have a juicy, but thick, chunky compote. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. Prepare your pastry : Take a pie dish and your ready-to-roll pastry and carefully roll (as per manufacturers instructions) to a depth of about half a centimetre. (I dusted mine with tapioca flour and rolled on dusted clingfilm).
  3. Carefully line the base of the pie dish with rolled pastry and trim the edges, leaving a 'lip' to stick the pastry top. Set aside the off-cuts and wrap in clingfilm until ready to fill the pie.
  4. Fill the pie with your (completely cold) prepared fruit and spread to even the top. 
  5. Bring the remaining pastry together and re-roll. Use a medium-sized cutter to cut pastry shapes.
  6. Using a pastry brush and a little water, moisten the pastry edges and carefully stick the shapes round the edge of the pie (pastry to pastry) and gradually work your way round and into the centre of the pie with each additional shape, to cover the top (there may be gaps between pastry shapes). Once complete, place in the fridge to chill for about 30 minutes. 
  7. Pre-heat the oven to 200 C/400 F/Gas 6.
  8. Glaze the raw pastry top with a little dairy free milk and bake for about 30 minutes. If the top starts to brown too quickly, turn down the oven a little, or cover with a piece of foil.
  9. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with a little extra sugar (optional) for decoration. Eat warm or cold with a drizzle of coconut cream or some dairy-free ice cream. 
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28 comments:

  1. Oh Kate, now you're talking! Fruit pie is MY thing and quick and easy fruit even better. I love what you've done with the pie crust topping , what a clever idea. I will be using this soon for sure. #G2BGF

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    1. Ha ha.... Yeah..... 'easy fruit'. Funny... I seem to be moving into a fruit phase and falling a little out of love with chocolate-eating. No bad thing! x

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  2. What a delicious sounding pie, and I love how you've made the top look so pretty too

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  3. You make the most amazing bakes! This looks gorgeous and beautifully decorated. I would love a slice right now please.
    I work at a health shop and I have seen two of your recipes on this month's "Gluten Free from Heaven" magazine. I am very pleased for you and you deserve it!

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    1. Thank You Alida. That's really kind of you.
      Well done for spotting the 'Gluten Free Heaven' recipes. I am really pleased that I can share my recipes there too! x

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  4. That pie looks delicious and I have to try the topping - a nice way to not stress about how much pastry is rolled out for the top. We had apple and strawberries from the farmers market on the weekend - maybe I will be back this weekend for another punnet of strawberries to use in a pie. Is your pastry shortcrust?

    And glad that you are finding some good simple comfort food during a difficult time.

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    1. Thanks Johanna. I would absolutely recommend the apple-strawberry combo. Worth a trip to the farmer's market!
      The pastry was a ready-to-roll puff, but to be honest, most GF pastries are not really very 'puff' and if I had been making it from scratch, I would have made shortcrust! x

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  5. I've never thought to put apple and strawberry together, it looks wonderful! #CookBlogShare

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    1. Oh Donna, you must try it. It's such a lovely combination of flavours and textures (providing you don't over-cook them before they go into the pie!). Thank you for your lovely comment x

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  6. Fruit pies remind me of my childhood as my mum used to make lovely pies every week! I love the decoration on your pie and I am also impressed by how fruity it is. Thanks so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice! x

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    1. I agree Corina. There is something about childhood and fruit pies. I guess they were probably cheaper and went further than chocolate cake. This pie is very fruity though, and all the better for it! x

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  7. I love this! So quick and simple showing that gluten free baking doesn't have to be tricky at all!

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    1. Thanks Vicki. Absolutely! It was a reminder about how easy it can be.... especially now the range of gluten free supermarket products has grown! x

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  8. This looks so tasty! I love how pretty the crust is too.

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    1. Thank You Cat. I really enjoyed putting the crust together, so I was pleased that it was so effective. x

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  9. What a gorgeous pie! I'm getting some serious crockery envy too, amazing pics xo

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  10. I love how this is made with storecupboard ingredients - genius. Perfect for throwing together in a last minute pudding emergency. And so pretty!! Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare. Eb x

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    1. Thanks Eb. Apple & Strawberry pie is great anytime, but when it can be thrown together this quick, it's even better x

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  11. Yes, simple desserts are the best! Apples and strawberries, delicious combination! thanks for sharing at FF!

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  12. What a great pie Kate - store cupboard ingredients, as well as being so pretty .... and the fruit juices bubbling through the edge of the pastry always makes them look so tempting. I'm not at all surprised there was no pie left over when your husband got home Kate. Thankyou for sharing with #BakingCrumbs
    Angela x

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    1. Thank you Angela. I much prefer the juices bubbling through the crust (as long as they aren't burnt).... Poor Mr GF though.... No Strawberry & Apple Pie for him! He was not happy x

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  13. I love how easy this is to make and how it can be amide using things you have at home. this is my kind of cooking to be honest. your pie topping is so pretty too. hee hee your poor hubby having to go without!
    thank you for sharing with #Bakeoftheweek x

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    1. Thanks Jenny. It was so simple and way too delicious a pie to be that easy! I did feel a little guilty that Mr GF missed out though x

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  14. What a delightful looking pie, and such a lovely looking crumb to the pastry too!

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