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Friday, November 17, 2006

Holiday recipe: apple and pecan pie, no sugar added

For people on sugar-restricted diets, holidays can be almost an obstacle course. Usually it's a good idea to bring dessert to a dinner party, so you can have dessert instead of simply doing without while everybody's eating sweets. Here's my apple pie, with no added sugar.


Fresh out of the oven

Apple and pecan pie:
Heat oven to 400F.

In a very large bowl, mix:
8 large apples, peeled and cored, and cut into large (1/4" thick) pieces
(You might want to caramelize the apples slightly.)
1 tbs cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 cup pecan pieces. You can also use chopped walnuts.
Mix all ingredients until well coated.

Line a deep pie dish with one Pillsbury pie crust (if you make your own crust, Steve has the best crust recipe in his book Eat What You Want and Die Like a Man).

Pour the apples and pecans into the pie plate. Cut 1/4 lb (one bar) of refrigerated butter into chunks and dot the apples with the butter. Please use butter. Cover the apples with the other pie crust, seal the edges and perforate the top with a fork.

Bake at 400F for 45 minutes.

Serve warm with Vermont cheddar cheese, or with Edy's No Sugar Added vanilla ice cream. I prefer the cheddar.

Today as an experiment I mixed 1 package of Philadelphia cream cheese and two extra large eggs with 1/2 tsp of vanilla, and poured it on the bottom pie crust before adding the apples. While it tastes OK, it just doesn't "add" enough to make it worth it, but other family members liked it.

Note: While I add no sugar, if you use sweet apples the pie will be sweet. Bear that in mind if you must watch your blood sugars.
Additionally, this is not a low calorie dessert.

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6 Comments:

At 5:42 PM, Blogger Alabama said...

Oh yeah! Yummy! I'm coming over right now. ;-)

 
At 7:32 PM, Blogger Carol said...

Do you ever cook the apples a little before you put them in the pie? With the pies I make, if I don't cook them first, they're too crunchy in the pie. Maybe I just don't cook it long enough. The pie sounds delicious, and I will likely try it since RT has to watch his blood sugar. THANKS!

 
At 7:36 PM, Blogger Fausta said...

I prefer a crunchy apple texture, but if you like the apples mushier to contrrast with the pecans, I'd lightly sautee the apples in butter and throw in a little nutmeg while sauteeing, before moving them to the mixing bowl.

Sauteeing caramelizes them, so it'll taste sweeter.

 
At 11:46 PM, Blogger newton said...

Fausta,

I love to prepare apple and pumpkin pies from scratch, but the sugar-free stuff always seems to give me trouble. I prepared an apple pie last year with Splenda instead of sugar. More than half of it was left behind.

Of course, I do prepare flan. That always is the first thing to go! :)

 
At 11:50 PM, Blogger newton said...

BTW: great idea in sauteeing the apples!

 
At 7:07 AM, Blogger Fausta said...

I'd rather not add any sweetener than add Splenda. I hate the aftertaste, and also if I remember correctly, Splenda is 50% sucrose anyway.

I'm going to experiment making pumpkin pie with crushed pineapple or with cognac-soaked raisins. Will post the results if successful.

 

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