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Nutty Crusted Apple Pie

apple pie Now the nights draw in much quicker, nothing says cosy warming food like a Nutty-Crusted Apple Pie. The combination of caramelized apples and crunchy nuts means this staple winter pudding can be eaten by all dosha types. Apples give a cooling energy which balances the hot-headed Pittas whilst the warming spices counteract cold Vatas and the crispy nuts offer a balancing texture to the lethargic Kaphas. You don't need a commercial kitchen installation in your home to whip it up. Simple to make and delicious to eat, follow this simple recipe for a warming winter dessert. Serves: 8-10

Ingredients for the Pie Crust:

250g pecans 10 Medjool pitted dates 1 tablespoon Ghee Large pinch of ground cinnamon Pinch of ground nutmeg Pinch of salt

Ingredients for the Pie Filling:

2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon maple syrup 5 apples, cored and sliced 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon Ghee ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg Honey for serving

Method for the Crust:

  • Toast the pecans in a sauté pan over medium-high heat until they begin to brown. Stir in the Ghee.
  • Put the dates, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a blender and pulse to combine.
  • Add the pecans to the blender and pulse enough to break up the pecans and be careful not to make pecan butter.
  • Transfer the mixture to a 9-inch pan and press the crust evenly across the bottom and up along the sides of the pan.
  • Bake for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Method for the Filling:

  • Whisk the lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla extract, ghee and spices together in a large bowl.
  • Add the apple slices to the bowl and toss gently.
  • Starting with one apple slice at the centre of the piecrust, arrange the slices in a tight spiral to create a rose petal pattern. Layer the apple slices until the entire pie is covered, and then sprinkle the remaining juice from the bowl over the top.
  • Cover the pie with foil and bake for about 30 minutes or until the apples are soft. Let cool for 5 minutes and then flip the pie onto a serving plate.
  • Drizzle the pie in honey.