Vegan Irish apple pies with spelt & EVOO crust
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Cuisine: Mediterranean Diet
Serves: 4 Small pies
For the apple pie filling:
  • 4 Organic apples, cored, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • The juice of 1 lemon freshly squeezed
  • 1 Teaspoon organic cinnamon powder
For the pie crust:
  • 300g (2 ½ cups) Wholemeal spelt flour
  • 75ml (2.7 fl oz) Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 150ml (5.4 fl oz) Warm water
  • 1 Teaspoon yeast powder
For the apple pie filling:
  1. Have the ingredients prepared as indicated in the ingredients description.
  2. Mix the small pieces of apple, the lemon juice and the cinnamon powder in one bowl and set aside while preparing the crust.
For the pie crust:
  1. In a big bowl combine the flour and the yeast powder. Make a well in the middle and pour into it the olive oil and the warm water. With a silicon spatula bring the flour in from the sides and mix it well with the liquid. Keep mixing until it all starts to come together, and then keep on mixing with your clean hands and knead it until you have a smooth, not sticky, dough.
  2. Cover the bowl with a cloth and place in a warm place of the house for at least half an hour until the dough has doubled its volume.
  3. Remove the dough from the bowl and place it in a clean flour-dusted surface. Knead it a bit with your hands and, with the help of a rolling pin (lightly dusted in flour), extend it gradually flattening it out. Divide the flattened dough in 8 equal round portions (that fit the baking dishes).
For the final preparation
  1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F).
  2. Lightly grease 4 individual baking dishes or ramekins with olive oil and line each of them with a portion of the flattened dough.
  3. Pat the apples dry of any excess of the lemon juice. Divide in 4 portions and pile each of the portions high into the dough-lined dishes.
  4. Brush a little water around the dough rims and lay the dough lids over the apples of each of the individual baking dishes, pressing the edges together to seal. Trim the edge with a sharp knife and cut slashes so that steam can escape.
  5. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 20 min at 175 degrees C (350 degrees F) until golden and the juice begins to bubble through the slashes in the crust. Serve warm.
The Irish apples I used are quite sweet and I did not have to add any sugar. If you have a sweet tooth, or if the apple variety you use is not sweet enough, you could add to the apple pie filling some honey or for a vegan option some natural organic maple or agave syrup.
Recipe by Tasty Mediterraneo at