I’ve been experimenting with eating mostly cooked food lately to see how my digestion goes with that, and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time: Autumn. I keep calling it Fall even though I’m Australian. Damn American TV.
Annnyway, since I have an obsession with eating lots of fruit, eating mostly cooked food presented a challenge. Give up fruit? I’d rather die. I’ve never been much of a fan of cooked fruit, but clearly I’d never tried it before because it is AWESOME!
PS. my digestion is way better with cooked food. More on that another time. Today, let’s talk pie. Apple pie.
Most recipes call for you to peel the apples, but I don’t for five main reasons:
- I’m lazy, and who can be bothered.
- Many of the nutrients of fruits + veggies is either in the skin or just below the skin, so I never peel them.
- It tastes just as good anyway.
- What a waste of time.
- I really just can’t be bothered.
I was trying to think of what would be a good crust. I’m still not eating nuts yet, so a fancy gluten-free crust was out the question. Which suits me fine, because these days I’m into simple simple simple. And if it can be done with veggies, why not!
I’ll probably keep playing with a crust recipe. Maybe something with carrot juice pulp or grated sweet potato? But for now, sweet potato slices do the trick.
- 2 - 3 medium sweet potatoes
- 5 red or green apples, chopped, plus one for decorating
- 3 - 4 Tbsp fat - coconut oil, ghee, butter or tallow
- 2 Tbsp sucanat or other healthier sugar
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- handful of raisins
- Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F. While thats heating, prep two large baking trays with parchment paper. Slice the sweet potatoes thin and lay them flat on the tray, brushing them with some of the fat. Pop them in the oven for about 5 - 8 minutes, flip them and cook the other side for about 5 minutes. You don’t want them fully cooked, just started.
- Meanwhile, put a large stainless steel saucepan on high heat with about 2 Tbsp fat. Start chopping the apples and removing the core, and add to the pan when it gets hot.
- Cook the apples for about 8 minutes until golden and add the sucanat. Allow that to caramelise the apples as you continue cooking. After another 5 minutes, add in the honey and cinnamon and stir to combine. Remove from heat and add raisins.
- In a pie dish, start laying the sweet potato slices of the bottom and edges to form a crust.
- Pour the apple mix over the sweet potato crust, pressing the mix down into the pan. Lay the remaining sweet potato slices on top to form a crust.
- Slice an apple and arrange on top, drizzle some honey or sugar and a little cinnamon over the top.
- Place in oven and bake for another 12 - 15 minutes.