Put Some Savory in Your Apple Pie (and Your Whipped Cream)

November 20, 2014

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Today: Jodi Moreno of What's Cooking Good Looking shares one of her favorite autumn pies.

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Pie is my favorite dessert of all time -- I love to make it just as much as I love to eat it. I usually try to stay away from things like butter and gluten in my kitchen, but when it comes to pie crust, I let it slide. Because I really do love a traditional butter crust.

More: This cranberry pie also pulls the savory sage card.

I have made this same crust using vegan butter and regular butter, so I gave the option here, since it works out the same. It really just depends on your tastes and preferences. I am a big fan of adding savory herbs to sweet baked dishes. This time of year, sage really brings out the fall-ness of a dish, but you could also experiment with other herbs such as thyme or rosemary.

Apple, Pear, and Sage Pie with Maple Walnut Crunch and Salted Honey Yogurt

Makes one 9-inch pie

Pie Crust:

1 1/2 cups of white flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 stick (8 tablespoons) regular unsalted or vegan butter
2 tablespoons ice-cold vodka (optional, but highly recommended)
Ice water

Apple, Pear, and Sage Filling:

4 apples, peeled, cored, and diced
4 pears, peeled, cored, and diced
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 cup coconut palm sugar 
2 tablespoons of arrowroot (or cornstarch)
8 sage leaves, minced

Maple Walnut Crunch Topping:

1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 cup rolled oats  
1/2 cup maple syrup
Pinch of salt

Salted Honey Yogurt:

1 cup plain Greek yogurt 
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon of salt

See the full recipe (and print and save it) here.

Photo by Jodi Moreno

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Jodi Moreno is a Natural Foods Chef, Photographer, and creator of the blog What’s Cooking Good Looking where she shares her healthy, clean, seasonal recipes and photographs. She’s passionate about showing people that vegetables can play a main role on the plate.