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Sweet Potato Pie, Version 2, Other Baked Goods, and Reflection

A fully cooked sweet potato pie!

For once I didn’t eat plain leftover roasted sweet potatoes. Instead, I baked with them and made a sweet potato pie.  I’m not Southern, so I made a maple-sweetened pumpkin pie with sweet potatoes instead of pumpkin and 1/4 cup of maple syrup instead of organic sugar.  Besides being out of organic sugar and coconut sugar, I’m running low on “white” flours; I used half buckwheat flour in the crust recipe from this pecan pie post.

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Two Tarts: Mini Apple and Honeybush

Two tarts, one easier to make than the other. I made mini apple pie tarts week before last on request.  The crust was the double crust recipe from Vegan Pie in the Sky and the filling was a stovetop version of my roasted apple pie filling.

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Berry Tarts with Almond Crust

Every vegan and their mom has a recipe for a berry tart. Because vegan desserts have to be fruit and plant-based, right? Nope. By the way, I learned about this crust recipe from my mother, so there. She made it in December 2012 for a holiday desserts presentation I did for Lawrence Library.

My mom made the same crust again as berry mini-pies in for Fourth of July in 2013. These are my fresh berry tarts.

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Roasted Apple Pie

Pie.  I got nothin’ for ya.  I tried a new crust, which gave me some problems.  It’s the same crust recipe as for my pecan pie and pumpkin pie, but I tried messing with the flours.  Bad idea.  The crust, when I worked with it, felt dry, crumbled in my hands, and was generally weak.

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Blueberry Pie

Then for dessert on that epic Saturday (actually, Sunday won the title of epic day of that weekend, but that’s another story), I made a blueberry pie. My aunt asked me if I could make a vegan, gluten-free blueberry pie since blueberries were on sale, and I said, “Sure!  I can figure it out.”

Yarrr, blueberry hands!

Blueberry Pie

Makes 1 nine-inch diameter, two-crust pie

A mash-up of recipes from Allergy-Free Desserts, page 144, by Elizabeth Gordon and Flying Apron’s Gluten-Free & Vegan Baking Book, pages 62-63, by Jennifer Katzinger.

(Make two quantities of the crust; the measurements below produce one crust, and doubling the measurements could wreak havoc on the flour ratios.  Trust me, collapse happened when I tried to up-size a GF cake.)

1 cup Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flour blend
1 cup brown rice flour
½ teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon xanthan gum

5 tablespoons shortening, chilled
1 ½ tablespoons vegan margarine, chilled
7-9 tablespoons ice water

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  With a pastry cutter, two butter knives held in one hand, or a large fork, cut the shortening and margarine into the flour until the mixture resembles pea-sized crumbs.  Cut in the water a tablespoon at a time until the dough sticks together and can be formed into a ball.  Ball it up, place it on plastic wrap, flatten it to a disc, wrap it, and chill it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.  Repeat for another round of crust.

While those are chilling, mix the filling.

5 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and de-stemmed
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lemon
2/3-3/4 cup organic sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
¾ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until the blueberries are well-coated.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and move one of the racks to the lowest level.  Cover a baking sheet in foil and grease a 9-inch round glass pie plate.

On a clean section of counter space, put down a sheet of waxed paper and sprinkle about a tablespoon of rice flour on top.  Remove one crust from the fridge and place it on this prepared surface.  Sprinkle a little more rice flour on top of the crust.  Place another piece of waxed paper over the crust and roll it out between the sheets of waxed paper.  Roll the crust to about ¼-inch thick (or however big it needs to be in order to line the bottom and sides of the pie plate).  Transfer to the plate and fit it into the curves of the plate.  Patch up any cracks with overhanging pieces of crust.  Roll out the other crust in the same manner.

Pour the blueberries into the crust and top with the second crust.  Crimp together the edges of the crusts by pinching them between thumb and first two fingers.  Slash some vents in the top crust to let the steam escape (simple lines or complicated designs are fine).

Place the pie on the baking sheet and place the whole assembly into the lower rack of the oven.  Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for thirty minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and bake for 35 minutes or until the top crust is browned.  The juices will run over.  This is OK.  All will still be wonderful.  If the crust browns too quickly (id est, before you have to turn the oven down), tent the pie with foil (take a big piece of foil, pinch it into a peak, and pitch it over the pie).  I did not have to tent, but the oven I was using is nice and accurate.

Aw yeah.

Bonus piecrust cookies from extra crust: roll out any extra huge bits of crust, cover with cinnamon sugar, roll up, and bake on a piece of foil along with the pie.  They will be done in about 20 minutes, but keep an eye on ‘em.

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