In honor of Pi day, which happened last Monday, I made little pies this week. (more commonly known as turnovers) I’ve never been a fan of pie, between my food allergy and being generally uninterested, I’ve avoided it. I missed out on lots of Pi days and thanksgiving treats, but I’ve always been fine with it. I was prepared to not make pie, until I found out my boyfriend loves pie. So this week, thanks to Pi day for inspiration, I made little pies for him. I will admit, they were quite tasty. So whether you are into pie or not, you should give these turnovers a try, they are definitely worth it.
Start by mixing the dry ingredients in a food processor.
Then measure out the coconut oil and place it in the freezer to harden.
Once the coconut oil has hardened, blitz into the dry ingredients. When done, the texture should resemble sand with a few bigger pieces. This will help to give a really flaky crust.
The other thing you need for a nice flaky crust, is ice cold water.
Slowly add the water, tablespoon by tablespoon.
The dough is ready when you can press it together into a ball. Do not over mix the dough.
Next make the filling, I choose apple but you easily make a berry filling.
Peel and finely chop the apples, the smaller the better. The vegan dough can be quite fragile and big apple pieces tend to poke through. I learned this while trying to assembling them.
With the apples chopped, add in the spices, arrowroot powder, and sugar.
Roll out the dough, making sure that it doesn’t stick to board and cut out circles. My circle cutter set only goes to 3 1/2 inches, so I ended up rolling them out more. This actually worked out better, because I was able to get the dough thinner without it tearing.
Scoop some filling into the middle of half the circle/oval. Then wet the edges with a little water to help the dough stick together. You can either press the edges down with your fingers and leave it, or crimp the edges with a fork.
Lay the turnovers on a greased baking tray and bake at 400F for 25-30min.(I sprayed mine with coconut oil to help them brown a little more, if you are not vegan, you could egg wash them.)
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 1/2 fine grain sea salt
- 6-8 tbsp ice cold water
- Apple Filling
- 3 apples
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- Preheat oven to 400F and grease baking pans.
- Mix the dry ingredients for the crust in a food processor. Place the coconut oil in the freezer and allow to harden for a few minutes. Add the coconut oil to the food processor and pulse until it resembles sand with a few larger pieces.
- Peel and chop the apples. Mix the rest of the ingredients for the filling with the apples. Set aside.
- Roll out the crust on a floured surface to around 1/4″. Then cut out circles and roll them out a little bit more.
- To assemble, place a spoonful of filling in the middle of half the crust. Moisten the edges with a little bit of water. Then press the edges together to seal and crimp with a fork.
- Place the turnovers in the oven for 25-30min until they are golden brown. (this varies from oven to oven, so remember to keep an eye on them) Allow to cool and store in a container. Enjoy!