These vegan apple pies are delicious. Moreover, they are easy to make and perfect for this fall weather. The filling is easily customisable, so you can make them exactly to your liking.
Let’s go through the steps what you need in order to make them.
What do you need to know about the dough for apple pies
We need to start with the dough. I used traditional yeasted dough like we always do in Russia. But if you want a speedy version, I have here a recipe for the yeast-free dough. I like both of these recipes, and I think they are both really simple. Without a doubt, if you want to try a more traditional recipe, go with the yeasted dough, but if you are short on time, this recipe will be perfect for you.
As I mentioned earlier, with yeasted dough, we need to allow some time for the dough to rise. But apart from that, the whole process is straightforward. All we need to do is mix all the ingredients for the dough together and knead it for a couple of minutes. After that is done, I usually transfer it to the glass bowl to see the progress and cover it with a clean tea towel. Any bowl will work here, but I just find the process of the dough rising quite magical in a way, so I like to keep an eye and observe it.
Worth mentioning that how fast the dough will rise will depend on the temperature in your apartment. To speed up the process, you can place it in your oven with the lights on. This simple trick usually generates enough heat. Because of it, the dough for vegan apple pies will be ready within 1,5 hours. On another hand, if you want to make the dough the night ahead and bake your vegan apple pies in the morning, you can place the dough in the fridge. Low temperature will slow down the rising process but won’t stop it. Therefore in the morning all, you need to do is to take the dough from the fridge and let it come to room temperature. Then you are ready to bake!
Filling for vegan apple pies
Let’s get over our options for the filling.
- Keep it classic with an apples and cinnamon combination
- Add walnuts for a crunch
- Mix up apples with pears to bring another texture
- Instead of (or together with) sweetener, use raisins or chopped up dates
- Spice things up with cloves or cardamon
- Keep apple flavour pure by not using any spice at all
- Choose your favourite sweetener(honey, agave, maple syrup or regular/coconut sugar) or keep vegan apple pies sugar-free by using stevia
In my version here, I filled my vegan apple pies with stewed cinnamon apples. I prefer to cook the filling slightly as I think it developed a more complex flavour this way. My sweetener of choice here is coconut nectar. But in the past, I used maple and agave syrup, and I’m happy to report that any of them work.
Vegan Apple Pies/Russian easy to make version
- 400 gr of flour
- 250 gr warm water
- 3 tbsp of oil
- dry yeast 7 gr
- 1 tbsp of sugar or sweetener of your choice
- 1 tsp of salt
- 5 medium sweet apples
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 2 heaped tbsps of coconut nectar
- Firstly mix the yeast with 3 tablespoons of warm water, tbsp of flour and sugar and let it rest for 15 minutes to create a starter
- Add the rest of the ingredients for the dough in a bowl and start kneading the dough.
- When the starter is ready, add it to the dough and continue kneading it for few more minutes till you get smooth elastic consistency
- Depending on your flour, you may need to add a little more, but don’t add too much. Start with extra 1-2b tbsps at the time.
- Let the dough rest in a warm spot until it until doubled in size(usually takes a couple of hours)
- You can make the dough the night ahead and refrigerate it. In the morning, just remove it from the fridge and let it rest outside of the fridge for 1 hour(again it, should be doubled in size)
- Simply cut 5 medium sweet apples
- Add heaped spoonful of liquid sweetener of your choice and dash of cinnamon
- Sauté on the medium low heat for 10-15 minutes or until caramelised
- Let it cool slightly
- Roll the dough into circles
- Add spoonful of filling into a middle of each circle and pinch together the edges
- Bake in preheated to 180 degrees oven for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown