Thursday, September 26, 2013

Grain-Free Cinnamon Apple Tart


So the kids are obsessed with picking apples from our the tree in our yard, as it hasn't produced this much fruit in years. They asked for pie and I set forth with the goal to make one as virtuous as possible.

Credit for this one goes to Elana Amsterdam, whose Cinnamon Apple Tart recipe calls for only 1 tbs. of raw honey for sweetness, and is mostly just ground pecans and apple.

Rather than use honey I actually sprinkled my apples with a mixture of stevia and cinnamon that I store in a glass jar for the kids (they like to sprinkle it on various and sundry things). Using the granular sweetener perhaps yielded a drier end result than if I'd used honey, but there were no complaints here. I'm sharing the recipe as Elana wrote it, however, with the honey.


Grain-Free Cinnamon Apple Tart
adapted from Elana's Pantry

crust:
1.5 cups raw pecans
1 egg
1 tbs. coconut flour
pinch of salt

Run pecans through a food processor until they form a coarse gravel. Add remaining ingredients and process again, until the mixture forms a ball.

Grease a 9-inch tart pan and press the mixture into the pan, fully covering the bottom and slightly up the sides. Set aside.

filling:
5 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 1/8 inch slices
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbs. raw honey
1 tbs. arrowroot powder
1 tbs. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350.

Toss apple slices in a large bowl with other ingredients. Spread out over unbaked pie in a circular pattern. Once you've placed down one layer, layer the remaining apples on top following the same pattern.

Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 10 minutes.

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