Rustic Apple Crostata

If you have never made a pie before, this is a great place to start.  While a standard 2 crust pie can be difficult, this fuss-less version is easy to create and there are no mistakes!  Whatever cracks, bumps or defects appear on your crust simply add to the rustic, homey nature.

For a delicious vegan version, use the ingredients in brackets.  Serve your final product with whipped coconut cream, whipped cream sweetened with maple syrup, this caramel sauce, or a scoop of vegan or not vanilla ice-cream.

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Crust:

– 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (preferably organic)

– 3 Tablespoons coconut sugar

– 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

– 2 teaspoons cinnamon

– 2/3 cup butter (or coconut oil), cut into 1 inch dice

– 3 Tablespoons milk (or almond milk)

Place ingredients in food processor and pulse until dough begins to come together into a ball.  If you are making the crust by hand, mix the 1st 4 ingredients, cut the butter or coconut oil into the dough with 2 forks, and add the milk to combine. Once dough begins to stick together, remove from bowl and place on a piece of plastic wrap.  Wrap in plastic and place in the fridge for at least one hour (can be left overnight), or in the freezer for 1/2 hour and then the fridge for 1/2 hour.

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– 3 apples of choice (I like to use 3 different varieties)

– 1/4 cup coconut sugar

– 1 Tablespoon cinnamon

– 1 teaspoon dried ginger (optional)

– a pinch of cloves (optional)

– 1 teaspoon dried cardamom (optional)

Slice your apples into bite sized chunks or slices (remember there are no mistakes!) Mix the rest of the ingredients into your apples and let stand as you pre-heat your oven. Preheat your oven to 400•. Take your chilled dough and roll into a 10-12 inch circle.  Transfer to your baking sheet.  I love cast iron <3.  Pile your apple filling into the middle, leaving a 2-inch border around the edges.  Pull the edges over themselves, to seal in the filling (see pictures).  Bake the crostata for 40 minutes until the crust is golden and the apples are tender.  Remove from pan and allow to cool slightly to ensure the apples hold their shape when sliced.  Slice. Enjoy ❤ ❤

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