Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Hubby’s favourite dessert is apple pie so for his birthday I made an everything free apple pie, custard and ice cream. (Sorry to the Failsafe people it is moderate to high Sals).
It was categorised as a baking fail as the pastry was too crumbly and hard. I just used an old fashioned short crust pastry from my ancient cookbook. It really needs gluten to hold it together I think so you could play with Xantham or Guar Gum to replace it. I tend not to use these too much as they don’t sit well with me. Please feel free to comment if you have any tips to improve this.
I think I used nearly 2kg of apples as my pie dish is pretty huge. I first did 1kg but it was nowhere near enough. As with all my recipes they are not perfect and sometimes need a bit of a play.

Apple Pie

  • 1.5-2kg Apples stewed in a little filtered water with 1t cinnamon (omit cinnamon to reduce Sals but keep it in if you can). I have included a step by step pic for making the pastry from my cookbook if it helps.

Double quantity of short crust pastry

  • 4c GF SR Flour
  • 250g Nuttlex (ghee, butter if not DF)
  • 4T Cold water
  • Pinch salt
  1. Sift flour and salt into a BIG bowl. Cut the nuttlex in cubes and rub them into the flour.Method
  2. Add the water a bit at a time and mix through with a butter knife. (I actually used the water from the apples so this could have been some of the problem). It should be just wet enough to pull it together into a dough.
  3. Lightly kneed the dough on a floured board. The trick with pastry is to not play with it too much.
  4. Divide the dough in two – one for the base and a one for the lid
  5. Roll out the dough using firm quick strokes. As it is GF it will be really crumbly so take care!
  6. I roll the dough out on baking paper dusted with a bit of flour. This makes it easier to flip the dough into the pie dish.
  7. Place the base in the pie dish. Add stewed apples and put on the lid.
  8. Using a fork (or just your fingers) press the edges of the lid into the base. It doesn’t work as well with GF pastry as with normal wheat based pastry so just do your best.
  9. Brush the top of the pie with a bit of egg in milk (rice, almond, whatever you drink). If you can’t have egg just use the milk.
  10. Bake in a moderate oven for 20-30 mins.

Serve with Orgran custard and dairy free ice cream.

Apple Pie, Custard, Ice CreamOrgran Custard

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An Article on Oxalates 

Hello again! It’s been a little while since my last post and even longer since a blog entry but that’s what back to work and school will do to you! I have so many posts and recipes sitting in my head waiting to get out but in the half hour a day I get to myself between when the girls go to bed and I fall asleep on the couch I’ve been having to do our budget so that we may actually buy a house (freaking me out!!!).
Here is an article on oxalates to keep you going. I’ve been avoiding researching oxalates because I just don’t have the space in my brain to take anything more in. I’ve had a feeling this may be a missing link for me as the foods listed as high oxalate are generally the salicylates that have been puzzling me. It’s weird as I can tolerate some pretty high salicylates but lower ones such as sweet potato gives me grief where pumpkin does not. Three leaves of baby spinach gave me a massive reaction where I can eat a few kale chips with no problems.

There are not a lot of the major symptoms mentioned in this article that I experience regularly but I have read in other forums and articles oxalates relationship with food intolerances and histamine issues. I just can’t remember exactly what they are at the moment. So if anyone wants to chime in please feel free!

I am still working this through in my brain but that half hour a day goes pretty quickly when it’s got to compete with budgets, menu planning, trying to find school lunches my kids will actually eat, Facebook, house hunting, and forget the me time of doing my photography course or colouring for mindfulness! My mind is full!!!

Rant over. Anyway here is the article. I quite like this one as it differentiates between actual research and anecdotal theories. I like the advice at the end that this is just an issue for us oddballs who are experiencing problems. It’s not the latest diet craze for those annoyingly healthy people who don’t have to think this much about everything!

Oxalate Good or Bad