Healthier Apple Pear Blueberry Pie

This season brings cravings for pie! I had a lot of fruit leftover from my juice fast(that was cut short)- so what else would you do with about 12 apples and pears?! A pie! Yes, and I also had some blueberries I had purchased for oatmeal in the mornings, I thought that would really bring even more interest to the taste of this pie.

Since we are all watching what we eat this time of year (I am) I also thought I would hunt for a better, healthier pie crust, possibly one with little to no butter or lard. I know many of you might be wondering- is that possible? It is, recipe below:

I found this in EatingWell Magazine, it tastes great, has some crunch and I noticed no difference at all to a regular butter filled pie crust which usually leaves you feeling full and kind of icky afterwards.

Eating Well Pie Pastry

About 14 ounces dough, enough for one 9- to 11-inch pie or tart.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter, (1/2 stick), cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup ice water, plus more as needed
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, or white vinegar
  • (Wrap in plastic wrap and chill if needed for approx 30 minutes)

Preparation

  1. (**personal note: I just throw it all in a food processor-done in 30 seconds).Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few larger pieces. Add oil and stir with a fork to blend. Mix 1/4 cup water, egg yolk and lemon juice (or vinegar) in a measuring cup. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add enough of the egg yolk mixture, stirring with a fork, until the dough clumps together. (Add a little water if the dough seems too dry.) Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead several times. Form the dough into a ball, then flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

As far as the pie, I thought I would go healthier also, I really don’t like things that are way too sweet! There is no need for all that sugar. After all-this is fruit! It’s already naturally sweetened, you will also learn just how much if you do a juice fast. Just juicing an apple and pear will make your face quench just from how sweet and sugary it tastes.

Kat’s Healthy Apple Pear blueberry Pie

  • I used 4 green apples & 2 red ones (what I had)
  • 3 green pears
  • 1 small pkg of blueberries
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 c brown sugar (I don’t use white sugar, the usual recipes for pies call for anywhere from 1/2 c sugar to 1 c sugar and upwards. I knew this was already going to be sweet, I wonder if it needed sugar at all)
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t kosher salt
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 4-6 T butter, (most recipes for pies call for anywhere from 1/4 c unsalted butter(1/2 stick) all the way to 2 sticks of butter- again, I don’t think that much is needed
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 1 large egg, beaten

1- Slice up apples and pears very thinly (they will cook faster and be soft), pour in blueberries into a large bowl. Next, pour over juice of 1 lemon and mix throughly with a rubber scraper.

2- Add in spices, sugar, salt and vanilla. Melt butter in microwave and pour over mixture. Beat egg and pour in. Measure 1/4 flour (mixture of white and wheat flour) and pour in, stir again with a rubber scraper until all is incorporated.

3- Take out chilled pastry from the refrigerator. Roll out and form a crust in a pie pan. Next pour entire pie mixture into pie bowl. Spread out evenly. Bake immediately at 425 degrees for approximately 30-45 minutes. Watch the top, because fruit will carmelize and begin to darken. If this happens, loosely cover pie with a piece of foil until it is done.

4- Completely cool pie and refrigerate. Pies need to set up so they won’t fall apart. (*Note: I couldn’t wait- I cooled it in the sink with ice and cold water and cut a piece that fell apart and ate it with gusto- and some ice cream!) (** Only 1/3 c of sugar was added, and to me the pie was still a tad too sweet. I really want to do it again with zero sugar to see how it turns out, I have a feeling it would be great. So take that into condsideration when you make this!)

 

YUM!

 

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About inpursuitofrealfood

I am a real health conscious food lover always in pursuit of real, great food! My journey began way back around 2000 when I realized it was time to grow up and eat better. Fast food was not cutting it and staples I grew up on such as burgers and spagetti were getting old. I also began trying a new diet experimenting with what I ate and how I felt as far as energy levels and keeping my skin clear. Since then it has been a rewarding journey in the kitchen trying new fruits and vegetables and tons of fantastic new recipes.
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4 Responses to Healthier Apple Pear Blueberry Pie

  1. intomind says:

    ah that looks so yummy!

  2. simplydelish says:

    Wow, love the combo of all those fruits!

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