A Honey Of An Apple Pie
Here is my version of a true Sugar-FREE Apple Pie.
I love apples. They are a staple in our house. There are so many different varieties today it boggle the mind. Apples are a good source of vitamins and fiber and they also help with Acid Reflux. You won’t get the benefit of the pepsin that is in the apple that stops the acid reflux from apple sauce. You have to eat the whole apple raw. It is in the peel that this wonderful source is found.
Good apples for pie baking and other baking are the tart and juicy ones. Some apples you might want to try are: Granny Smith, Stayman, Swiss Gourmet, Jonathon and Romes. I mostly look on the labels above the apples to see what kind they are not the names of them.
I have read and tried many recipes that are or are supposed to be Sugar Free. Deserts are the ones that I am looking for in this and I like to play around with recipes to add my own touches to them. I have a few family members that like sweets too and baked goods and all that who are diabetics. My husband isn’t too fond of Apple Pies. He loves Cherry pies but we missed cherry picking this year for some reason. Now it is time for Apples and autumn recipes.
My first attempt at making little pies or tarts was a disaster to say the least. It called for me to cook the apples and other ingredients on the stove. Well I did and I even put it on low and they burnt up. Ah, I must confess though. I put them on and then left the stove for a few minutes to write what I was doing on Face Book. They still should not have burned that fast. The wildlife in our woods loved the treat. Then I did something that worked with the one home-made pie crust but did not with the top pie crust so the animals got that too. So much for trying a new recipe on the first try. Some accidents are delicious but not this one. LOL
The second time, I cheated and used a store bought already made pie crust. I didn’t cook the apples this time either. I looked at the ingredients that a normal apple pie recipe has in it and played with the ingredients. My husband and I both ate a piece and we didn’t taste a difference in it. It was sugar free but tasted just as good as a regular apple pie that used sugar. I also dice my apples instead of just the same old slicing them.
Here is how I made my Delicious Sugar Free Apple Pie:
Tart and Juicy apples is the kind that I used. Granny Smith’s are not available right now and I used what was available from my Farm Market. For a 9 inch pie you would need about 1 quarter bushel of apples, peeled and cored. Instead of sugar I used about 1 half cup of Honey. Don’t use store bought if you don’t have too. You know they have many flavors of honey at the Farmers Market. To the Cinnamon that was called for I also added about 1 tablespoon of Ginger. I could have doubled this as we did not taste it at all. It was easier to heat the honey in the microwave for about 20 seconds and then mixed the spices with that then try to do it cold. That was just something I found out and it was much easier. Before adding the honey/spice mixture to the apples I first sprinkled about 2 teaspoons of Corn Starch over the apples. Stir well making sure the apples are covered. Then pour the apples mixture into pie dough lined pie pan and dot with butter. Unroll the second pie crust and lay it over the apples. Crimp the edges and slice some holes in it to allow for steam to escape.
Next time I will use my home-made Dough instead of ready-made.
Bake for 45 minutes.
*Tip: Put your pies on a cookie sheet in the oven to catch the drips. You can also line the bottom of your stove with aluminum foil.