real raw kitchen: RECIPE: autumnal apple pie-lettes

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

RECIPE: autumnal apple pie-lettes

It's that time of year again. You know what I'm talking about. One whiff of cinnamon and all you can think of is the feel-good dishes that come with the change in weather. I love this time of year for many reasons and most of them are because of the weather ... but cinnamon does it to me, as well. 

Cinnamon and crisp air. What more could a girl ask for?

The other day I was sitting at home with nothing to do and all I could think about is how I wished I was back home smelling the smells of Fall (it's a little bit difficult to get that experience here in Miami, though I ain't complainin' about this "Fall" weather!). While I was sitting in a haze that had me halfway transported to another space and time and halfway had me staring at my kitchen, I came to focus on the glass container full of apples. A flicker of recognition shot across my brain and I immediately narrowed my eyes on the apples and brought my entire self back to the moment. Apples, I thought. DUH. Apples and cinnamon are such an obvious answer!

Autumnal Apple Pie-lettes
serves 2

Ingredients
For the base:
  • a recipe
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 medjool dates, soaked and seeded
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t each of sea salt, ginger,
  • nutmeg, allspice, clove
For the filling:
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 3-4 medjool dates, soaked and seeded
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t each of sea salt, ginger,
  • nutmeg, allspice, clove
Instructions
For the base:
  • Pulse the ingredients in a food processor or a mini chopper (like the one below) until chunky. 
  • Dump the contents into two small tart dishes and press until an even layer of crust is formed. Set aside.
For the filling:

  • Core your apples and then chop into tiny little pieces. Place in a bowl and set aside. 
  • Next, place the remaining ingredients, plus maybe 2 tablespoons of water, in a food processor or mini chopper (like the one below) and process until a paste is formed.
  • Dump the paste with the apples and mix until coated.
  • Spoon this mixture over the crust. 
  • Place in the fridge until you're ready to serve and then ENJOY!

Optional: serve with a scoop of banana ice cream!



I've mentioned it here before but I HAVE to mention this again ... this mini chopper is amazing. I bought it on a whim after months of fantasizing about a smaller food processor that was easier to use on very small batches of food. This little gadget is affordable, easy to use, easy to clean, and most importantly, it is easy to use for smaller dishes. I cannot recommend it enough!

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