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Food Pick with Alfredo – Apple Pie with Coconut Ice Cream
2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 cup of plain flour
½ cup of olive oil
½ cup of water (or a bit more, if needed)
1 flat teaspoon of sea salt (grounded fine)
6 green apples – cored, peeled, and sliced
½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
½ teaspoon of nutmeg
1 cup of mixed nuts (chopped up fine)
¾ of a glass of water
½ cup of sultanas, or raisins
4 tablespoons of demerara sugar
A few drops of olive oil
In a stainless steel bowl, place 2 cups (or 500 gm) of plain wheat-flour with 1 cup (or 250 gm) of plain white flour. Add ½ cup of light olive oil and the teaspoon of sea salt and work with your fingers to mix the flours well with the olive oil. When it is all thoroughly mixed together as soft crumbs of oily flour, pour the1/2 cup water into the mixture slowly till you get nice dough. Work the dough into a nice dough ball and put aside.
Next, peel, core, and slice 6 nice green apples and cook them in a pot with a small amount of water, just to cover the bottom of the pot. Add the nuts, the cinnamon, the nutmeg, sultanas and sugar, and let it cook on slow fire, covering with a lid. Cook till apples are tender and start to break up.
With a rolling pin, flatten the dough till you have a very thin sheet of dough. Cover with the thin dough the inside of a baking dish and cut off the excess with a knife. Place the apple mixture and cover with another sheet of dough as shown in the picture below. With a fork, prick the top to create small holes for air venting. Brush some soy milk on the cake and bake in the oven for about 45 to 55 minutes at moderate heat.
Serve with vegan ice cream that you can buy from some supermarkets or health food stores. Alternatively you could make your own ice cream using coconut milk. For instruction on how to make coconut ice cream go to the following link: http://food52.com/blog/9727-how-to-make-dairy-free-vegan-coconut-ice-cream
*1 cup = 250 ml
About the Author
As a sufferer with Bipolar 2 disorder, Alfredo Zotti decided, some 20 years ago, to attend university at the age of 30, knowing that knowledge is vital for people with mental illness. Ten years ago, he started to help sufferers online because he also realized that only by helping others can we truly understand the human condition. He also started to write a journal and found that writing this journal, in cooperation with other sufferers, made it possible for him to see mental illness from a totally different, positive perspective. Visit his blog http://www.alfredozotti.com/ to read his work.