Easier than Pie

On Friday evening I tried to make a crisp for Sabbath lunch. After mixing everything up nicely and putting it in the oven, I went out to hose down (and wipe down) the car. Upon returning with the mats, what did my little nose detect? The smell of char. Oh no! Yes, the crisp topping was black, but most of the apple filling was OK.

I scooped out most of the black burned topping, and then dumped in more oats and apple juice and put it back in the oven. The results? It was kind of like an apple pie. It was delicious (except for the smoke flavor that went through as it sat in the fridge overnight, if it hadn’t gone through already). Why, I’d actually like to make that again, but this next time without the burn and the crisp topping.

So here’s how you can make a wheat-free pie-like dish that’s not a true pie, but is easier to make than pie. I used apples, but you can use other fruits and can even go without the cardamom and ginger, and you can use other juices, too.  Here’s what I used for the filling:

  • 3-4 (I think 4) apples, peeled and sliced (if you use other fruit, you might like at least 3 cups of fruit)
  • apple juice concentrate (I think almost 3/4 of the carton of frozen apple juice concentrate) If you’re not sure how much to use, try starting with 1 cup and add more if it is too dry. You can use other juice, too
  • ground cardamom (at least 1/2-1 tsp
  • a pinch or two of ground ginger
  • about 1 cup of rolled oats

You  may add a pinch or two of salt, too, if desired.  You could also add a pinch or two of salt and/or a tablespoon of coconut oil to the oats, if desired, and mix it up before adding it to the pie. 

Other fruit I might recommend is blueberries, strawberries, and/or pineapple. You could use grape juice or apple juice for the blueberries. I’m not sure what you’ll find for the strawberries, maybe strawberry juice? Apple juice might work for that, too. For pineapple, I’d recommend pineapple juice, and maybe you’d like to throw in a bit of coconut.

I didn’t measure the oats, but just dumped them in. 1 cup should be enough, but you may add more, if desired.

Mix it all together and add it to a greased pan (recommended: grease with coconut oil), and bake it at 400-425 degrees Fahrenheit for 20  minutes. Then let cool and chill in the fridge for several hours or overnight. Serve cold. If desired, you could eat it fresh from the oven, or warm it up before serving.

Of course, for mine the apples baked for about 45-50 minutes or so before they were discovered. You might want to pre-bake your apples in about 1/2 the juice for softer apples and then add the oats and cook another 20 minutes. If I make this again (but deliberately), I’ll try to post a more accurate recipe.


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