Desserts

Vegan πουτίγκα μήλου με ψωμί, σταφίδες και κανέλα - Vegan, fat-free apple-pie bread pudding with cinnamon and raisins - Vegan in Athens

Vegan and fat-free apple-pie bread pudding

If there would be only one vegan recipe for autumn, this would definitely be a vegan apple pie. Any vegan apple pie, raw vegan or baked works! In fact, if I think of the first three images that come to my mind when I hear the word “autumn”, I will definitely end up with the brown leaves above and below the trees, the smell of the earth after the first rain – I know, this is not a visual image but a whole experience- and the image of a freshly baked, crusty apple pie just as it comes out of the oven.

Vegan πουτίγκα μήλου με ψωμί, σταφίδες και κανέλα - Vegan apple-pie bread pudding with cinnamon and raisins - Vegan in Athens

Since the beginning of October, we have made several vegan apple pies as well as other apple – based desserts such as my crispy cereal bars. However, the one dessert that we enjoy more often is a vegan, oil-free apple and bread pudding which is also one of the easiest, quickest and healthiest desserts I can think of. The ingredients to make it are really simple and cheap: apples, stale bread, a plant-based milk of choice and maybe some brown sugar or any other sweetener we like.

Vegan πουτίγκα μήλου με ψωμί, σταφίδες και κανέλα - Vegan apple-pie bread pudding with cinnamon and raisins - Vegan in Athens

In this simple but special apple pie pudding I appreciate that it takes minimal effort to prepare, it makes good use of simple ingredients we all have at home and it has a fantastic apple – bread – cinnamon taste and fragrance which is reminiscent of autumn, holidays, Christmas, warm clothes, carpets, afternoons drinking coffee with friends. Usually I like to garnish it as soon as it comes out of the oven with a simple vanilla flavored cream and of course I let it rest for at least half an hour before serving it.

Vegan πουτίγκα μήλου με ψωμί, σταφίδες και κανέλα - Vegan apple-pie bread pudding with cinnamon and raisins - Vegan in Athens

Ingredients

1st mixture

  • 1 medium bread loaf – white or whole wheat – (weighing about 300 grams)
  • 2 medium apples peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup blond raisins
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

2nd mixture

  • 240 ml plant-based milk without sugar or sweeteners (soy milk works very well)
  • 240 g unsweetened apple sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour flour
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp (85 g) of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cognac or orange juice

for the vegan vanilla custard cream

  • 1 3/4 plant-based milk, divided
  • 3 tbsp heaped brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp corn starch or rice starch
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract or vanillin

Vegan πουτίγκα μήλου με ψωμί, σταφίδες και κανέλα - Vegan apple-pie bread pudding with cinnamon and raisins - Vegan in Athens

Method

1. Cut the bread into slices, two centimeters thick and then cut each slice into cubes.
2. Put the bread, apple, cinnamon and cloves in a large bowl and mix with a spoon.
3. In another bowl, mix the vegan milk with the apple puree, cognac, sugar and flour until a homogeneous mixture is formed. Pour in the bread mixture and mix well.
4. Line a 25×16 cm baking pan with a non-stick baking paper and transfer the apple pudding mixture with a spoon, taking care not to leave any gaps. Gently press the surface to flatten.
5. Bake in a preheated oven at 175 oC for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.
6. In the meantime, prepare the custard cream. Keep 1/2 cup of milk and pour the rest in a saucepan along with the sugar and bring to a boil. In the remaining milk, dissolve the starch and the vanilla. Then pour the starch mixture into the boiling milk and mix with a wooden spoon for 5-10 minutes until creamy. Transfer it to a glass or metal bowl and cover its surface with a clear film to prevent crust formation.
7. When the apple pudding comes out of the oven, pour over it half of the cream and let cool for at least half an hour. Serve hot with an extra spoonful of cream.

Vegan πουτίγκα μήλου με ψωμί, σταφίδες και κανέλα - Vegan apple-pie bread pudding with cinnamon and raisins - Vegan in Athens

Note: In this recipe I use rustic bread and in its most rustic form, that is to say, with the core, first of all because we do not buy packed bread. Many of the packed toast breads contain animal-derived ingredients, preservatives, hydrogenated fats and sugar. So we prefer to consume bread from local bakeries or homemade and with whole wheat flour. Rustic bread gives a nice, chewy texture to the pudding.
To make homemade apple sauce find instructions here.

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Τραγανά, βέγκαν μπισκότα σοκολάτας με σταγόνες σοκολάτας, αλεύρι ολικής και ελαιόλαδο - Crunchy vegan double chocolate cookies with whole wheat flour and olive oil - Vegan in Athens

Crispy, vegan double chocolate cookies with whole wheat flour and olive oil

Among the most relaxing things one can do, especially after a busy day, is to bake some vegan cookies (especially some vegan chocolate chip cookies)! I’m not sure I know why, though I could guess that their smell during baking is the most cozy air freshner I could think of, or that the joy of baking cookies is not overshadowed by the “must” that often turns our, otherwise pleasant, engagement with cooking into a tedious job. Besides, one can live even without cookies! But the thing is that freshly baked cookies are between those things that could transform a moment of our day into a ritual, since many of us would allow ourselves to devote some of our precious time exclusively to the cookie eating, starting from the moment we take it between our fingers, we smell it, bite it – putting at the same time the palm under our mouth to catch the crumbs- and slowly chew it, enjoying the crispyness that lasts only for a few magical seconds and trying to reveal the complexity of its flavors. Even if things were not easy until then, when we are into this moment everything looks better.

Τραγανά, βέγκαν μπισκότα σοκολάτας με σταγόνες σοκολάτας, αλεύρι ολικής και ελαιόλαδο - Crunchy vegan double chocolate cookies with whole wheat flour and olive oil - Vegan in Athens

Sometimes I wonder, don’t we deserve more of those peaceful and delightful moments? Of course I do not mean by eating tons of cookies but by letting ourselves be present in everything that happens by observing and enjoying even some of the things that we usually take for granted, such as some deep breaths, a glass of cool water, a daily walk with our quadrupedal friends or alone in the afternoon sun, our very existence. If I would made a wish for all of us, I think that would be to enjoy everything we do, live and taste as much as our favorite chocolate cookie!

Τραγανά, βέγκαν μπισκότα σοκολάτας με σταγόνες σοκολάτας, αλεύρι ολικής και ελαιόλαδο - Crunchy vegan double chocolate cookies with whole wheat flour and olive oil - Vegan in Athens
Today’s cookies are absolutely chocolaty as they contain not only cocoa powder but also dark chocolate chips, satisfying even the most addicted to the black temptation. In addition, our cookies are made with olive oil and whole wheat flour, being an equally tasty but much healthier alternative to classic chocolate cookies.

Τραγανά, βέγκαν μπισκότα σοκολάτας με σταγόνες σοκολάτας, αλεύρι ολικής και ελαιόλαδο - Crunchy vegan double chocolate cookies with whole wheat flour and olive oil - Vegan in Athens

 

Ingredients
(for 20-25 cookies)

  • 100 g olive oil (1/3 cup + 2tbsp)
  • 45 ml plant milk (3 tbsp)
  • 4 tbsp heaped of cocoa powder
  • 150 g whole wheat flour, soft (1 cup)
  • 125 g sugar (3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 100 g vegan dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate

Τραγανά, βέγκαν μπισκότα σοκολάτας με σταγόνες σοκολάτας, αλεύρι ολικής και ελαιόλαδο - Crunchy vegan double chocolate cookies with whole wheat flour and olive oil - Vegan in Athens

Method
1. Mix the olive oil with the plant milk, sugar, cocoa, salt and baking powder until a uniform chocolate blend is obtained. Add the flour kneading until a soft dough is formed (do not knead much though to get the optimal texture). Add the chocolate, knead a little more, cover with a clear film and put in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.
2. Take walnut-sized dough pieces and give your cookies the shape you like. Lay a baking sheet with non-stick baking paper and place the cookies inside, leaving 2-3 cm between them as they increase in volume during baking.
3. Bake in preheated oven at 170 ° C for 15-20 minutes (depending on your oven and on the thickness of your cookies).
4. Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool. When they are completely cooled, transfer to a cookie box.
5. Enjoy!

Τραγανά, βέγκαν μπισκότα σοκολάτας με σταγόνες σοκολάτας, αλεύρι ολικής και ελαιόλαδο - Crunchy vegan double chocolate cookies with whole wheat flour and olive oil - Vegan in Athens

Notes: Your cookies are going to be soft immediately after baking, so give them some time to cool and get their distinctive crunchy consistency.

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Φθινοπωρινή μηλόπιτα με μπισκοτένια βάση και επικάλυψη ξινής κρέμας από κάσιους - Vegan in Athens

Vegan apple pie with speculoos cookies and cashew sour cream

A few years ago, I was reading a food magazine, in which there was a tribute to apple pies. What I liked in that, was the fact that there were many different apple-pie recipes from different countries and they all looked really yummy. Since I am almost addicted to apples and apple pies, from this article I drew some ideas to create my own vegan versions of each recipe, since the recipes that were given there were not vegan. Although I veganized all the apple pies I read in the article, the one that we distinguished and we like to make again and again was called “German apple pie”.

Vegan apple pie with speculoos cookies and cashew sour cream- Φθινοπωρινή μηλόπιτα με μπισκοτένια βάση και επικάλυψη ξινής κρέμας από κάσιους - Vegan in Athens
And maybe I cannot tell you for sure if this is an actual German apple pie, even though we keep calling it like that in our house but I can reassure you that this is one of the best apple pies I’ve ever eaten. It consists of a crispy, aromatic base with cinnamon speculoos cookies, a sweet, slightly creamy and aromatic stuffing and the wonderful cashew sour cream topping which gives a special character to our favorite fall dessert.

Vegan apple pie with speculoos cookies and cashew sour cream - Φθινοπωρινή μηλόπιτα με μπισκοτένια βάση και επικάλυψη ξινής κρέμας από κάσιους - Vegan in Athens

Ingredients
For the base

  • 200 g vegan cinnamon cookies (such as speculoos)
  • 80 g vegan margarine melted

For the apple stuffing

  • 1,5 kg of sweet apples peeled and cut into slices of half a centimeter or thinner
  • 85 g brown sugar (about 5 ½ tbsp)
  • 70 g flour (1/2 cup approx.)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

Vegan sour cream topping

  • ½ cup cashews soaked for 4-6 hours
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

Φθινοπωρινή μηλόπιτα με μπισκοτένια βάση και επικάλυψη ξινής κρέμας από κάσιους - Vegan in Athens

Method

For this recipe we need a baking pan with a removable bottom approximately 22 cm in diameter or a round baking tin.

1. Crush the cookies in the food processor and mix them with the melted margarine. Transfer the mixture into the springform pan and use the bottom of a glass or your fingers to press it evenly into the bottom.
2. In a large bowl, mix well the apples together with the spices, flour and sugar with and lay them over the biscuit base.
3. Drain the cashews and blend them with the water, lemon juice and sugar, at medium speed for 2-3 minutes to form a cream. With a spoon spread the cream evenly over the apples.
4. Bake at 180 oC for 45-55 minutes or until the surface gets a nice golden colour.

Serve warm or cold.

Note: Use gluten-free cinnamon cookies or other gluten-free cookies to make a gluten-free version of this delicious apple pie!

 

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