Desserts with fruits

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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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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Vegan autumn fig cake with olive oil – sugar-free

Figs are a fruit that reminds me of the sun, the deep smell of the fig tree leaves, the sea. This ancient, historical fruit loves to grow not only in the gardens, but also in the ravines, on the rocks and on the dry, Greek mountains. Fresh figs always bring me back to that fig tree that still exists in my grandmother’s house, where I used to climb to gather figs as a child. My grandmother was always telling us to half them before eating them to check for any small intruders decided to eat them before us. How difficult was it when I was a kid to pick out the little white intruders from the identical thousands of white filaments of the fruit!

Βέγκαν πίτα - κέικ με φρέσκα σύκα και ελαιόλαδο χωρίς ζάχαρη - Vegan fresh fig cake - pie with olive oil, sugar-free - Vegan in Athens

For the beautiful memories they bring in my mind and their wonderful flavor, every year, when figs are in season, I enjoy them not only freshly cut, usually just under the fig tree, but also in vegan recipes such as my juicy vegan tart with figs and almonds or my fig nice-cream with blackberries. Another recipe with figs that we love very much is today’s cake with figs. This cake has the texture of a very tender and aromatic cake with sweet and juicy bites of figs hidden here and there, softened and melty through baking.

Βέγκαν πίτα - κέικ με φρέσκα σύκα και ελαιόλαδο χωρίς ζάχαρη - Vegan fresh fig cake - pie with olive oil, sugar-free - Vegan in Athens

The figs of today’s recipe are the figs I picked yesterday from two different fig trees I found in the forest and I shared them with a turtle I met along the way. Although we were both hungry, I finally managed to save the figs I needed to make the recipe I am sharing today with you!

Turtle eating figs - Χελώνα που τρώει σύκα - Vegan in Athens

Ingredients

(for a 26-28cm diameter baking pan)

  • 1 1/4 cup plant-based milk at room temperature (I used this)
  • 1/2 cup light olive oil or oil of choice
  • 1 cup agave nectar or other liquid sweetener
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 pack (500 g) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract

additionally

  • 20 ripe figs washed and halved
  • almond flakes for sprinkling

Βέγκαν πίτα - κέικ με φρέσκα σύκα και ελαιόλαδο χωρίς ζάχαρη - Vegan fresh fig cake - pie with olive oil, sugar-free - Vegan in Athens

Method

1. In a bowl, mix the vegan milk with the agave with the mixer. Add the lemon juice, olive oil and vanilla and finally the flour while stirring well.
2. Brush with oil a round baking pan or cake mold and sprinkle with flour. You can also lay with non-stick baking paper. Apply half of the cake mix to the mold and arrange half of the figs with the cut side up. Cover with the rest of the dough and arrange the remaining figs on top. Sprinkle with the almond flakes.
3. Bake in a preheated oven at 175 oC for 45-50 minutes or until the cake is golden. The first 30-35 minutes be patient and do not open the oven door. To find out if it’s ready, insert a toothpick in the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. Otherwise, if it comes out wet, you may need few more minutes before checking again.

 

 

Βέγκαν πίτα - κέικ με φρέσκα σύκα και ελαιόλαδο χωρίς ζάχαρη - Vegan fresh fig cake - pie with olive oil, sugar-free - Vegan in Athens

Note: The skins of the figs become soft and melty with baking, so you do not have to remove them. Keep in mind that figs are good sources of calcium which is another reason to enjoy them fresh as well as in recipes like this one.

Βέγκαν πίτα - κέικ με φρέσκα σύκα και ελαιόλαδο χωρίς ζάχαρη - Vegan fresh fig cake - pie with olive oil, sugar-free - Vegan in Athens

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