Being another classic I made while working on the cookbook, this is a very simple pear pie but you can alternatively use any kind of fruit that comes to your mind and that you would like to see on some tasty pie dough.
You will have to refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes before using, so choose wisely, between waiting and spending the “free” time with other equally fullfilling activities, or preparing everything the day before and letting it rest in your fridge overnight.
Simple Pear Pie
Preparation Time: 50min
Baking Time: 20min
250g all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 tablespoon salt
115g unsalted vegan margarine
2 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening
3 tablespoons ice water
3 tablespoons brown sugar
250g pears, chopped into small cubes
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1. Sift the flour, sugar and salt into a large bowl.
2. Using your fingers, work in the butter and shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
3. Add 2 tablespoons of ice water and work with your fingers until the water is incorporated and the dough comes together.
4. Add more water as needed to make a smooth dough, being careful not to over mix.
5. Form the dough into a disk, wrap tightly in plasic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before using.
6. Preheat oven to 180°C. Mix the pears with sugar and lemon juice.
7. Line a approximately 20cm diameter pie pan with the dough using your fingers to form a shallow basin for the pears. Add the pears on top and bake for 15 -20 minutes.
8. Garnish with cinnamon or cocoa powder if wanted.
And there you go. It’s really as simple as that.