DATE, APPLE AND WALNUT PIE

No added sugar, no added flavor, neither essence nor spices to give that extra tinge, no hassles and no guilt feeling while preparing and devouring the same, that’s my today’s recipe, DATE, APPLE, AND WALNUT PIE!

Pie and healthy? Yes, you have read it right. Date, Apple, and Walnut pie is by far the healthiest of all pie recipes that I have ever come across. Honestly speaking I was a little cynical when I came across this recipe. A sweet dish recipe without sugar or substitute of sugar made me skeptical about it. But I nevertheless gave it a try. And what came out was beyond my expectations! Actually, I now regret not making it before. But as they say, better late than never!

Labeling this as a healthy pie is, of course, my way of looking at it. Opinions may vary and perceptions may differ. Nutritionists or extremely calorie conscious people may label it as not so healthy sweet dish option because of the shortcrust or pie shell which does contain butter. But as we know, our body needs fat too to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins. But that’s a different discussion and debate altogether. The crux of the story is Date, Apple and Walnut pie is a recipe that is not loaded with extra sugar and flavor and contains all the goodness of Dates, Apple, and Walnuts.



Preparation time- 45 min, approx
Cooking time- 10 min
Baking time- 40-50 min, approx


Ingredients:

  • Shortcrust (9” loose-bottomed flan tin is ideal for this recipe):
  • Flour- 200 gm and 2 tbsp
  • Butter- 100 Gm, cold and solid
  • Baking powder- ½ tsp
  • Sugar (optional) -2 tbsp
  • Ice cold water- to bind

Filling:

  • Date- 250 gm
  • Apple- 1 large
  • Walnuts- ¼ cup roughly chopped and 5-6 whole for decoration.
  • Honey- 2-3 tbsp
  • Lemon juice- 2 tsp

Method:

Shortcrust-

Cut butter into small cubes.
Sieve together flour, baking powder, and powdered sugar.
In a mixer churn flour, baking powder, sugar and butter for few seconds.
Put the mixture in a bowl and mix lightly. It will resemble bread crumbs when the butter is evenly mixed with the flour.
Just add required ice cold water to bind the mixture. Do not knead.
Wrap it in a cling wrap and keep in the fridge for 20 min.


Filling:

Deseed dates and chop finely. Peel the apple and grate it. Roughly chop the walnuts.
Put a nonstick pan on gas and put Dates and Apples with ¼ cup of water. Keep on slow flame and cover with a lid. Keep stirring in between.
Add honey and mix well.
When the mixture turns mushy, put off the gas.
Let it cool slightly.
Add the chopped walnuts and mix lightly.


To prepare the Pie:

Roll out the pie into ¼ “thick pastry and it should be bigger than the pie dish to cover the tin completely.
Prick base with a fork. Put it in the freezer for 10 min.
Bake it blind at a preheated oven at 200 degrees C for 15-20 min. Remove from the oven.
Put the filling evenly over it. Make patterns with the leftover dough.
Decorate with either chopped or whole walnuts or according to your imagination.
Bake at 180 degrees C for 10-15 min.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or vanilla custard or just as it is.



Author’s Note:

This pie stays good for 5-6 days in the fridge. Just warm it before every serving
Adding an apple to the filling is purely optional.
Do not overcook while preparing the filling.
I did not add any additional spices, but one can surely try some cinnamon for an extra tinge.

If you love baking and want to try out some unusual recipe which is healthy and tasty as well, give this particular one a try and thank me later.
Happy Baking

Disclaimer: Original recipe by Nita Mehta.

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