Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apple Pie

One of my favourite things about Fall is the start of apple season.

Whether freshly picked, cooked for applesauce, baked in pies, cakes, muffins and even pressed for cider…apples are the bomb!

Thanksgiving is fast approaching. I have plenty of Cortland apples picked from Watson’s Farm to bake and freeze some apple pies.

dairy and egg free apple pie with canola oil crustMichael was ever so happy. Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apple Pie is one of his most requested favourite desserts. I made 3 pies: froze 2 and baked one to sample.

The key to a great pie: Cortland apples and a great flaky pastry.

For years, a great allergy friendly pastry recipe eluded me. Due to Michael’s dairy, egg and both the boys’ peanut/tree nut allergies…using butter, an egg or even purchasing the pastry was out of the question. I was not keen on the pastry being made with shortening.(at the time it was the best I could do with what was out there)

In 2008, my friend/neighbour, passed along her mother’s pastry recipe using canola oil. This is truly a winning recipe…my Mother-in-law approved. 

The recipe for the apple filling is adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book.

Dairy, Egg, and Soy Free Apple Pie

Apple Filling

7-8 cups apples (I like Cortland, Spy is another good pie apple)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Peel and thinly slice apples into a large bowl.
Add sugar, flour and cinnamon and stir to cover.

sliced cortland apples with cinnamon, sugar and flour for apple pie with canola crust

Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Pastry

2 cups plus 2 tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp kosher salt
2/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup water

In a medium bowl, mix flour and salt.
In a liquid measure, mix together the oil and water.
Make a hole in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients in hole.
Stir until just combined with a wooden spoon. (Do not overmix)

canola oil pastry dough just mixedForm two balls with dough.

2 balls of canola oil pastry doughSpread wax paper on a surface. Sprinkle generously with flour.
Place ball of dough on wax paper and cover with another piece of wax paper.
Using a rolling-pin, roll out the dough to fit glass pie plate.

canola oil pastry dough rolled out for bottom of dairy, egg and soy free apple pie

Carefully peel the top layer of wax paper off allowing the dough to stay on the top sheet.
Use fingers to help ease up rolled dough from bottom sheet of wax paper. (this can be a bit finicky)

peeling back canola oil pastry dough with wax paperCarefully transfer the dough to the glass pie plate.

canola oil pastry dough in pie plate for bottom pie crustRemember: Pastry dough is very easy to piece back together.  Patch work the bottom layer of pastry dough to cover the pie plate if needed. Neatness is not required as it will still taste delicious.

Fill pastry lined pie plate with apple filling.

cortland apples with cinnamon, sugar and flour in bottom canola oil pastry doughSprinkle more flour over the bottom piece of wax paper and repeat rolling out the second ball of dough.
Peel back top piece of wax paper, using fingers to help ease pastry dough along.
Carefully transfer pastry dough to top the apple filling.
Patchwork the pastry dough to cover the apple filling and pinch edges closed.
Make a few slits in top of the dough.

apple pie with canola oil pastry ready for the ovenBake at 375F for 50-60 minutes.
If edges start to brown too quickly, cover with bits of foil.
Let pie cool on cooling rack.

baked cortland apple pie with canola oil crust cooling on rackEnjoy!

Michael’s Tip:  “I love my slice of apple pie with a scoop of Natura’s Vanilla Frozen Dessert!

slice of dairy and egg free cortland apple with canola oil crust pie with Natura vanilla frozen dessert

Tip: Freeze uncooked pies in an extra-large freezer bag. Bake from frozen the same as above.

Always CHECK INGREDIENTS each time you purchase products.

Have you adapted similar recipes for your own food allergy needs? I’d love to hear about them. Please share in the comments!


16 thoughts on “Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apple Pie

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  2. If you have any doubts at all about this pie I can tell you that the pie crust – you’d never know it was dairy free. So light and flaky! I speak as someone who has enjoyed a slice or two of this pie in my time. And even my picky nephews love it!

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