Everybody could make a cake. On the most elementary stage, a boxed combine will suffice. Nevertheless, there isn’t any boxed combine for pie. Pie is extra complicated, and consequently, extra spectacular. One should grasp a crust that’s each buttery and flaky but pliable sufficient to control into an in depth lattice. Then there’s the filling—fruit fillings should not leak, and creamy fillings have to set excellent, and to not point out the toppings starting from fluffy whip to a sugary crumb. However worry not. We’re right here to assist. Right here’s tips on how to (simply) veganize any pie. Prepared, set, bake!
Flaky, buttery crust
Everyone knows it—flaky, melt-in-your-mouth, completely crimped pie crust. Sadly, it’s not at all times as malleable as Snow White makes it look as she’s rolling and folding dough into pie pans whereas the birds chirp round her. A stable flaky, buttery pie dough recipe actually solely wants 4 substances, however the finish result’s usually of venture in the event you’re new at pie baking. In case you’re following a primary pie dough recipe that requires butter, flour, ice chilly water, and salt, merely swap the dairy butter for a plant-based variety (we swear by Earth Stability sticks—not the bathtub). Some vegan recipes will use coconut oil, however don’t substitute coconut oil for dairy butter except the recipe explicitly requires it. The key to an ideal pie dough is following the recipe. You’ll be able to usually get inventive with sure fillings, however the dough is predicated in science.
Do that recipe: Flaky Vegan Pie Crust by I Love Vegan
Graham cracker and cookie crusts
Far much less fuss than conventional dough, this candy basis entails crushing cookies into oblivion. For the graham cracker base, buy a model that doesn’t include honey (each Nabisco and Keebler Originals are vegan-friendly). Blitz the grahams with a little bit of coconut oil or non-dairy butter and a tablespoon or two of sugar till you possibly can simply press the dough collectively and it holds. The identical methodology applies to cookie crusts, although you could omit the sugar on this case. Wafer cookies work, however the cream-filled selection acts as a bonus adhesive—which implies you should utilize much less vegan butter and keep away from an oily crust. On this case, you’re allowed to get a bit inventive and switch any vegan-friendly sandwich cookie right into a one-of-a-kind pie crust (comparable to pumpkin pie atop Dealer Joe’s Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s).
Do that recipe: Vegan Graham Cracker Crust by Dessert Accomplished Gentle
Vegans are within the clear for this one! Fortunately, most non-vegan bakers aren’t sneaking any animal merchandise into their berry or apple pies. You’ll be able to comply with your nana’s recipe to the tee for this pie element. The one exception is the uncommon dotting of the filling with pats of butter (most frequently seen with apple pie). Swap the dairy butter for no matter vegan butter you could have readily available, and also you’re golden.
Do that recipe: Deep Dish Apple Crumble Pie by Minimalist Baker
We’re speaking pecan pie right here. Non-vegan pecan pie recipes sometimes name for eggs and butter. The vegan swap? Tofu. When totally blended with corn syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla (and maybe some bourbon), tofu acts as a vital binding agent that provides pecan pie its signature candy custardy filling beneath the layer of toasted pecans. Bakers beware: use the silken tofu that comes within the shelf-stable cardboard package deal. The type from the refrigerated part is not going to work.
Do that recipe: Maple Pecan Pie by Submit Punk Kitchen
Assume pumpkin, key lime, lemon meringue, chocolate, and chess pie. Together with cornstarch, these pies depend on eggs for thickening and binding. To veganize, you could have just a few choices. Together with the ever-reliable tofu, cashews will help create a creamy consistency that doesn’t run when sliced. Just like the crust, creamy filling pies rely a bit extra on science than creativity, so whilst you can try to remodel a non-vegan creamy pie right into a plant-based deal with, there isn’t any one-to-one swap that can assure outcomes each time, so put together for a little bit of trial and error. On the subject of our favourite creamy pie recipes, we glance to vegan-as-is recipes for a dependable and attractive finish end result.
Do that recipe: Vegan Pumpkin Pie by Meals Community
Why battle with an advanced lattice prime crust when you possibly can merely sprinkle on a heaping mound of sugary, buttery crumble topping? Simply veganize this delectable ingredient by swapping in vegan butter for dairy butter. The remaining substances—sugar, brown sugar, flour, and salt—are good to go.
Do that recipe: Apple Crumble Pie by Love and Lemons
Whipped cream topping
Full disclosure: due to all the vegan whipped cream merchandise out there, store-bought is almost pretty much as good because the selfmade model. We’re followers of So Scrumptious’ Cocowhip and Nature’s Attraction canned coconut whipping cream. Nevertheless, in the event you’re set on making your personal, you’ll want a can of full-fat coconut cream, powdered sugar, vanilla, and a beater or stand mixer (belief us, you do not need to beat this by hand as you’ll want some horsepower to create fluffy peaks of cream). The trick is to sit back the can of coconut cream till a stable layer varieties on the prime, then switch that stable mass right into a bowl with none of the liquid. Be aware: generally, you’ll get a “dud” can of coconut that refuses to whip and as an alternative creates a curdled mess. You can’t put it aside at this level, which is why it’s essential to have a backup can or a store-bought vegan whip readily available.
Do that recipe: Coconut Whip by scorching for meals
The invention of aquafaba—whipped chickpea brine—has made vegan meringue doable. For years, bakers vexed over the answer to this egg white and sugar concoction. Who knew the reply was in a can of chickpeas? Aquafaba tends to be barely much less finicky than coconut cream, so you possibly can try this topping with confidence. Having a stand mixer helps tremendously, however in the event you’re okay with getting a little bit of an arm exercise, hand-held electrical beaters will work in a pinch. Pile up your luxurious vegan pie with a mountain of meringue then take a torch to it to thrill your visitors.
Do that recipe: Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie by Pickles & Honey
Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews in addition to a author and runner residing in Orange County, CA.