Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Recipe 4: Apple Grape Pie

Here is Dena Obaza (aka Dina Colada) looking so fine in her Thanksgiving mask. Will she remove the mask to eat her Thanksgiving dinner? Heck no! (Today is her birthday--Happy Birthday, Dena!)
The mask was made by Beth Zyglowicz--an artist we met at Illuxcon. What's that? You don't have a Thanksgiving mask? You'll have to get one from Beth!

Apple Grape Pie
Makes one 9 inch pie

1 cup spelt or whole wheat flour
½ cup oat flour
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup canola oil
A little less than ¼ cup cold water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9 inch pie plate with Pam or other spray oil. In a mixing bowl, combine flours and sea salt. Add oil and stir with a fork. Mix until the mixture resembles corn meal. Add water a little at a time and stop just when the dough has enough water to form a ball. If you've accidentally added to much water, you can add a little of the oat flour. However, if you need more water, just add some! It should be a nice Play-Doh consistency. If you didn't play with Play-Doh when you were a kid, you need to get some now because it's pretty fun stuff.
Don’t knead the dough after this point, but let it rest for about 10 minutes.

Take about 1/3 of the dough and flatten it into the pie plate, pressing some up at the edges. Poke the bottom with a fork a few times. Set the rest of the dough aside for now.


3 apples (I like Gala or Fuji for this recipe, but any apples will do), cored, but not peeled, and sliced
About 1 ½ cups washed, halved grapes
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup brown rice syrup

Mix all the filling ingredients in a large bowl until it looks pretty evenly mixed with the cinnamon and brown rice syrup. Pour into the pie plate that has the dough pressed into it.

On a wooden cutting board, sprinkle about a Tablespoon of oat flour, then put the rest of the dough on it and roll it around a little. Now roll it out with a rolling pin to a circle about 6-8 inches in diameter. Pick it up and put it on the apples that are in the pie plate. It might fall into about a million pieces, but don’t worry about it, just put the pieces together like a puzzle with spaces between them.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 30-40 minutes.


  1. Wow, this sounds delicious Julie! Do you have any favorite kinds of grapes to use for this- maybe just the red seedless or globe grapes?

    A quick question about brown rice syrup. I've never tried it; is it a low glycemic sweetener? I've noticed that Costco is now carrying organic blue agave syrup, which I know can be used by those with blood sugar issues. Would it be an OK substitute?

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Boris, David, Tony and Nonie!

  2. Hi Jen,
    I made one of these pies for Boris the other day (to test it out! Purely scientific purposes!) and used some big red seedless grapes and it was soooo good.
    The brown rice syrup is a low glycemic sweetener. You can use the agave syrup, but be sure to use less than the 1/4 cup--maybe only a Tablespoon or two. It's super sweet. I really liked the taste (a little butterscotchy) and the texture of the brown rice syrup in this pie, but experimenting is always fun. And you can't go wrong with ingredients like these!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!