Chai Spice Vegan Pear Pie
This Chai Spice Vegan Pear Pie combines the best of both worlds: chai spices with caramelized pears, all packed into a flakey, buttery vegan pie crust.
for the crust:
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup vegan butter cold
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup ice water
for the filling:
- 5 pears chopped
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/4 cup cane sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon all spice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
make the crust:
Start by making the crust. I like to use my food processor for this because it's easier/quicker than using my hands, but you have to do it in 2 batches. Start by adding 1.5 cups flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt to your food processor. Then, with the motor running, add 1/2 cup butter in through the top, followed by 2 tablespoon syrup, 2 tablespoon milk and 4 tablespoon ice water.
At this point, the dough should be in one ball; remove it and set it aside, then repeat the exact same process with the remaining crust ingredients.
Once the dough is completely made, divide it into 2 separate balls, one slightly larger than the other. Wrap them in plastic wrap and place them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
make the filling:
Once the time is up, preheat the oven to 400°.
Next, make the filling: heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped pears, then sprinkle the sugar and spices over top. Cook the pears for 5-8 minutes, or until they're soft but not mushy; remove skillet from the heat.
Remove dough from the refrigerator. Flour a work surface, then roll out the larger ball of dough and carefully transfer it to your greased pie pan. Crimp the edges as you normally would, then pour the pear filling into the pie crust. Then, roll out the second ball of dough to form the top crust. Brush crust with melted butter or coconut oil, and sprinkle with a little bit of cane sugar.
Place pie in the oven and bake for 15 minutes; then reduce heat to 375° and bake pie for 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
Transfer pie to a cooling rack and allow it to cool for 1 hour; you want the pie to be slightly warm or at room temperature before cutting. Serve with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!
*Calories are an estimation and are per slice of pie
*If you don't love chai spices, you can just use 1 teaspoon cinnamon and omit the other spices
Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 487mg | Potassium: 210mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 1107IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg