1 1/2 Cups flour (or Beth's flour mix...see the Recipes Tab)
Optional and Allergy- version only: 3/4 tsp xantham or guar gum
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp gelatin -- optional
1/2 Cup oil
2 Tbsp "milk" (you know, nut/soy/oat...not cow)
2 Tbsp oatmeal
1 Tbsp Brown sugar
Pre-heat oven to 350F.
Put powders in a medium mixing bowl and whisk or mix with a fork. Pour in wet ingredients and cut in using a pastry cutter, or just blender or wooden spoon. It should be crumbly. Measure out 2 tablespoons and put it in a pot for later in the recipe...
Start pressing the dough into a pie shell, as close to 1/8 thick as you can. It's okay if it's not perfect. nothing bad will happen. Use a fork and prick the thing all over and then bake for 10 minutes.
With the remaining dough, add the oatmeal and brown sugar and re-mix. It should be even more crumbly. This is your topping!
Cherry (or any fruit) Filling:
You can cheat and get a pie filling, but I almost always have organic berries from Costco on-hand. I accidently left them out for a few hours after organizing my tiny freezer and, oh darn, I had to make a pie to save them.
You can use berries, apples that are pithy and not fresh, peaches, apricots, plums, etc... Pretty much anything but citrus or banana.
4 to 5 cups fruit *
If frozen, let thaw and then measure. If fresh, add 1/4 cup water to start the heating. Frozen is much faster too.
1/4 sugar (or more if you're not using organic, or if you want it super sweet)
1/4 tsp cinnamon or garam masala for apples or peaches
Put the fruit and sugar and optional spices in a pot on the stove. Mix with the pie dough -- this is the traditional way to thicken a pie! and it's super tasty! Then bring it all to a boil and let it thicken until it's what you'd expect when you bite into a piece of warm pie.
When it's suitably thick -- which will depend of what fruit you used and whether it was fresh or frozen, pour or spoon it into the baked pie crust and sprinkle the crumbly dough on top. Bake for 10 minute, or broil until the crumbs are golden brown.
Good Luck!!!Posted 10th January 2011 by Beth