If you’ve been reading this here blog for more than one post, you may have noticed I like to include gram measurements—yes, grams, the unholy beacon of the metric system—and I even put them before the imperial measurements for some closet-Communist reason. In good ol’ Murica, we like our old-fashioned, inconvenient units of measure even 15 years after they cost us a 125 million dollar NASA orbiter. It’s not unreasonable, it’s just the American way of doing things.
Most of the time, weighing ingredients is far superior in the context of baking. And yes: that includes liquids. When baking out of the Bouchon Bakery cookbook, my mother observed with horror as I weighed egg whites, water, and several other liquids, rationalizing that it was easier to weigh 184 grams than it was to measure out a ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons plus ¾ teaspoons and thus use a thousand different measuring cups for a single ingredient...eh?
She didn’t understand.
But surely you do. Surely you see that these grams are an expression of my desire to strive for perfection in my baking endeavors and not my adherence to a shadowy socialist cult?
If you’ll excuse my sugar-addled rambling, I’ll try to explain this gram-ish recipe I have for you today.
You may have been misled into thinking that this recipe involves baking. It does not. It involves a bit of cooking, but that is it. As such, it is not absolutely crucial to weigh the ingredients, but I would say it is helpful in terms of minimizing the number of dishes you have to clean after the fact—and that is a number I’m pretty sure all of us want to minimize.
As for the pie itself? Dreamy. Literally. I’m not sure if I took those pictures up there, because hot damn they are pretty fucking great. Or so I believe. Who knows what Foodgawker will say? My photography tends to be hit-or-miss—either I have great lighting and a great angle and a great bit of food to shoot, or I have a pile of shit sitting under the glow of a painfully-artificial fluorescent light.
|Yeah. This happens a lot. source|
What I’m trying to say is that I can’t say for certain that this pie is real. It might be too good to be true. A pie as simple as this couldn’t possibly be so creamy and rich and delicious and filled with apple-y, peanut buttery flavor.
Or maybe it could. Maybe I should just go with it.
Here’s the recipe.
Vegan apple peanut butter cheesecake pie with sautéed apples
Serves 8 to 10
126 grams • honey-free graham crackers, crushed • 1 ½ cups
72 grams • medjool dates, pitted • 3 medium
64 grams • peanut butter • ¼ cup
Filling (adapted from Sweetly Raw)
275 grams • apples, peeled and diced • 2 cups
106 grams • cashews, soaked for about four hours and drained • ¾ cup
60 grams • maple syrup • 3 tablespoons
5 grams • lemon juice • 1 teaspoon
4 grams • vanilla extract • 1 teaspoon
32 grams • peanut butter • 2 tablespoons
54 grams • coconut oil, melted • ¼ cup
Pinch of salt
Sautéed apples (adapted from Cooking Light)
14 grams • coconut oil • 1 tablespoon
250 grams • apples, sliced (and peeled if desired) • 2 cups
30 grams • brown sugar • 2 tablespoons
Pinch of cinnamon
32 grams • peanut butter • 2 tablespoons
To make crust, simply combine all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until thoroughly combined; then transfer to a greased pie dish and press down into an even layer. Set aside.
To make cheesecake mousse, place apples and cashews in a food processor and blend until as smooth as possible. Add remaining ingredients under “filling” and combine until smooth. Pour filling into crust and let chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
To make sautéed apples, begin by melting coconut oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples and sauté for six minutes, or until apples begin to turn tender. Stir in sugar and cinnamon. Cook for one minute or until sugar minutes. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter.
Serve pie in slices. Top each slice with sautéed apples. Munch.
|Dat natural lighting doe.|
This pie is kind of like a half-summer, half-fall dessert. It’s perfect for that weird time of year when apples and all of those fall fruits and vegetables are in season, but it’s still kind of hot out and it’s still not too fun to turn on the oven. The only heat in here comes from the sautéed apples, which don’t take long at all.
A hot skillet ain’t too much trouble, no?