Mark my words, this Vegan Peach Pie is going to make you wish it was peach season every season. As someone who doesn’t like a lot of fuss, i prefer the pies I make to have crumble topping. That way you only have to worry about making and handling a single piecrust! Crumble topping is also decidedly better but you didn’t hear it from me.
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Vegan Peach Pie (with Crumble Topping) Ingredients
For the Pie Crust
- All Purpose Flour: All-purpose flour is a staple ingredient in many baking recipes, including pie crusts. It provides structure and texture to the crust. In a vegan pie crust, all-purpose flour acts as the main dry ingredient that binds the other ingredients together. It helps create a tender and flaky crust.
- Sugar: Sugar adds a touch of sweetness to balance the flavors. It also aids in browning and caramelization during baking, which contributes to the overall taste and appearance of the crust.
- Salt: Salt is an essential ingredient in any pie crust recipe, including vegan versions. It enhances the flavors by balancing the sweetness and bringing out the natural taste of the other ingredients. Additionally, salt helps strengthen the gluten structure in the dough, resulting in a more stable crust.
- Vegan Butter: Vegan butter is used as a substitute for dairy-based butter in vegan recipes. It adds richness, flavor, and a buttery texture to the crust. Cold vegan butter is crucial because it needs to stay solid until it is mixed into the dough. The solid fats create layers within the crust, resulting in a flaky texture once baked.
- Non-hydrogenated Shortening: Non-hydrogenated shortening is a solid fat derived from plant sources, commonly used as a vegan alternative to animal-based shortening. It provides a different texture than vegan butter, adding tenderness and a slightly crumbly quality to the crust. Like vegan butter, it needs to be cold to maintain its structure and create the desired flakiness.
- Ice Water: Ice water is essential for hydrating the dough and bringing it together. Cold water helps keep the solid fats cold, preventing them from melting and compromising the flakiness of the crust. Adding water in small increments and using ice water helps keep the dough temperature low, resulting in a more tender crust.
For the Filling
- Fresh Peaches: Peaches are the star ingredient of the vegan peach pie filling. They provide natural sweetness, a juicy texture, and a delicious fruity flavor. The peaches should be ripe yet firm to hold their shape during baking. Peeling and slicing the peaches allows them to cook evenly and meld together with the other ingredients.
- Lemon Juice: Lemon juice adds a subtle tanginess that enhances the natural sweetness of the peaches. It also helps prevent the sliced peaches from oxidizing and turning brown. It also adds a bright and fresh flavor to the filling.
- Sugar: Sugar is necessary to sweeten the peach pie filling and balance the tartness of the lemon juice. The amount of sugar can be adjusted based on personal preference and the sweetness of the peaches used. Sugar helps bring out the natural flavors of the peaches and contributes to the overall taste and texture of the filling.
- All Purpose Flour: All-purpose flour acts as a thickening agent in the vegan peach pie filling. It absorbs the liquid released by the peaches during baking and helps create a luscious, cohesive filling. The flour thickens the juices, preventing the pie from becoming too runny. It also gives the filling a desirable consistency and texture.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon adds warmth and depth to the vegan peach pie filling. Its sweet and aromatic flavor also complements the natural sweetness of the peaches and adds a touch of spiciness.
Tips for Making Vegan Peach Pie with Crumble Topping
- Choose ripe yet firm peaches: Select peaches that are ripe but still hold their shape when sliced. Overly ripe peaches can become mushy during baking and affect the texture of the pie filling.
- Prepare the peaches properly: Peel and slice the peaches evenly to promote even cooking. Removing the skins also helps create a smoother texture in the filling. Toss the peach slices with lemon juice to prevent browning and add a touch of acidity.
- Balance the sweetness: Adjust the amount of sugar in the filling based on the sweetness of the peaches. Taste a slice to gauge its natural sweetness before adding the sugar.
- Bake at the right temperature: Follow the recipe instructions for the recommended baking temperature and duration. This ensures that the peaches cook through and the crumble topping becomes golden brown and crispy.
- Allow the pie to cool: Once baked, let the pie cool completely before slicing. This allows the filling to set, making it easier to slice and preventing it from becoming too runny.
Remember, vegan pies may require slight adjustments and experimentation based on the specific ingredients and brands you use. Enjoy the process of creating a delicious vegan peach pie with a crumble topping, and don’t be afraid to customize it to your taste preferences.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use frozen peaches for the filling?
Yes, you can use frozen peaches for the filling. Thaw them before using and drain off any excess liquid to avoid a watery pie filling. Keep in mind that frozen peaches may have a slightly softer texture compared to fresh peaches.
Can I substitute the all-purpose flour in the crumble topping with a gluten-free flour?
Absolutely! You can use a gluten-free flour blend as a substitute for all-purpose flour in the crumble topping. However, keep in mind that different gluten-free flours have varying textures, so the crumble may have a slightly different consistency compared to the original recipe.
Can I make the pie crust and crumble topping ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the pie crust and crumble topping in advance. Wrap the pie crust tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate it until ready to use. Store the crumble topping in an airtight container at room temperature. When you’re ready to assemble the pie, roll out the crust, fill it with the peach filling, and sprinkle the crumble on top before baking.
Can I use a store-bought vegan pie crust for convenience?
Absolutely! If you prefer to save time or don’t want to make your own pie crust, you can use a store-bought vegan pie crust. Just make sure to follow the package instructions for pre-baking or filling the crust, as they may vary.
How to Serve/Store Vegan Peach Pie with Crumble Topping
Vegan peach pie with crumble topping can be served in a variety of ways. Here are a few serving suggestions:
- Warm or at room temperature: Allow the pie to cool slightly after baking, but it can still be served warm. The warmth enhances the flavors and adds a comforting touch. Alternatively, let the pie cool completely to room temperature before serving.
- Plain: Enjoy a slice of vegan peach pie with crumble topping as is, without any additional toppings or accompaniments. To emphasize, the combination of sweet peaches, spiced filling, and buttery crumble is delicious on its own.
- With vegan whipped cream: Top each slice of peach pie with a dollop of vegan whipped cream. You can also use store-bought vegan whipped cream or make your own using coconut cream or aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) whipped with sugar and vanilla extract.
- With vegan ice cream: Serve a slice of warm vegan peach pie with a scoop of vegan ice cream. Classic flavors like vanilla or cinnamon work well, or experiment with other fruity flavors like peach or coconut-based ice creams.
- With a drizzle of vegan caramel sauce: Elevate the flavor profile of the pie by drizzling it with vegan caramel sauce. The caramel adds richness and a hint of sweetness that complements the peaches and crumble topping.
Remember to consider individual preferences and dietary restrictions when serving. Offering a variety of options allows guests to personalize their servings and enhances the overall enjoyment of the vegan peach pie with crumble topping.
Before storing the pie, make sure it has cooled down to room temperature. This helps prevent condensation and keeps the crust and crumble topping from becoming soggy. To this end, cover the pie with a loose-fitting piece of plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This helps protect it from drying out and keeps it fresh.
A vegan pie with a crumble topping is best enjoyed within 2-3 days. The longer it sits, the more the crust and crumble topping can lose their crispness. If you need to store it for longer, consider refrigerating it. It can also be frozen for up to 1 month.
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Vegan Peach Pie with Crumble Topping
Peach season is the best season because of this pie. With a crisp, crumble topping, only a single pie crust is needed making this recipe has fuss-free as it is delicious.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Yield: 1 pie 1x
- Category: Pies and Pastries
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
1 1/2 c all purpose flour
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 c vegan butter, cold
3 tbsp non-hydrogenated shortening, cold
3 tbsp ice water
8 medium peaches, peeled and sliced
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 c sugar
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c all purpose flour
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c vegan butter
- Make the Piecrust: In a large bowl whisk together all purpose flour, sugar and salt. Cut cold butter and shortening into flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter, work mixture until it has a homogenous, pebbly consistency. Using a wooden spoon, stir in ice water one tbsp at a time until the dough starts to come together. Use your hands to form it into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until ready to use, at least 1 hour.
- Par Bake the Crust: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and grab a 9 inch pie pan. Set aside. Remove pie dough from refrigerator and place on a well-floured surface. Remove plastic wrap. Roll out into a 10 to 11-inch circle that is about 1/8 inch thick. Using the rolling pin, carefully transfer dough to prepared pie dish. Trim excess dough and crimp the edge of the crust using your index finger. Scrunch up a small sheet of parchment paper, open it up and place it into the unbaked pie shell. Fill with ceramic pie weights. Place pie pan in preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
- Prepare the Filling: Prepare the filling while the crust cools. Add prepared peaches to a large bowl. Coat peaches in lemon juice to help prevent browning. Sprinkle peaches with sugar, all purpose flour and cinnamon. Stir gently until peaches are well-coated with all of the ingredients. Pour peaches into the pie dish on top of the partially baked crust.
- Make the Streusel: In a large bowl whisk together quick oats, all purpose flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut vegan butter into mixture using a pastry cutter until ingredients reach a crumbly consistency. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the peaches.
- Bake: To protect the edges of your crust from burning, place a crust protecter over the top of it before baking or wrap the crimped edges in tin foil. Place uncooked peach pie on the center rack of your preheated oven and bake 55-65 minutes. Allow pie to cool for at least an hour before serving.
*Pie will keep in an airtight container stored at room temperature for 2-3 days.
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