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Vegan Strawberry Pie. Irresistible and easy to make.

Vegan Strawberry Pie. Irresistible and easy to make.

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Nothing can beat pie made from scratch.

Who can resist a freshly baked strawberry pie made from scratch? On hearing it, some of you might start thinking about calories and long hours ahead to spend at the gym… No worries! Here is a simple recipe of a vegan strawberry pie. No eggs, no milk. Very little sugar (recommended). Pleasure without guilt. Let’s begin!

You will need:

For dough:

– 2 cups sifted unbleached flour. If you do not sift flour, you will have to adjust other ingredients (add more water, vegetable oil and maybe sugar, as sifted flour is lighter than unsifted when measured).

– 3 tbsp raw brown sugar

– 7 tbsp vegetable oil

– 9 tbsp cold filtered water

– 1.5 tbsp baking soda

– 1 tbsp vanilla extract

– pinch of salt

For filling:

– 2-3 cups strawberries, cut in halves

– 2-3 tbsp raw brown sugar

– 1 tbsp flour or cornstarch (it is used to prevent strawberry juices from leaking out of the pie).

For decoration/top:

– powdered sugar

– walnuts (or pecans)

– raisins

How to cook.

Start with making dough. Combine sifted flour, baking powder, sugar, vegetable oil and water in a bowl. Knead the dough with your hands so it forms a ball. Do not overwork it. If it is too sticky, add more flour. If it is too dry, add more water and vegetable oil using a spoon for precision. The dough should be sticky, but not too much. Cover it and place it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (to an hour).

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Wash and cut strawberries in halves. Sprinkle them with some brown sugar.

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After 30 minutes take the dough out of the fridge. Add some flour on the cutting board/any even surface and knead it a bit. When it is not sticky anymore, divide the ball into two uneven parts.

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Set the oven to 350F.

Sprinkle some vegetable oil on the baking sheet.

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Roll out the bigger part of the dough to shape it into a disk. Place this disk into the baking sheet and stretch edges upwards, so that it helps to hold strawberries. Add some flour or cornstarch to the strawberries before you place them on the bottom disk.

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Roll out a smaller part of the dough to shape it into a disk. Cover the strawberries with it, and pinch top and bottom dough disks together.

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Sprinkle some brown sugar and vegetable oil on top of the pie. You may also sprinkle some sweetened black tea on top. If you prefer baked nuts, place them on top now. You may also place them right after you take the pie out of the oven. Make small cuts on top of the pie, so that the air would come out.

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I forgot to make cuts before I placed the pie into the oven, so I had to make them a bit later.

Place your pie into the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes. Check with the toothpick if it is ready. The toothpick inserted into the center should come out without raw dough.

After you take the hot pie out of the oven, sprinkle some sugar powder and raisins on top. Let it cool before you cut it.

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Some like it hot, so allow at least a few minutes before you cut it. Some strawberry juices may still leak out, but it is ok. For easier cleaning, do not let your baking sheet dry. Better wash it immediately with warm water.

The aroma will make you forget about other things or people around you. If these people are too impatient, you will have to cut the pie into pieces and share. Well, you cannot eat your pie and have it anyway.:-)

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Enjoy!

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