Monday, July 25, 2011

Cherry Pineapple Pie

Healthy? Well, I certainly think there are worse things out there!

I know I keep saying that I am going to make healthier food choices, but I have been craving cherry pie for ages now. Today I decided that not only would I fulfill my craving, but i would jazz it up with another favourite fruit.. Pineapple!

Making a pie can be as simple as purchasing a pre-made pie crust and dumping canned filling into it to making everything from scratch. I have provided the from scratch version here.

Now even though this is a pie recipe, it definitely has some nutritional benefits. First - Pineapple. It is full of Bromelain which is supposed to help with digestion, breaking down proteins. Also full of vitamin C, manganese and B1, Pineapple is great for your immune system and over all health. Want to know if your pineapple is ripe without cutting it? Pull on one of the leaves and if it comes out easily, it's ripe. If it doesn't, just leave it out for a day or two.

Cherries - well to start, they are beginning to be recognized as a super fruit. They are full of antioxidant and also contain other important nutrients such as beta carotene (19 times more than blueberries or strawberries) vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber and folate. Cherries also contain melatonin, which has been found to help regulate the body’s natural sleep patterns, aid with jet lag, prevent memory loss and delay the aging process.

So even though this is a sugary somewhat fattening snack. Everything in moderation and there are lots of benefits!

Cherry-Pineapple Pie
The crust:
  • 3 cups of whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup of shortening
  • 4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water + 3 Tbsp if needed
Combine all the dry ingredients together and cut in the shortening in 3-4 batches. Once the mixture is pebbly, combine the vinegar and water and add it in in 3 batches. Add extra water by the Tbsp until the mixture forms a dough. Chill in the fridge for one hour and then cut it in half. Roll out each half to 12" circles for the bottom and top of the pie.

Or... Buy pre-made vegan pie crust (be careful of ingredients, most pre-made contains lard

The Filling
  • 5 to 6 cups fresh pitted cherries, about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice or water
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch / Kuzu / arrowroot
First prep your cherries by pitting them. Combine the cherries with remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and cook, stirring frequently for about 10 minutes. Cool and then pour into pie.

Or buy a large can of cherry pie filling!

Next, assemble the pie. First roll out the bottom crust on a piece of wax paper. Use the paper to transfer it to your pie plate. Next chop up a fresh pineapple to about 1/2 - 1" cubes (or use canned. You can use the juice from the canned pineapple to make the cherry filling). Put a handful of the chopped pineapple in the pie plate, add the cherry pie filling and then add more pineapple. Cut a small hole in the centre of the top pie crust and then place on top of the pit. Press along the edges to seal and cut of any leftover dough.

Preheat the over to 450 F. Bake the pie for 10 min and then lower the heat to 350 and cook for 40 - 50 minutes. Keep an eye on it. My crust started browning early, so to stop it from burning I put a loose piece of foil on top.

Let it cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.

See? Pie can be made in minutes if you're using the pre0made items, but a little bit of extra work and you can make a tasty pie from scratch.


  1. Those are some yummie looking recipes! I've recently moved to Montreal from the US and I haven't had much luck with finding vegan pie crusts at the supermarket. Back in NY, our local supermarket sold Mrs. Smith's but here all the brands I've seen so far contain lard :-( Do you have any hints where I might find vegan crusts? Thanks!

  2. Hey, I am not familiar with all of the shops in Montreal, but I did go to Boutique Viva Vegan once. It's on Blvd Saint-Laurent and is a vegan store. They had some baked goods. I don't know if they sell pie crust, but they may know where to get them.

    Another suggestion is to try as they have a good listing of stores that sell vegan goods.

    Hope you find something! If not, maybe try making one? It was actually pretty easy to do. :)

  3. Thanks for the advice, I'll keep looking! We've made our own crusts before, too, but nothing beats the convenience of taking a crust out of the freezer, adding some kind of filling and have tasty pie within 40 minutes...

  4. Very true! Hope you find something!