Great British Bake Off night is date night in my house. Which is, admittedly, a weird date night for two vegans because we can’t really eat anything they make. So mostly our date night consists of looking at food porn, and wondering if and how it could be veganised. Yeah, probably not a great date night by most people’s standards, but I like it.
Last night was the night of the pies in Bake Off terms, so I decided to make a pie for us to enjoy while we watched. I took Ebony to the woods near our house, and we collected an impressive amount of wild blackberries. Ebony likes foraging, and knows not to pick the lighter coloured blackberries. After we filled our tupperware (and Ebony’s tummy), we headed home to start baking.
I decided to make a sweet, sugary pie for date night, and some mini sugar-free bites for Ebony to enjoy. I used this recipe for the pastry, but doubled the ingredients and substituted the butter for Vitalite, and the lard for shortening. I dedicated some of the pastry for Ebony’s pie, and kept it aside.
I preheated the oven to 200°C, and prepared a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
For the inside of the sugar-free vegan blackberry bites, I used:
- ¼ cup blackberries
- ¼ cup of granny smith apple (peeled, cored and sliced thinly)
- 1 tbsp chopped dates
Ebony rolled out the pastry herself. Several times. And dropped some of it on the floor. And ate some. Then we put the filling ingredients onto the rolled out pastry, and folded it in to create a sealed pocket. I used a skewer to mark holes in the top to allow the steam to escape during cooking, and then placed it on the baking tray in the oven for 30 minutes.
The filling was sweet and tasty, and Ebony enjoyed having hers with a glass of almond milk before bed.
This post is part of Vegan Mofo.