Fall to me means apples, apples, and more apples! There will be a few pumpkin recipes thrown in here and there too, of course! BUT for me apples scream, “Hello Fall, Hello Cool Weather!” I have had my blog for over three years now, and I have never shared a cozy homemade pie on my blog….crazy right? It was definitely long overdue to share this pie! Now before we discuss the apple happiness…..let’s chat about The Good Bean first.
Why are we discussing The Good Bean? Well why not? No, seriously, it is a new favorite traveling snack for this traveling girl. Plus there are some sweet chickpeas nestled in the crust of the yummy pie.
So what is The Good Bean? All natural roasted chickpeas. There are four flavors of chickpeas to choose from – Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper, Smoky Chili & Lime, and Sweet Cinnamon. To decide which one is my favorite is next to impossible. Each flavor can be enjoyed depending on your mood. For example- you have a sweet tooth, eat sweet cinnamon. You are feeling you need a little spice in you life, smoky chili and lime will do just fine. AND my husband always has a craving for a salty treat, so the sea salt would be a perfect addition to your snack list. Now for me, my favorite is cracked black pepper, and I could eat it anytime of the day! To make The Good Bean rock even more, they even have Fruit and No-Nut Bars!!
The Good Bean snacks are Gluten Free, do not have GMO’s, have six grams of fiber, seven grams of protein, are low fat, and heart healthy. A perfect snack right? A couple other little pieces of info that are fun to share – 1 serving of The Good Bean has as much fiber as 2 cups of broccoli, 1 serving of The Good Bean has as much protein as an egg, 1 serving of The Good Bean has as much folate as 3 cups of spinach, and The Good Bean is a rich source of antioxidants like pomegranates. AWESOME right?
Cinnamon is one of my most favorite spices to bake with….AND there was a bag of sweet cinnamon chickpeas calling my name. Adding the sweet cinnamon chickpeas to the crust of the apple pie seemed like a perfect way to enhance the flavor of the crust. There is also brandy in the crust, not for the boozy fun, but to enhance the flavor a few more notches.
The crust I played off of was Julia Child’s classic sweet crust she uses in her Tart Aux Pommes. I have made the crust, and the Tart Aux Pommes before, and love the flavor. With the chickpeas ground up and mixed in, you get a crunchy delicious texture.
1 hr, 30 Prep Time
45 minCook Time
2 hr, 15 Total Time
In food processor or blender, grind up one package of the sweet cinnamon Good Bean.
In medium bowl - Mix together ground up cinnamon Good Bean chickpeas, flour, cinnamon, salt, and sugar. Add in cold, diced butter and mix well, break up butter until mixed into flour and mixture looks like crumbs. Slowly add in liquid on tablespoon at a time until dough mixes together, and forms into a ball. Wrap dough in a plastic covering, and chill in refrigerator for 4-6 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray 9 inch pie pan with cooking spray.
For Pie Filling:
In large bowl - mix together carefully the sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brandy.
To Assemble Pie:
On floured surface, cut chilled dough in half, roll each half of the dough out carefully, place one half of rolled out dough in greased pie pan, fill the pie pan with apple pie filling to two inches above top of pie pan. Carefully place second rolled out dough on top of pie filling, form around edges to hold filling in securely, make four slits on the top of the pie crust, and bake for 45-50 minutes depending on oven, or until crust is golden brown, and apples are tender.
So ummmmm….ya…..this pie rocked my senses for sure! Since there was a whole pie, and friends coming over for dinner, it was a perfect treat to share. We all enjoyed hubby’s roasted pork loin, and then followed it up with a delicious apple pie! Hubby and I may have outdone ourselves, we tend to go a bit crazy when it comes to cooking/baking!
Do you want to win some roasted chickpeas from The Good Bean? Well no need to wait, let’s have a fun giveaway now! I will keep the giveaway open until next Wednesday 10/23 at midnight! There will be another apple treat coming your way to celebrate the winner, WOO HOO!!! Good Luck!!!