Zucchini can be a crazy little plant. Last week, after zucchini pasta, zucchini quiche and eight loaves of zucchini bread, I found myself wracking my brain for ways to use the unending pile of squash sitting on my counter. Desperately I wondered “if it works in bread, could it work in a pie?”
A pure zucchini pie seemed like a stretch so I strolled around the farmer’s market until I came across a bag of small baking apples. Yes! It would be apple pie but not! Toss in some fat, juicy raspberries and suddenly it would be not only a great use of my garden bounty, but a “haute” apple pie for my first post – slightly offbeat and definitely desirable.
Double Pie Crust:
(or feel free to use your own crust!)
1 1/4C shortening
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vinegar
1C ice water (you may not use it all)
1 egg, beaten
1 bag of small, tart apples; peeled, cored, thinly sliced
3-4C zucchini; peeled and thinly sliced
2 pkgs raspberries
1/2C sugar, plus extra for dusting
¼C brown sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Preheat oven to 375. Peel, core and slice apples and zucchini, keeping slices of similar thickness for even baking. Place on baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon, salt and lemon juice. Toss over zucchini and apple slices, coating evenly and bake for 15-20 minutes or until fruit is slightly soft. Let cool while making your crust and gently stir in raspberries.
In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Separately, combine vinegar and ice water. Cut the shortening in grape-sized chunks into the dry mixture. Begin adding water to the dry mixture, 1-2 Tbsp at a time as you use your hands (take off any rings first!) or a scraper to work the shortening into the flour. Continue adding water until all the flour is worked in and dough holds together but is not sticky (you may not use all the water). If dough gets too sticky, dust in more flour. Divide the dough into 2 balls and place each ball between 2 sheets of floured waxed or parchment paper. Roll out each ball with a rolling pin until it is flat and large enough to cover a pie dish.
Place one rolled crust in the bottom of the pie dish and pour in the fruit filling. Gently place the second sheet on top. Pinch together the edges of the two crusts using your thumb/forefinger and other thumb to push the crust into a “U” shape.
Use a knife to create 6 ventilation slits in the top crust. Brush a beaten egg over the crust and dust with sugar. Bake at 375 for 45-55 min. until crust is lightly golden in color, rotating the pie after 25 minutes for even baking.
The verdict: Delicious! The zucchini really takes on the flavors of the other fruit and has a consistency that’s nearly identical to the apples. It received positive reviews from my husband’s pleasantly surprised family.