Saturday, June 11, 2011

Gluten Free Pie Pops

Pumpkin Pie, Cranberry Pie, Date Walnut Pie
    Pie pops.  Oooooh...the endless possibilites of pies that could be put on a stick.  My mind swirls not just to the tried and true apple pie, but pecan, sweet potato, pumpkin, chocolate, blueberry, four berry!!! Ooooo... I just get so excited!  And what if we just make up a few... S'more, Almond Joy or Turtle pie with chocolate chips mixed with pecans and caramel.  Okay.  Okay.  I will stop now.
 

What you need:

Favorite GF Pie Crust  (I use Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook pie crust - it is Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy Free.  Another pie crust I have tried, is Jeannes's pie crust, I used shortening instead of butter.)


Filling:
      Date Walnut Filling:
  • 4 medjool dates, pitted and chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
      In a small saucepan, combine water, dates, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Cook over medium heat until it begins to boil.  Stir and mash the dates until it forms a paste.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and walnuts.  

     Cranberry Applesauce Pie
  • 1/2 cup dried sweetened Cranberries
  • 3 Tbsp walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Spectrum Shortening 
  • 1 Tbsp applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp GF all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp guar gum
      Stir together well.

      Pumpkin
  •  3/4 cup pumpkin
  • Ener-G Egg Replacer  egg made according to the package
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup dairy free milk
  • 1/2 tsp guar gum
      Beat together until well blended.


Assembly:
  1. Roll the pie dough about 1/4 inch thick.  
  2. Using cookie cutters, cut out shapes.  
  3. Using a sandwich technique, place pie crust on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Press in a lollipop stick half way through the dough.  Spoon about 1/2 tsp - 1 tsp filling, depending on size of pies.  Top with another pie crust cut out.
  4. Press together with the tines of a fork, sealing the pies together.
  5. Repeat the process until all the dough is used.  
  6. If you can have egg, feel free to brush the tops with an egg wash. Sprinkle tops with sugar.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-18 minutes. 
  8. Let cool.  
  9. Gobble them up! 

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