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Makes one 9-inch pie
Another 4th of July treat I made was blueberry pie. While we already knew we had to bring something as our main, which ended up being these Sloppy Js, but I assumed the dessert options would be limited. The classic dessert to have on the 4th would be a fruit pie. Coincidentally, it is also one of the easiest desserts to veganize since you're only replacing one ingredient: butter. Heck, some people accidentally make vegan pies all the time using shortening! (So long as they aren't also egg washing the crust, that is.)
When looking into vegan replacements for butter, it's difficult to find something that isn't super processed and awful for you. I avoid margarine and anything that may contain GMOs like the plague. There is such a thing as organic vegetable shortening, or you can search for a Non-GMO Verified brand, but there are also other replacements. Using oil works just as well, but to step up you oil-crust game, you can try using coconut oil. When cold, coconut oil is solid, so you can cut it in to the dough much like you would shortening or butter. All three options, shortening, oil, or coconut oil, will give you a flaky crust. The choice is more about preference and convenience for you.
When it comes to my pie filling, I'm very strict about which pies belong to which season. So many people eat apple pies on 4th of July and it truly bothers me, to the very core. Apple pie is a pie to be eaten during autumn. There's no reason to make an apple pie in the middle of summer when you have so many delicious berries and fruits that aren't available in the colder months. Save it for Thanksgiving, when it can truly shine.
My original plan was to make two pies, one blueberry and one strawberry rhubarb. The idea was to put a bunch of cut-out stars on the blueberry and make the strawberry rhubarb a lattice top, ya know, stars and stripes.. red, white and blue. The vision in my head was just so Americana, kitschy, and adorable. I'm actually not a very festive person and I don't particularly like very many holidays, but if I have the opportunity to bake something that is cute and themed, I'm all over it. Unfortunately, this vision didn't last long. The grocery store didn't have any rhubarb and then I realized I only have one pie tin. Well, Brennan loves blueberries, so I had to go with that filling. I still stuck with the star theme.. because I just had to.
My name is Ellen Jane and I spend my free time doing vegan experiments in my kitchen so you don't have to. Take a look around.