Thursday, December 4, 2008

Sweetie Pies

I am a firm believer than when it comes to food it is very important to listen to your body. Taking the time to recognize what you are truly craving, what your body not only wants but needs at that given meal or moment and then when you figure out what it is you want taking the time to prepare and then really enjoy and savor every scrumptious bite. That’s how I like to eat and how I feel one can truly come to fully appreciate food for all of its nourishment and deliciousness. 


So, when after a long day of working hard at multiple jobs, meetings, and errands on a day that by Southern California standards was pretty darn chilly I arrived home and found myself feeling famished, I searched my heart for what my body desired and without hesitation it replied...


Apple pie!


Now at the late hour of 11 pm when you are already in for the night and know you must rise again in less than 9 hours for another equally busy day the thought of spending hours making a gluten free apple pie from scratch seems laborious to even the most adventurous of baker. Lucky for me I had all the provisions on hand for an impromptu quick applepieish dish of sorts.


Midnight Apple Pie Waffles




2 Vans Apple Cinnamon Waffles

1 baking apple, peeled and sliced into small squares

1 teaspoons brown sugar

A sprinkle of cinnamon

Earth balance or butter




Pop the waffles in the toaster and while they are toasting gather the ingredients for the apple topping. In a small sauté pan heat a dab of earth balance or butter until bubbly and then add to that the apples. Sautee apples for a few minutes until slightly softened then add to this the brown sugar and cinnamon, sauté until the sugar has dissolved and the apples are softened completely.


Spread a smidge more earth balance on the toasted waffles and then top each waffle with the sautéed apples.


Warm, sweet, and ready in less time than it would take to peel all the apples needed to make a whole pie. The waffle was scrumptious as is but I think would be even tastier served with a small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.


The waffles were the perfect solution to m late night pie craving.  I think they would work for other pie cravings too.


Blueberry Cheesecake = Vans Blueberry waffle + cream cheese sweetened with brown sugar + frozen or fresh blueberries warmed in the microwave


Pumpkin pie = Vans Homestyle or Flax Waffle + pumpkin butter


Pecan Pie = Vans Homestyle Waffle + maple syrup + tablespoon of chopped toasted pecans + sprinkling of sweetened shredded coconut


Strawberry Pie = Vans Homestyle Waffle + fresh whipped cream + fresh sliced strawberries


Chocolate Cream Pie = Vans Homestyle Waffle + Nutella or favorite chocolate spread + whipped cream


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