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The Apple Tian (a crustless pie)

(Apples, spices and nuts)
The crustless apple pie… of the century!
  • Preparation 25 minutes
  • Cooking 55 minutes
  • Power 350°F (180°C)
  • Quantity Serves 6 to 8 people (rectangular 11 in x 8 in dish)
See ingredients
  • 5-6 apples, thinly sliced with the skin (Honeycrisp)

  • 100 g (1/3 cup) Madame Labriski date puree

  • 2 eggs (or 100 g egg white)

  • 60 g (1/4 cup) milk or plant-based beverage (or light cream)

  • 14 g (2 tbsp.) almond flour (powdered almonds)

  • 2 g (1 tsp.) ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg

  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves

  • 25 g (1/4 cup) pecans

  • 25 g (1/4 cup) slivered almonds

  • Ingredients
  • Steps
  • History

Ingredients

  • 5-6 apples, thinly sliced with the skin (Honeycrisp)

  • 100 g (1/3 cup) Madame Labriski date puree

  • 2 eggs (or 100 g egg white)

  • 60 g (1/4 cup) milk or plant-based beverage (or light cream)

  • 14 g (2 tbsp.) almond flour (powdered almonds)

  • 2 g (1 tsp.) ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg

  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves

  • 25 g (1/4 cup) pecans

  • 25 g (1/4 cup) slivered almonds

12 steps

  • Wash your hands properly.

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.

  • Thinly slice the apples and try not to lose that half-apple look. (Make sure to remove the cores and seeds.)

  • In a bowl, thoroughly combine the date puree, eggs, milk, almond flour and spices.

  • Spread some of this delicious smelling mixture on the bottom and sides of the baking dish (I used a 11 in x 8 in pan).

  • Put the sliced apple halves in the dish, making sure they’re packed closely together.

  • Spread the remaining mixture over the apples.

  • Sprinkle the pecans and almonds over the apples (I also sprinkled some in between the slices).

  • Wow, how amazingly beautiful is that?!

  • Bake for 55 minutes. Oh boy, it’s going to smell so good in the house!

  • Savour that heavenly aroma. Serve warm with ice cream or cold.

  • An apple titan, hum, oops I meant tian… is always a winner. And you can eat it for dessert and even for breakfast. Let’s hear it for date puree!

History

A tian is titanic! It’s like the ultimate crustless pie you can joyfully sink your teeth into. Put a tian on your dining table, and you’ll dazzle your guests. Wow, it’s so beautiful, absolutely beautiful! This recipe could just as easily have been named the Apple Titan as a little hat’s off to the word “tian.” Hahaha!

But what exactly is a “tian”?

According to good old Wikipedia, a tian is a large, flat earthenware cooking pot or serving dish traditionally used in Provence. In Quebec, you rarely see a dessert “tian.” But because I like originality as well as reinventing myself, I thought inventing a dessert Tian would be a tasty idea.

In actual fact, a tian is the best part of a pie. What more could you ask for? Easy to make, with no added refined sugar or fat, this recipe is also naturally gluten free. Personally, I just love all the different possible takes on apples. And this one is definitely child’s play: all you do is slice the apples (without even peeling them) and then place them in a baking dish. MAGIC!

»»» For a NUT-FREE version, substitute the almonds and pecans with pumpkin and sunflower seeds and instead of almond flour (powdered almonds), use sunflower seed flour. Simple as that.

Bon appétit! Just wait and see, this apple tian is a real… titan.

DELICIOUS WARNING! Do you like the taste of caramel or vanilla? Try this recipe with caramel or vanilla date puree (with added sugar), it’s divine.

Storage

  • A week in the fridge in an airtight container.

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FAQ

Where can I buy Madame Labriski date puree?

At IGA, Rachelle Béry, Marché Tradition and Bonichoix grocery stores across Quebec. My purees contain no preservatives and can be found in the fruit and vegetable section (yes, dates are fruit) near the pre-cut fruit and vegetables. If you can’t find them, simply ask a member of staff!

The recipe calls for a plant-based beverage, can I use regular cow’s milk instead?

Yes, always.

What can I use as a substitute for one type of nut?

Simply any other type of nut you have in the cupboard (almonds, cashews, pecans, etc.). For example, if you don’t have any walnuts, you can use pecans. The important thing is not to tear your hair out!