Zucchini Mock Apple Pie Recipe
Are you inundated with zucchini? Does your garden keep producing?
Or do you find zucchini left secretly on your doorstep, obviously from a friend or neighbor that has simply had enough?
You are not alone! But please be thankful! You will love this Zucchini Mock Apple Pie recipe.
Did you know that there are approximately 20 calories in one cup of sliced zucchini? One cup of sliced apples has approximately 65 calories. Therefore, 8 cups of apples is 520 calories and 8 cups of zucchini is only 160 calories. Quite a big difference.
You’ll have fun with this recipe when your guests believe you made a delicious apple pie. After you tell them the truth, they will be amazed that there are absolutely no apples, just zucchini.
Let's get started.
Okay, Tell The Truth!
Have you ever complained that you have too much zucchini from your garden or as “gifts” from your friends and neighbors?
Zucchini Mock Apple Pie Ingredients
- 7-8 cups fresh, young zucchini, peeled, seeded and sliced like apples (Note: even using 6 cups of zucchini is fine too)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small 1/2 inch pieces
- Pastry for a 2-crust pie (I use Pillsbury pie crusts found in the dairy section at my grocer)
Zucchini Mock Apple Pie Instructions
- Parboil the zucchini by dropping the prepared slices into boiling water and cooking for 2 minutes. Drain and cool. (see photo below)
- Using a medium mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the butter. Toss with the cooled zucchini to coat well.
- Roll out one pastry and place into the bottom of a glass 9-inch pie plate. Roll out the second pastry and cut into strips to make a lattice top to your pie.
- Pour zucchini mixture into the pie shell and spread evenly. Scatter small pieces of butter over top. (see photo below)
- Apply pastry strips to create a lattice crust. (see video below)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees (at first). Place pie in oven at this temperature for approximately 15 minutes.
- Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees. Continue baking for approximately 35 minutes. Remove from oven when juices bubble up from the crust and the pastry is a golden brown.
- Cool and serve.
- Options: Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
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Zucchini Mock Apple Pie Photo Gallery
Below are photos that will help guide you through this great recipe.
Brown sugar and white sugar.
Cinnamon, corn starch, salt & cream of tartar. Vinegar. Butter.
Zucchini and pie crusts.
Zucchini ~ 7-8 cups peeled, seeded and sliced.
Parboil zucchini for two minutes.
Bottom pie crust. All ingredients except butter mixed and spread onto crust. Butter pieces scattered on top.
Really bad lattice work on top of pie. (It's okay if you laugh:)
Well, the pie tasted awesome but do not pay attention to my lattice work. Please watch the video below on how to make a proper lattice topping.
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Interesting Facts about Zucchini
- Zucchini plants have male and female flower blossoms. After the male blossoms open to release their pollen, they fall off the plant. Only the female blossoms can produce zucchini. And, the blossoms are edible!
- The ideal size to pick zucchini is 8 inches long. It should feel firm when gently pressed. The heavier it is for its size, the better, because this means it is sufficiently moist.
- When zucchini gets too large, it can taste bitter and become “woody.”
- Zucchini is very low in calories and is packed with nutritional value.
- There is a band called “The Zucchini Brothers” from New York that performs music for children.
- Zucchini contains Vitamin C which is an antioxidant beneficial for asthma patients and those with cardiovascular diseases as well as various cancers.
- There is more potassium in zucchini than in a banana.
- Zucchini is known to help control high cholesterol.
- Zucchini assists in keeping your bones strong and healthy because of its magnesium and phosphorus content.
So, did you laugh at my lattice work?
It's okay, I sure did! But the good news is that the video below will show you how to properly make a woven lattice top as well as a simpler version, both of which look great and nothing like the crust on my Zucchini Mock Apple Pie.
But seriously, no matter how your pie crust turns out, I believe you will enjoy the overall awesome taste.
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