Apples are a dog friendly fruit as long as you remove the seeds and stem! Full of fiber and Vitamin C, apples are a great way to give your dog a little boost of energy! As a high calorie treat please limit this treat in portion sizes.
What kind of apples should you use for this recipe? Washington apples are fabulous, but please just make sure your apples are organic in order to limit pesticide exposure to you OR your dog!
2 1/2 cups organic unbleached, all-Purpose Flour
1/3 cup organic olive oil
1/2 cup organic milk
7 to 10 tablespoons ice water
8 cups peeled, cored, sliced apples
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup boiled cider or undiluted apple juice concentrate
2 tablespoons olive oil
To make the crust: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and olive oil until mixture is crumbly.
Add the water 2 tablespoons at a time, mixing with a fork as you sprinkle the water into the dough.
When the dough is moist enough to hold together when you squeeze it, transfer it to a piece of wax or parchment paper.
Fold the dough over on itself three or four times to bring it together, then divide it into two pieces. Save one for your next pie!
Roll each disk on its edge, like a wheel, to smooth out the edges. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes before rolling.
Lightly grease a 9″ pie pan that’s at least 2″ deep.
To make the filling: Combine the sliced apples and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, flour and spices. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples, and stir to coat them. Stir in the boiled cider or apple juice concentrate. Transfer your pie crust to the prepared pan, and trim the edges so they overlap the rim of the pan by an inch all the way around.
Spoon the apple filling into the pan. Dot the top with the olive oil.
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
Place the pie on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake the pie for 20 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 375°F and bake for 40 minutes more, until you see the filling bubbling inside the pie. Check the pie after half an hour of baking time, and cover the edges with foil or a pie shield to keep them from browning too quickly, if necessary.
When the pie is done, remove it from the oven and cool it completely before slicing.
Disclaimer: Consult a vet before making any changes to your dog’s diet. This is meant as an occasional treat and not a meal replacement. Limit portion size.
Pie may be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.