Apple pies are a staple in almost every kitchen. In fact, we can confidently assume that every baker has an apple pie recipe stored in his/her back pocket ready to go at any given moment. Enjoyed for their flaky crusts and yummy, gooey apple filling centers, it’s understandable how this dessert might be difficult to reinvent. But fret no more, this nostalgic treat can be reimagined in a healthier, more sustainable or creative way, while still preserving its heritage.
Undoubtedly, the guest of honor of any party, gathering or event, the apple pie is a true American classic, right? Well, not quite. According to history, this decadent delight gets its origins, influences and ingredients from all around the world – Europe, France, the Netherlands, and the Middle East, to name just a few! And, interestingly enough, apple trees were not even native to North America until after the Europeans settled here. But considering that America’s very foundation is built on a marriage of different cultures, the iconic phrase, “as American as apple pie,” couldn’t be more accurate!
Even classics like apple pies have room for reinvention! Spice things up by incorporating a layer of Belgian white chocolate mousse, while still keeping its classic flavors. Or add a pop of natural color to enhance its appearance. Our studies show that food that’s appealing to the eye is considered to be tasty as well.
Health is not just about removing ingredients anymore. It’s also about adding ingredients believed to be beneficial to one’s health. Want to reinvent the apple pie in a healthier way? Try adding grains. Not only do they add fiber, but a nice layer of texture too.
Apple filling that’s free from artificial ingredients can likewise make it healthier. These tweaks can ensure your customers have “better for you” options from which to choose.
It’s no surprise that sustainability has been a growing concern for consumers lately. According to recent studies, health and sustainability are becoming more and more intertwined. In other words, people who are concerned about their health are more likely to care about sustainability and take concrete actions towards it as well. Reinventing your apple pie in a more sustainable way can be as easy as making it plant-based. Consumers find plant-based appealing because it’s viewed as being better for both, one’s health and the planet.