I wanted to make this pie earlier, but I've been sick. And the oven does not happen when I'm sick... tea, bed, and bad tv shows happen when I'm sick.
But I'm slightly better now... so it's PIE time!
Although I'm from Canada... I don't really think I ever got involved in maple pies and/or tarts.
I know the maple fudge, which, importantly, is also done in a plain sugar version (sucre à la crème - my grandmama is actually the bomb at this recipe). I know maple doughnuts (duhh!). And, obviously, I'm familiar with the (my favourite) Canadian nanaimo bar...
But... maple pie? Nope, never had one.
Despite my ignorance on the matter, I have seen some variations of this pie trending around the interwebs lately, and I thought since it's now officially really cold that I should get involved in this winter wonderland style of dessert!
Plus - what a way to celebrate the fact that in LESS THAN ONE MONTH I will be voyaging back to the homeland, hiking boots (a necessary tool for navigating the icy Montreal streets) and parka in tow.
I've adapted this recipe to be vegan... cause, ya know, that's sometimes how I roll... and November is vegan awareness month! Hollaaaaaa.
Pumpkin Maple Pie - What you need:
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons agar agar flakes
+ 1 crust recipe*
*I used this crust recipe... and I followed it exactly except for the fact that I switched out the cornstarch and used arrow root instead. Also, to make it vegan just replace the butter with vegan margarine.
Pumpkin Maple Pie - What you do:
Prepare your pie crust. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius (350F).
After melting the coconut oil, stir in the agar agar while the oil is still hot.
Next, whisk all of the pie ingredients together in a large bowl until everything is well incorporated.
Pour the pie filling into the prepared crust.
Bake at 180C for 20 minutes.
While the filling cuts well and stays nicely put after slicing, this pie does not set exactly like the average pumpkin pie. That's totally cool by me... just sayin'.
Baking soundtrack - Tunes to inspire your inner baker:
NPR DOES RADIO?
Yes, yes they do. (They've been doing this for ages, I'm just slow.)
For some reason I adore hip hop/r&b/rap music... and the Youth Radio's AllDayPlay channel is just great. It's mostly the aforementioned genre, but throws in some nice pop-y or electric tunes every so often. Also, if you have the NPR music app, which you should totally get involved in, you can stream all the radio channels from your lovely hand held device.