This pie is for someone who has a really big sweet tooth and if your sweet tooth is aching right now, please make this pie immediately! LOL! If you think that this pie is loaded with sugar, it's not. The sweetness comes from the pure maple syrup, a 'natural sweetener' which claims to be healthier than ordinary sugar. Does this make you feeling better reading this? haha..
Anyway this pie is still a little more sweet for me even though i have reduced the amount of sugar there. I used just 2 tablespoons of it, i think no problem not putting it in at all. Despite it being a little too sweet, i wouldnt say it is not delicious especially with that gooey maple-y filling and pecans! I however did not add the chopped pecans into the filling but instead lay them on top of the pie. It is still nutty anyway. In the recipe instructions, it stated to boil the maple syrup to a reduced amount with a slightly thicker consistency. By boiling the syrup, it will intensify the flavour of the syrup.I was actually thinking not to boil the syrup but just used the reduced amount of syrup and mix in all the ingredients but i dared not take the risk thinking it again. I am afraid that my filling wont set as i see some other recipes that do not require boiling but with added eggs. You know, maple syrup is very expensive :) Now talking about maple syrup, this lady who sold me that bottle of maple syrup told me that a doctor told her by taking juice from half a lemon, add some water and a tablespoon of maple syrup every morning will help to whiten your skin. Wanna try? :D
Sorry for not dropping by your blogs lately ..have been tired and lazy too. This is bake along #69 and Joyce, Zoe and myself are baking this Maple Nut Pie, the linky will be up from today till 10days. Next bake along will be making French Macarons. All are welcomed to join us. Happy Baking!
Recipe ( from Willams Sonoma Baking Book )
half of the original recipe, makes one 7 inch pie
200gm plain flour
1/2 tbsp sugar
1/8 tsp salt
63gm cold butter, cut into cubes
3tbsp ice water
In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, sugar, salt and pulse to blend. Add the butter and pulse 5-6 times until the mixture of texture of coarse meal with butter pieces n larger than small peas. Add 3 tbsps of water, pulsing once after each addition and adding just enough to make a crumbly dough, it will not hold together on its own but when gathered into ball with your hands. Add more water if necessary, 1 tbsp at a time.
Transfer the dough onto a floured work surface , roll into a ball and flatten into a disk with a few gentle taps of the rolling pin. Lift the dough and give it a quarter turn and roll out. Continue to turn and roll out to a wider circumference than your pan. Transfer the dough to the pie dish or tin, trim the edge of the dough round, leaving about 2cm overhang .Fold the overhang under itself and picnh it together to create a high edge on the pan's rim. Flute the edge decoratively and freeze the pie shell until firm, about 30 minutes. ( i did not freeze the pie shell ) Lay a foil paper and put in some pie weights or raw rice and partially bake the pie shell on a preheated oven at 190C for about 20minutes, Remove the beans and further bake for another 10 minutes until the shell is pale gold. Remove from oven. While the shell is baking, can proceed to make the filling.
1 cup maple syrup
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2tbsp brown sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
90gms pecans, coarsely chopped ( i did not put this in, instead top the pie with the nut )
In a saucepan, over medium heat, bring the maple syrup to a boil and boil for about 4-5 minutes to reduce by about one fourth. Remove from heat and pour into a heatproof bowl or measuring pitcher. The syrup should reduced to about 3/4 cup or a little less. If necessary, return to boil until the syrup is sufficiently reduced. Let cool down for a while before proceeding.
In a bowl, stir together the eggs, sugar, reduced maple syrup, salt, melted butter and vanilla until well mixed. Add the pecans and stir well. Pour into the the partially baked pie shell , making sure the pecans are evenly distributed. ( i top the shell with pecans instead ) Bake the pie until the center is slightly puffed and firm to touch, about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove and let cool on the wiring rack.
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