Baking

Pumpkin pies. Oh. Pies. I love you.

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The Holidays are officially approaching when every shop is crammed with all things Pumpkin. Pumpkin pie is something I’d only been introduced to on my move to the US. But ooohhh what an introduction it was. Smooth , sweet creamy and sexy. A pie in all its glory. It took me a good while to perfect myΒ  recipe. But this little plant based wonder finally hit the spot.

Now, I’m not going to go and tell you what crust to use. Everyone usually has a preferred crust, if it’s your Grandma’s, your own , the Goodhousekeeping one or if it’s one that comes pre-rolled from the freezer section at Walmart. I’m not going to judge. Just pick what you’d like. I’ll give you the recipe for what I use just incase though.

So . Confession time. I have to admit this pie turned out better with tinned Organic Pumpkin puree. Sorry. I know. If you want to make your own Pumpkin puree , I take my hat off to you! But I find they can be a little “hit n’ miss ” with reliability on flavor where as the tinned is more consistent …. excuses excuses. Forgive me ?

Ok. Now that we have that settled …..

Pie Crusts:
(this would make one big pie or three of the medium ones pictured above )

2 1/4 cups unbleached flour
2 tbs Corn flour
2 tbs Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup of Avacado oil
Iced water.

Put Flours, Sugar and Salt into a bowl. Whisk this slightly to remove any lumps. Pour in Avacado oil. Stir to combine , then add iced water 1tbs at a time till the dough comes together.
At this point give the dough a little time to rest before rolling.
When ready to roll go ahead, and pop into a non stick pie pan. At this point chill the dough in the fridge while you make your filling.

Pumpkin Pie Filling.

1 can Pumpkin.
1/3 cup Maple syrup.
1/4 cup Brown sugar (if not using proceeded sugars just double Maple Syrup.)
1 tbs Cinnamon ( use this as a guide we all have our own opinions on cinnamon )
1tsp ground Nutmeg
4 Tbs Ground flax seed.
Splash of milk of your choice (I used Almond )

Optional : a small shout of Bourbon works well here of you swing that way !

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix to incorporate. Let this sit for 15 minutes to let the flax do its magic of combining everything.

Once this is ready , fill your pie cases , and place in a preheated 375 Β° oven.
Cooking times will vary depending on what size pie you have made.
Keep an eye on it , and when edges are golden brown and filling is just set in the center, lift pies out to cool.

Tip: if the edges are getting too dark before the filling is set , cover them with foil or a crust protector.

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