Ultimate Walnut Pie Crust with Pumpkin Filling
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are a big part of the holiday season for many people, but if you
find yourself doing something strictly out of tradition
and not because you particularly enjoy it, then its time for
a new tradition. Or maybe, just time for a new recipe.
Take pumpkin pie its hard to imagine Thanksgiving without
one, but too often its a soggy, bland dessert that disappoints.
Made with a cup of sugar
and white flour crust, its an indulgence thats not always
But what if
you broke from the traditional recipe by taking the granulated sugar
and flour out and it actually made the pie taste better? What if
this new and slightly untraditional version of pumpkin pie had a
buttery, crunchy crust and silky-smooth filling? Sure, you could
call this new and improved version Primal Pumpkin Pie, or, you could
just call it by another name: Damn Good Pie.
The best place
to start the re-invention of pumpkin, or really any pie youre
serving, is with the crust. Nut-based crusts dont have the
exact same flavor or texture as a crust that you roll out from a
flour-based dough. However, the buttery-crumbly texture and naturally
sweet flavor of a nut crust will pair really well with any of your
favorite pie fillings: pumpkin, apple, berry, other fruits and
chocolate. The natural sweetness of nuts also means that you can
add less sweetener to your pie filling. Also, nut-based crusts are
filling, so a small slice of pie is likely to fill you up and satisfy.
walnuts tend to make crusts that hold together better than other
nuts and using a tart pan instead of a pie plate gives the crust
better shape. To avoid a soggy bottom, pre-bake the crust, then
add your filling and continue baking until the filling is done.
Nut crusts are a little fragile, so let the pie cool completely
before cutting into it and use care when removing the pie from the
of Primal Pumpkin Pie is made with coconut
milk instead of heavy cream, which gives the pumpkin a silky
texture but doesnt impart any detectable coconut flavor.
A little bit of arrowroot powder ensures that the coconut milk filling
firms up, or, you can opt to use heavy cream instead of coconut
milk and skip the arrowroot. However, the coconut milk also gives
the pie just a hint of sweetness, so a scant 3 tablespoons of maple
syrup for the entire pie is the only additional sweetener needed.
Throw in a generous blend of baking spices and their aroma alone
will have you salivating as the pie bakes.
When you, and
even your non-Primal friends and family, take a bite of Primal Pumpkin
Pie it will confirm that change is a good thing. There is, however,
one pie tradition thats worth keeping a dollop of whipped
cream on top (of course, you can always make
it with coconut milk instead of whole cream).
for pumpkin pie is a way to indulge without straying too far from
healthy eating goals, but just because a dessert is Primal doesnt
mean you have a free pass to eat the whole thing by yourself. Primal
or not, dessert
is still dessert, a treat to be savored in moderation and shared
with those you love. Besides, pie isnt the only thing on the
table. Fill up on succulent
turkey, holiday veggies, and savory
stuffing first. Then treat yourself to a bite of something sweet.
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November 24, 2011
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