The Turkey is finished. It is time for all to relax for a bit
with Dessert and Coffee ( or football), before all the work of clean-up. Yes, I
know, most of you will be so stuffed that you won't want this goodie, until
after the dishes are done. Well, that's not a bad idea at all. Once you have
burned all those calories scrubbing up, surely you deserve a sweet reward. This
unusual Pie is Non-Dairy, yet smooth and creamy. It is the perfect accompaniment
to the afterglow of a job well done.
Pumpkin Filling Layer
1 3/4 cups Pumpkin, cooked and pureed (tinned will do)
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 tablespoon Flour
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground Ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground Nutmeg
Maple Filling Layer
1 cup Real Maple Syrup
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
Pecan Pastry Crust
1 cup finely chopped Pecans
1 1/3 cups Flour
1/3 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Margarine
2 Egg Yolks
1 Egg White
1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
For the Pecan Pastry Crust- Put the Pecans in a small skillet. Place the skillet
over a medium heat. Cook the Pecans, stirring constantly, until they are a light
golden brown. Immediately, pour the toasted Pecans into another container and
allow them to cool. Do NOT leave them in the pan to cool, or the retained heat
will burn the Pecans, and make them bitter.
In a small cup, mix the Egg Yolks and Vanilla Extract, then set aside until
needed. Put the Flour and Sugar into a large mixing bowl, and combine. Mix in
the cooled Pecans. Add the Margarine, and mix with your hands, by rubbing all
the ingredients together until the mixture is totally combined and has a crumbly
Add the Egg Yolk Mixture to the Flour mixture and mix only until the dough
begins to hold together. Press the dough into a 10 inch ovenproof glass pie
plate, forming an edge at the top. The dough is a bit sticky. Pour the Egg White
into the crust, and spread it over the entire surface, smoothing the dough. Pour
out any excess Egg White and discard. Place the crust in an oven which has been
preheated to 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and fill.
For the Pumpkin layer- Combine all ingredients by beating until smooth. Pour
into the Pecan Pastry Crust.
For the Maple layer- Combine all ingredients by beating until smooth. Pour VERY
GENTLY over the Pumpkin layer.
To Bake- Place the pie gently in an oven which has been preheated to 325
degrees. Allow to bake for approximately 1 hour. When done, the pie will be
puffed, and may show a few cracks in the filling. As it cools, it will sink, and
the cracks will disappear. Cool thoroughly before serving.