MAPLE PECAN PIE
1 Pie Shell Dough, make ahead
1 tbsp (15 ml) milk
6 tbsp (90 ml) unsalted butter
½ cup (125 ml) sugar
½ cup (125 ml) packed brown sugar
¼ tsp (1 ml) salt
1 tbsp (15 ml) flour
3 large eggs
1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
1 cup (250 ml) pure maple syrup
2 cups (500 ml) lightly toasted, coarsely chopped pecans
Pastry Maple Leaves, for garnish, make ahead
PIE SHELL DOUGH:
2 tbsp (30 ml) vinegar
2 tbsp (30 ml) water
3 cups (750 ml) all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
1 pinch salt
3 tbsp (45 ml) sugar
⅔ cup (150 ml) butter, chilled, cubed in to 1-in (2.5 cm) chunks
⅔ cup (150 ml) vegetable shortening or margarine, chilled, cubed into 1-in (2.5) chunks
PASTRY MAPLE LEAVES:
1 Pie Shell Dough
flour, for dusting
3 tbsp (45 ml) water
- Place 1 portion of chilled Pie Shell Dough on clean, lightly flour-dusted surface. Roll into a round circle to cover base and sides of a 9-in (23 cm) fluted pie plate. Cut any excess dough to form a smooth, even edge in line with rim of pie dish. Using a fork, poke holes along base and sides of pie shell. Chill pie shell in freezer for at least 30 minutes, up to 1 week.
- Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C).
- Lightly brush edge and rim of pie shell with milk. Place a square piece of lightly greased tinfoil over pie shell to loosely cover base and sides (greased side touches pastry). Using a fork, poke holes into dough through tinfoil. Place pie weights or use dried beans to cover foil and bake for 15 minutes.
- In medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Mix sugars, salt and flour together and add to melted butter. Stir until all ingredients are well incorporated. Remove from heat.
- In a separate bowl, lightly whisk eggs, vanilla extract and maple syrup. Slowly add to butter mixture, stirring constantly. Add pecans.
- As soon as pie shell comes out of oven, reduce temperature to 300 F (150 C). Remove foil and pie weights. Pour filling into hot pastry shell and return to oven. Continue to bake for about 1 hour; edges should seem set, while centre would still be slightly wobbly. Remove from oven and let rest for at least 4 hours, otherwise filling may not hold together when cut. If possible, let rest overnight. When ready to serve, reheat as desired and garnish with Pastry Maple Leaves.
- To make PIE SHELL DOUGH: In a bowl, lightly whisk eggs then add vinegar and water and mix to combine. Cover and place in freezer for few minutes while preparing other ingredients for pastry.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt and sugar. Invert contents on a clean surface. Scatter cubes of butter and shortening evenly over flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter or knife, cut butter and shortening into flour until mixture resembles dry oatmeal. Create a well in middle of flour mixture and slowly pour in chilled egg mixture, a little at a time, to incorporate all flour. Using fingertips, combine to form a ball. If sticky, dust with a tiny amount of flour. Be careful not to add too much, or dough could turn dry.
- Divide dough into 2 equal portions (1 for Maple Pecan Pie, 1 reserved for Pastry Maple Leaves) and shape into disks, cover with plastic wrap and rest for about 30 minutes in refrigerator. Pastry can be prepared up to 3 days in advance and stored in refrigerator.Makes 2 portions pie shell dough
- To make PASTRY MAPLE LEAVES: Arrange oven rack to upper middle position and preheat to 350 F (180 C).
- Roll out dough, about ¼-in (0.5 cm) thick. Using cookie cutters shaped like maple leaves, cut out several pastry leaves and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using curved edge of a teaspoon, lightly press into each leaf to create veins of leaves. Chill in freezer for about 15 minutes.
- In a small bowl, lightly whisk egg and water to make egg wash. Remove pastry leaves from freezer and brush with egg wash. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack until ready to use. Makes several maple leaves for garnish.