Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dairy Free Pecan Pie

Dairy Free Pecan Pie

Well, I had no desire for pumpkin pie this year and decided to go for pecan pie.  I've always shied away from pie making...maybe because the one early attempt I made at a Lemon Merengue pie was a huge FLOP!  But I was like 14 or something when I did that and ever since, I always thought a pie was a lot of work and just not my thing.  Anyways....
I wanted to make a pie that was milk free since I can't have any milk products.  I remembered a pie crust recipe my mother in law gave me that is really simple and uses oil rather than butter.  Here is the dairy free pie crust recipe.
Pie Crust
1 cup + 2 TBSP flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup oil
2 TBSP cold water

Mix the flour and salt together in a medium bowl with a fork.  then add the oil and water and mix until you can form a soft ball with the pastry.  
Place the ball on the center of some parchment paper.  Press down with your hand and then roll out into a circle that is slightly larger than your pie plate.  
Flip parchment paper over with rolled out pastry over your pie dish and transfer it to the pie plate.  

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1 3/4 cups white sugar
1/4 cup dark corn syrup
1/4 cup butter (I used Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks)
1 tablespoon cold water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
in a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter, water, and cornstarch. Bring to a full boil, and remove from heat.
in a large bowl, beat eggs until frothy. Gradually beat in cooked syrup mixture. Stir in salt, vanilla, and pecans. Pour into pie shell.
  Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until filling is set

Well I guess this isn't technically 100% "dairy free" because there are eggs in the pie, but I can have eggs, it's just the milk/butter products I need to avoid.   I also added an extra 1/4 cup chopped pecans because it seemed like it could use a little more.  And of course just substituted the butter for the Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks.  Now my holiday cooking is DONE!  My sexy hubby will be taking care of the rest....oh yea! 


Crystal Escobar said...

Dairy free! That is awesome! I try to stay away from dairy when I can, but I LOVE cheese :)

Candace @ Candace Creations said...

I know...It can be hard at times...but it's worse having a cranky baby. However, even after I'm done nursing I think I will try to avoid most dairy still....maybe only cheating a little here and there, Right now, all my clothes are tight jeans from college are baggy...and I feel like it's due to not drinking so much milk and eating as much popcorn with butter on it and pretty much all the other good creamy stuff out there!!! lol

Candace @ Candace Creations said...

PS, This pie crust wasn't the did the job, but is was very hard, not soft or flaky. It's the same recipe my MIL used and it turned out good when she made pie, so I don't know what went wrong with mine! :( I didn't even feel like eating it, and normally I love to eat the pie crust!