Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Maple Pecan Pie : Bake-Along #69

It's time for our Bake-Along #69, Maple Pecan Pie, selected by Zoe to bake together with Lena, myself and anyone who wishes to bake-along with us.

Pure maple syrup is really expensive over here, so I have substituted with Lyle's Golden Syrup Maple Flavour. If you are a maple syrup purist, you would probably be shaking your head, but if I make a full recipe, I would probably need to spend about RM60 just for the maple syrup alone, and that is the price for the cheapest brand.  Pecans are very expensive as well.



To make the crust, I've used the food processor to mix the dough, and use only about 3/4 tbsp of water. The dough is soft and a little sticky, I should have omitted the water! The sticky dough was a little difficult to manage but I managed to line the pie pan with the dough, after lots of patching up! Can you see from the photo above, one part of the crust has dropped off, yes, it was so flaky and tender that I broke a little of the crust after baking.

The filling is made by cooking the maple syrup (Lyle's golden syrup) until it is reduced to 1-1/2 cups, and let cool to room temperature before proceeding. It is then stirred together with eggs, brown sugar, salt, melted butter and vanilla until evenly mixed. The pecans are added in, stir well to combine and this filling is poured onto the partially baked pie crust, making sure the pecan is evenly distributed. The pie is baked for about 30-35 minutes. (I baked mine for about 38 minutes).


Lyle's Golden Syrup - Maple Flavour, the closest that I can sub for pure maple syrup.


A slice of "Maple" Pecan Pie. I really love the buttery flaky crust. It was so flaky and buttery. The filling is a little sweet. I should have omitted the brown sugar which I wanted to omit in the beginning, but decided to follow the recipe instead. The pecans are so yummy, baked to a crispy crunch and delicious with the sticky syrup, which is a little soft and gooey.


The recipe recommends to serve this pie with whipped cream, but I think ice cream is the best!



Maple Pecan Pie
(adapted from "The Williams-Sonoma Baking Book")
makes one 9-inch (23cm) pie, or 8 servings
Flaky Pastry Dough (refer below*)
For the filling :
2 cups (22oz/690g) maple syrup
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup (2oz/60gm) firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla butter
1-1/2 cups (6oz/185gm) pecans, coarsely chopped

Roll out the dough disk into a 12-inch (30-cm) round. Transfer the dough round to a 9-inch (23-cm) pie pan or dish. Trim the edge of the dough round, leaving 3/4 inch (2cm) of overhang. Fold the overhang under itself and pinch it together to create a high edge on the pan's rim. Flute the edge decoratively. Refrigerate or freeze the pie shell until firm, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, place an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 375F (190C). Partially bake the pie shell ; Remove the pastry shell from the refrigerator or freezer. Line with a sheet of aluminium foil or parchment (baking) paper large enough to overhang the sides, patting the foil into the bottom and up over the sides. Cover the bottom of the shell with a generous layer of pie weights or raw short-grain rice on top of the foil. The weights help prevent the pastry from shrinking during baking. Bake for 20 minutes, then lift an edge of the foil to check the dough. If it looks wet, continue to bake, checking it every 5 minutes, until it is pale gold. The total baking time will be 25-30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Reduce the oven temperature to 350F (180C).

In a saucepan, over medium-high heat, bring the maple syrup to a boil and boil for 8-10 minutes to reduce by about one-fourth. Remove from the heat and pour into a heatproof measuring pitcher. The syrup should be reduced to 1-1/2 cups (12 oz/375gm). If necessary, return the syrup to the saucepan and continue to boil until sufficiently reduced. Let cool to room temperature before proceeding.

In a bowl, stir together the eggs, brown sugar, reduced maple syrup, salt, melted butter, and vanilla until well mixed. Add the pecans and stir well. Pour into partially baked pie shell, making sure the pecans are evenly distributed.

Bake the pie until the center is slightly puffed and firm to the touch, 30-35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool until just slightly warm, about 45 minutes. Slice into wedges and serve with the whipped cream.


* Flaky Pastry Dough
Makes dough for one 9-inch (23-cm) single crust pie or one 10-inch (25-cm galette
1-1/4 cup (200gm) all-purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (125gm) cold unsalted butter
3 tbsp ice water, plus more if needed

In a bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, and salt and pulse to blend. Add the butter and pulse 5 or 6 times, until the mixture is the texture of coarse meal with butter pieces no larger than small peas. Add the 3 tbsp water through the feed tube, pulsing once after each addition and adding just enough to make a crumbly dough; it will not hold together on its own but will when gathered into a ball with your hands. If the dough is dry, mix in more water 1 tbsp at a time.



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19 comments:

  1. i'm gonna have a good feast of maple pecan pie ... i always enjoy the moment where the 3 of you upload the similar bake together.. u know, the "people's power"...

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  2. I always fear baking pies and tarts. The dough part is not easy to master. :S

    Still thinking should I try baking this maple pecan pie. Hmmm...

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  3. Haha yes, maple syrup sure is expensive in KL. We bought a bottle when we were making pancakes once, and I told hubby it's the most expensive pancakes ever in KL! LOL.

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  4. Hi Joyce, oh yes pecan is expensive here too. That slice of pie topped with ice cream looks so yummy.

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  5. Joyce, I always wondered how Pecan Pie taste like and from what I read here, it is delicious! And yes, ice cream is definitely a better topping than whipped cream LOL! Maple Syrup and Pecans are so expensive and I have to think twice before baking this pie because I am not sure if mine will turn out or else my money would be wasted hah..hah...

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  6. hahaha I love Lyle's Golden Syrup - Maple too! Gonna give this maple pecan pie a miss as my kids not a fan of nutty pastries.

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  7. hi joyce, yes, this is an expensive pie and also my first time cooking maple syrup. i was stingy thinking that i did not feel like boiling the maple syrup as to reduce it..haha..

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  8. Pecans ain't cheap over here either. Your maple pecan pie looks worth every single penny.

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  9. I do love pecans and they are getting expensive but I am never without some in the house. What a delicious looking pie, Joyce!

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  10. Hi Joyce , Been to Lena , Zoe and now you , I will be making all three , my pecan trees (2) have an abundance crop this year . Thanks fir sharing :)

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  11. i just adore maple with nuts. I think its such a wonderful combo of flavor and texture. This pie looks insanely delicious. Job well done my friend

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  12. Hi Joyce, this pie looked absolutely divine, and yes, pecan are expensive...

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  13. Hi Joyce,

    What do you think about the sweetness of your tart? Is this substitution making your tart just right to eat? I like the sweet and salty taste of these tart and I think the golden syrup will work very well too for this recipe :D

    Totally agree that maple syrup especially the B graded ones and the pecan nuts are very expensive. This priceless quality-bake is only found in our homes... Agreed?

    Zoe

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  15. Joyce, I love the idea of flaky tarts. It always make eating tarts a beauty especially with buttery and flaky tarts. I love them!! You are right about that. Pecans are so expensive but they really taste very delicious in tarts. This is a good choice to make! Hopefully I will have a chance to make this with you guys too :) Best of all, I love ice-cream with tarts ;)

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  16. Hi Joyce, your pie looks absolutely delicious and very expensive lol! Would love to try if I can get people to sponsor me the ingredients :P

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  17. HI Joyce, sorry that I have gone missing for so long. If I don't update my blog, I think I will keep missing in action, hahaha. I think when people talk about nut pie, pecan pie will taste the best! In the past, I hardly had any pecan nuts, only this year I started to appreciate them more. Your pecan pit looked delicious!

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  18. Maple season is in March around here Joyce so it is pretty expensive in these parts too. I know lots of people who use to use Lyle's or even Karo to make these kinds of pie.

    Yours looks stunning. I don't care for really sweet sticky pie but, I must say, after seeing everyone's recipe, I sure am tempted!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Joyce...

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  19. Maple syrup and Pecan are expensive here too....I hardly use them for bakes. Your baked pie looks super delish and bet it tastes great!

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