Here it is, just in time for Thanksgiving – my Gluten Free Pecan and Pumpkin Pie recipe.
This is the perfect recipe for those of you who are obsessed with everything Pumpkin Spice. I have never actually tried Pumpkin Spice or Pumpkin Pie until now, but I can see the attraction – pumpkin and cinnamon are a match made in heaven!
I have also been working on perfecting my gluten free pastry. For this recipe I used the new Schär Universal Mix it; which is a gluten free all purpose blend that can be used for lots of different types of bakes, including cakes, biscuits and pastry. So far I’ve made both biscuits and pastry with it and I’ve had fantastic results – often I find that gluten free pastry is far too crumbly and biscuit-like, but this pastry melted in the mouth as was sturdy enough to encase the pie filling. Result!
Gluten Free Pecan and Pumpkin Pie
For the Pastry:
200g All Purpose Gluten Free Flour (I used Schär Universal Mix It! Yoo could also use Gluten Free Plain Flour)
50g ground almonds
75g icing sugar
2 egg yolks
125g unsalted butter (cold)
For the Filling:
75g golden caster sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 x 397g tin condensed milk
1 x 425g tin natural pumpkin purée (I used Baking Buddy Natural Pumpkin Purée from Tesco)
For the Topping:
2 tbsp Pure maple syrup
A few handfuls of Pecan nuts
1) To make the pastry, stir together the flour, ground almonds and icing sugar in a large mixing bowl.
2) Rub together the flour mixture with the cold butter, then the egg yolks and start to bring the mixture together your hands.
3) Tip the contents of the bowl out onto a floured work surface and knead the dough until it comes together in a smooth ball – you can add a few drops of water to help, if necessary.
4) Wrap the pastry in cling film and put it in the fridge to cool for about 30 minutes to an hour – this is very important as the colder the pastry is, the easier it is to work with.
5) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/gas mark 4, then throughly grease your tart tin with butter.
6) Roll out the chilled pastry between two sheets of greaseproof baking paper (this will prevent the pastry from sticking to your work surface) until it is about the thickness of a 1 pound coin.
7) Use greaseproof paper to help you get the pastry into the tin safely. Firstly, peel off the top layer of baking paper, place the tin upside down into the middle of the pastry then carefully flip the pastry over with the help of the bottom sheet of baking paper. Peel off the bottom baking sheet and gently press the pastry down into the tin, making sure it is pressed right into each groove – don’t panic if you do get any tears or any holes, just neatly patch it up with some spare pastry.
8) Trim off any excess pastry. Place some baking paper into the case and fill it baking beans (any dried beans or rice will do) then blind bake the pastry case for 10 minutes. Remove the baking beans and bake the case for a further 5 minutes to help dry it out.
9) Meanwhile make the pie filling: whisk together together the sugar, eggs, spices, condensed milk and pumpkin purée until smooth.!
10) Let the pastry case cool down slightly before pouring in the pie filling so that the case is completely fully
11) Bake the pie for approximately 25 minutes, then mix the pecan nuts with the maple syrup and neatly arrange them on top the pie. Bake the pie for a further 15 minutes until filling is firm to touch and the nuts toasted.
12) Leave the pie to cool before serving so that the filling can set properly.
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