Anna Olson's Maple Cream Pie
by Anna Olson
Celebrating spring in Canada starts sooner than the first signs of tulips, but as soon as the maple sap starts running, we know warm weather is around the corner!
Celebrate the season with this luscious cream pie – it’s like a version of butterscotch cream pie, but it’s all about the maple!
Makes one 9-inch pie
Serves 8 to 10
1 ¼ cup graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup finely chopped pecans
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup pecan halves
2 tbsp. pure maple syrup (dark, if possible)
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cinnamon
¾ cup pure maple syrup (dark, if available)
½ cup butter, cut into pieces
1 cup whipping cream
4 large egg yolks
1 large whole egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup whipping cream
2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 tbsp. instant skim milk powder
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1. For the pecan crust, preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Stir the graham cracker crumbs, pecans and melted butter together until evenly combined and press this into a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, and then cool while preparing the filling.
2. Keep the oven at 350 °F (180 °C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Toss the pecan halves with the maple syrup, salt and cinnamon to coat and spread these in an even layer on the baking tray. Bake the pecans for about 10 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking, until they are toasted. Once the pecans cool, the maple syrup will harden on.
3. For the filling, reduce the oven temperature to 325 °F (160 °C). In a medium saucepan, bring the maple syrup to a boil and boil for 2 minutes (to reduce it and concentrate the flavor.). Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the butter until it has melted. Whisk in the cream and check that the mixture has cooled to at least just above room temperature (set aside a few minutes if too warm.) Whisk in the egg yolks, whole egg and vanilla and pour this into the cooled pie shell. Bake the pie for about 40 minutes, until it is set around the edges but still has a little jiggle just in the center. Let the pie cool to room temperature, and then chill it for at least 4 hours before topping.
4. Whip the cream until it holds a soft peak and fold in the maple syrup, milk powder and vanilla. Dollop and spread this on top of the cooled pie. Chop the maple pecans and sprinkle these on top. The pie can be served immediately or chilled until ready to serve, up to 8 hours ahead.
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Canada