Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pumpkin Pie (with gluten-free option)

My sister, nephew and I are planning a big Vegan Thanksgiving for friends and family. One of my very favorite Thanksgiving menu items is Pumpkin Pie!! I love the stuff. My sister decided not to make one, but instead order it from New Seasons. Nothing against New Seasons, but their pies are EXPENSIVE. I'm a penny-pinching, DIY person; so, last night I experimented making a pumpkin pie and IT CAME OUT AWESOME!!! I must admit it wasn't completely DIY, I used a store bought crust and canned pumpkin. But it was EASY!!!

Here's what I did......


In a large metal mixing bowl I mixed the following (note you can use a blender or food processor): 

  • 1 box extra firm silken tofu - use an emersion blender and blend until creamy and the chunks are gone, be sure to do this first (if you don't have an emersion blender, you can mix everything in a food processor or regular blender)
  • 1 can pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
  • 3/4 cup organic pure cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch (I get this stuff dirt cheap at asian markets, but Bob's Red Mill makes it too)
  • 4 tsp vanilla (the real stuff - you can get a giant bottle of this at Costco fairly cheap)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp agave (optional. I added this to make it slightly sweeter. Taste batter and if you think it needs extra sweetener you can add the agave to your liking. Maple syrup would also work or a little more sugar)
Mix all the ingredients thoroughly, pour into pie shell* and bake for 1/2 hour at 400 degrees and 15 minutes at 350 degrees.**

Cool pie on rack.

*I used a store bought graham cracker crust. I did not pre-bake it. However, you could use a gluten-free pie crust or a traditional pie crust and pre-bake pie crust if needed. If you're even more DIY than me, you can make your own crust.

**My oven is old, therefore I tend to bake things at a high temperature. Be sure to keep an eye on your pie and adjust the heat as needed. Keep in mind that the pie needs to get firm and the higher temperature at least for 15 minutes in the beginning really helps. 

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