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Ugly Maple Syrup Pie

Well guys, I’ve gone from a post here about Bright and Beautiful Recipes To Make Us Happy, to pie.  Ugly pie at that.  I’ve tortured myself over this pie post.  In fact, I was so mad at the filling for cracking and the pastry for shrinking, that I left the pie to sit for two days.  Uneaten for two whole days!  After which, I seriously got ahold of myself, and realized that this world has far bigger problems than an ugly pie.

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And guess what?  I make mistakes too.  And this blog is a great place to learn about them.  And from them.  I bet Ree, Nigella, and Ina have had a whole mess of ugly pies.  That doesn’t mean we’re idiots, it just means that in the kitchen, we’re…well…we’re human!

So here it is….my Ugly Maple Syrup Pie.  And friends I have to say, that this was a pretty tasty ugly pie.  The cracking and shrinking didn’t compromise the taste one bit.  As a matter of fact, I was slightly miffed at myself because we let it sit so long, because we love Maple Syrup Pie!   I seriously can’t make up my mind.  I’m mad at the pie, then I’m happy with the pie.  What gives?!

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I’ve written posts, like this one here, on making the perfect pastry.  And when I had the bake shop, my mom was chief pastry maker, because she’s seriously good at it.  It’s golden and tender and oh so flaky.  I’ve also made more pie fillings, than I can shake a stick at.  But some days, I’m just a complete distracted mess in the kitchen, and things don’t turn out picture perfect.  Oh man, I’ve had some doozies.  It happens to all of us.

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Case in point, the ugly pie.  I think I’m doing a public service here really, as I tell you and show you all of the things you shouldn’t be doing with a custard pie.  First off, you should chill the pastry well before baking.  You shouldn’t take pictures of your gorgeous pie crust, as I did here, until the pastry is nice and warm for your #PiDay2016 Instagram photo.  And then, don’t overbake that sweet Maple Syrup custard.  Because if it poofs up like a soufflé, well, you’ve gone too far.

And you’re well on your way to ugly pie.

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Now if mom was here, she would tell me not to fret.  “There’s nothing better than a scratch baked pie!” she always said.  Even in the bake shop, as I worried over fillings that may have oozed slightly, mom would assure me that people were going to be thrilled with their authentic, homemade pie.  And she was right.

So, ugly and all, I’m going to share my recipe for this sweet Maple Syrup Pie, using local Maple Syrup, that is the essence of spring around here when the maple sap is flowing.   It’s a custard pie with pure dark Maple Syrup, brown sugar and butter, that will satisfy any sweet tooth.  It’s a springtime favourite!  Our family all agree’s that the side of unsweetened whipped cream is essential with this dessert, to balance out the sweetness in the pie.

I hope you make this.  Because if you simply pay a little more attention than me, you’ll see how locally produced sweet Maple Syrup can bake into a beautiful, rich and smooth, sweet treat.

Just because I’m nosy and it would make me feel better, I would love to hear about your kitchen disasters in the comments below!

Happy Pie Baking friends,

Renee

xo

 

Maple Syrup Pie

  • unbaked 9 inch pastry shell
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup pure dark Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter
  • 2 tsp flour

Unsweetened Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup of cold heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 350°

  1.  Whisk together the sugar, eggs and cream until well combined.  Whisk in the Maple Syrup, butter and flour.
  2. Pour filling into pastry shell and bake for 50 to 60 minutes.  Filling should still slightly jiggle in the center when moved.   Allow the pie to cool completely before serving.
  3. Whisk cream by hand or with a mixer until soft peaks form.  Serve the pie with the whipped cream.  Refrigerate any left over pie.

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Warm Skillet Butter Tart Bars

There are a few things some of us take seriously in this country.

Hockey.  The weather.  Politics.  Poutine.  Back Bacon.  Maple Syrup.  Nanaimo Bars (we made these first!).  Good beer.

And Butter Tarts.

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It’s a classic Canadian treat, that is beloved for its flaky pastry filled with brown sugar, melted butter and syrup.   Most people have a preference about how they should be filled.  Raisins or no raisins.  Nuts or no nuts.  Made with maple syrup or corn syrup.  Runny or firm.  Some use currants or cranberries.  Perhaps a splash of Whiskey or Maple Whiskey.

There’s also the popular Butter Tart Bars, that have that gorgeous buttery, tender shortbread crust with all of that gooey Butter Tart goodness on top.  They are very easy to make, great for serving at parties and potlucks, and on the Christmas holiday baking list of moms all across this country.

Everyone, we have got this Butter Tart thing down to a science.

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I for one, am a complete sucker for a warm Butter Tart Bar, slightly runny, filled with raisins and walnuts, with a splash of Maple Whiskey, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.  So baking a full on Butter Tart Bar in a skillet is only natural.  I  haven’t met anyone yet, who doesn’t swoon over the warm, buttery piece that comes out.  The scoop of ice cream, just pretty much takes it over the top.  Insanely, buttery, gooey, good.

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I think most families have a recipe that’s been passed down.  Aside from all of the additions, the base recipe of Butter Tart Squares is essentially the same.  Instead of powdered sugar in my shortbread base, I use brown sugar.  I saw it used in another recipe for bars and have made shortbread crust that way ever since.

Do you love Butter Tarts as much as me?  What are your filling preferences?

Happy finger licking, slightly runny, full of raisins and walnuts, Butter Tart baking friends,

Renee

xo

 

Warm Skillet Butter Tart Bars

For the Crust:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

For the Filling:

  • 1-1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. Maple Whiskey (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°

  1.  In a medium bowl, combine the ingredients for the crust, using a fork or pastry blender.  Press into the bottom of a well seasoned skillet (I did a quick swipe of shortening around the sides first, very little) or baking pan lined with parchment.  Bake for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine the first six ingredients for the filling and mix until well combined.  Stir in the raisins, walnuts and whisky.  Pour the filling on top of the crust and bake for an additional 30 minutes.  Serve slightly warm with ice cream!

Notes:

  1. This recipe can also be made in an 8 x 8 pan.
  2. Butter Tart Squares freeze very well.   If making ahead, bake in an 8 x 8 pan lined with parchment.  Freeze when cool.

 

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Grilled Maple Brie

I don’t know if I’ve ever shared with you my wee obsession with bread boards.  I’ve got many in all shapes and sizes and I use them for so many things besides bread.  I’m certainly my fathers daughter with an appreciation for beautiful wooden pieces.

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We have a new vendor at our local market selling his gorgeous bread board wares so I’m pretty certain my collection is going to grow!

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This afternoon I served some Grilled Maple Brie bites out on the patio.  These are so incredibly simple and take literally 10 minutes.  I used locally made Maple Syrup and some local Brie Goat Cheese along with some fresh berries and pecans for a stellar treat!  We just served them up on our newest wooden addition as they came off the barbeque,  all melty and gooey.

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They’re warm and nutty, crispy and sweet and rich and creamy.  For real, they are all those things in three bites!   And a perfect treat to serve up this summer to family and guests!  With all of the fresh fruit arriving this summer, the possibilities are endless!  Try honey and strawberries or honey and walnuts.  Yum!

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Grilled Maple Brie

  • mini pita’s
  • blueberries
  • real Maple Syrup
  • Soft Brie
  • chopped pecans

1.  Warm the barbeque on low heat.  Grill pita shells for 2-3 minutes each side.  Remove from grill.

2.  Place a slice of brie and a mound of pecans and blueberries on top of the pita ~  pile it up!  Drizzle with Maple Syrup.

3.  Return pita’s to the grill and heat only until the cheese is starting to melt.  Drizzle again with Maple Syrup.  Serve warm.

 

 

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Oven Baked Pumpkin Rice Pudding

Last week I made some Pumpkin Cupcakes for my dad’s retirement (remember these?) and I had a wee bit of pumpkin left over.   I decided to try some of mom’s Old Fashioned Rice Pudding with a little twist.

Imagine, warm gooey Pumpkin Rice Pudding full of pumpkin pie flavour garnished with toasted pecans and pure maple syrup.  Pumpkin pie without the crust.  Oh- my- goodness…perfect on a breezy, rainy day.  And I know I’ve said it before but this stuff is the ultimate comfort food for me.

I decided to have a little spoonful while it was cooling on the counter, but found myself frantically eating large spoonfuls like someone was sure to take the bowl away from me at any minute!   Honestly, if you like pumpkin pie, this stuff is that good!

What is your ultimate comfort food?

Pumpkin Rice Pudding with Toasted Pecans and Maple Syrup

*adapted from moms recipe

Pre-heat oven to 325°

Combine in a 1 1/2-quart buttered casserole:

1/2 cup uncooked regular rice

3 cups whole milk

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tbsp unsalted butter

1 tsp pure vanilla

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

1 tsp cinnamon

pinch of ginger

1. Stir all ingredients, except raisins, in a buttered 1 1/2 qrt casserole dish (until sugar is dissolved).  Bake for one hour stirring every 20 minutes.  At the end of the hour add 3/4 cup (less if you prefer) raisins and bake for another 20 minutes.

Garnish with toasted pecan pieces and drizzle with pure maple syrup.  Serve warm or cold.

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