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Mini Pecan Pies and Hot Water Pie Crust

Posted by trktos on 9-January-2011

Since this past Thanksgiving, I’ve been a little miffed over the pecan pie recipe that didn’t set up enough. Sure, we ate the pie (with spoons, in bowls) but it was way too sweet and runny. (And what really annoys me is that recipe had “reliable” in its title! Reliable, my …..) Anyway, so began my mission for the perfect vegan pecan pie recipe. Or more specifically, the perfect RELIABLE pecan pie recipe.

We can’t very well be eating whole pecan test pies, all the time, though. So I purchased two mini pie plates – these nice, cute little aluminum ones from Amazon. One of these pie pans is roughly 1/4 of a 10″ deep dish pie. (Roughly means I used the mini pie pan to fill up the 10″ with water and it took four times to fill the larger pan. ) This proved fairly accurate, as I halved a pie recipe to make two mini pies. I attempted to use three-quarters recipe for pie crust, for the two minis, and that was a little too much crust. Next attempt, I’ll make two-thirds pie crust.

“Next attempt” – yes, my pecan pie isn’t perfect yet (though, no doubt, it IS reliable). The problem came from faulty math on my part – halving 1/2 cup, apparently, too difficult a task for this software engineer. (However, the result was pretty close to those little commercial pecan pies, that you can just hand-hold and eat. With a little more sugar, the below recipe would be pretty good, if that is the result you wanted. Let the extra-firm version cool completely – they were rather puffy when I took them out of the oven but “fell” and were more pie-like, once they cooled. And no, I didn’t let them cool before having a taste!)

This pie crust is pretty awesome. It reminds me of crust you’d get in more commercial products, which doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best pie crust out there, but what I like about it – no rolling! I just pressed it into the pans – a circle, patted out, for the bottom and then log-shaped pieces for the sides. Flattening with my fingers, and the pieces joined together perfectly. It’s pretty high in oil, so it came out of both the greased pie pans and an ungreased glass bowl (a small 1-cup bowl for a little “tart” because I had too much crust dough) perfectly! No knives or loosening, just turned the pans over and the pies came right out. (Ha you can do that with a pie that set up too much!)

Pictures to come, next attempt!

Whole Pecan Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups pecans
  • 3/4 cup soy milk
  • 3/4 cup light or dark corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ener-g eggs, prepared
  • 1/2 cup Bisquick baking mix

Ingredients for half a pie, with my mistakes, for extra-firm version:

  • 1 cups pecans, chopped
  • 3/8 cup soy milk
  • 3/8 cup light or dark corn syrup
  • 3/8 cup brown sugar (if I bake this extra-firm version again, I’ll use 1/2 cup brown sugar)
  • 1 generous tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2  ener-g eggs, prepared
  • generous 1/3 cup Bisquick baking mix (probably close to 6 tbsp)

Ingredients for next attempt, more traditional filling consistency, hopefully:

  • 1 cups pecans, chopped
  • 3/8 cup soy milk
  • 3/8 cup light or dark corn syrup
  • 3/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1 generous tsp vanilla
  • 1  1/2 ener-g eggs, prepared
  • 3 tbsp Bisquick

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Have unbaked pie shell(s) ready.
  2. Line pie shell(s) with pecans.
  3. Mix all remaining ingredients in blender or food processor until combined. Pour into shell(s).
  4. Bake 50-55 minutes or until pie tests done. (I think I baked the mini pies about 40 minutes.)

Whole Hot Water Pie Crust Recipe (from this recipe.)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 6 tbsp shortening (yes, it was listed twice – I think this should have been margarine.)
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp non-dairy milk
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Ingredients for 3/4 recipe, with my changes:

  • 3/8 cup shortening (55 grams shortening, 25 grams coconut oil … next time, 40 grams each)
  • 4 1/2 tbsp margarine (65 grams)
  • 3 tbsp hot water
  • 1 1/2 tsp non-dairy milk
  • 1 2/3  cups all purpose flour (200 grams)
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Ingredients for 2/3 pie crust recipe:

  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 3 tbsp + 2 tsp margarine
  • 2 1/2 tbsp hot water
  • 2 tsp non-dairy milk
  • 1 1/5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions:

  1. Combine dry ingredients.
  2. Heat water.
  3. Add hot water to fat and non-dairy milk. Stir until creamy and not (too) lumpy.
  4. Combine wet and dry mix, form a dough.
  5. Chill in the freezer for few minutes, until dough in more workable.
  6. Pat and flatten into pie pan. (I return formed shells to freezer while I mix pie ingredients.)

Take Two … still not there yet …

Tried two more mini pies this weekend.

  • 2/3 crust recipe ingredient amounts:
  • 35 grams coconut oil
  • 35 grams shortenting
  • 25 grams vegan margarine
  • 3 tbsp hot water (which actually wasn’t hot enough so water+fat melted in microwave)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pinch sugar
  • 175 grams flour (I had to sprinkle on some more, so 190 grams is probably closer)

Crust was good.

Pie was still attempting to be a muffin … the filling separated into the bisquick-set part and, at the bottom, filling with more liquid consistency.

Take three, planned for next weekend:

1 mini pie, so half the crust recipe, half the pie recipe.

Notes for the filling recipe:

  • 1/2 ener-g (2 tsp ener-g + 1 tbsp water)
  • 2 tsp Bisquick
  • 1 tsp pectin, dissolved in heated 3 tbsp soymilk

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Vegan Key Lime Pie

Posted by trktos on 11-April-2010

Perhaps I should preface – as far as I know/remember, I’ve never had key lime pie so I don’t really know what key lime pie is like. But this turned out pretty well. Based on this recipe and previous vegan cheesecake experience.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ~12 ounce box Mori-Nu silken tofu
  • 1 8-ounce container vegan cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup key lime juice
  • 2 tsp key lime zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 and a generous 1/2 tbsp of cornstarch dissolved in:
  • 2 tbsp soy milk (I used 1/2 tbsp Better Than Milk Powder and water)
  • 1 cookie crumb crust (the recipe I used just plain sucked, you couldn’t do worse if you used rocks, I won’t bother to post)

Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients (besides zest and crust!) until smooth.
  2. Stir in zest.
  3. Bake in a 9″ spring-form pan, in a preheated-to-350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.
  4. Decrease heat to 325 and bake an additional 10-20 minutes. When done, cheesecake begins to pull away from pan.
  5. Remove from oven and cool in pan. Then cool in refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.

Yeah, it cracked. But who cares, I’m going to chew it anyway, right?

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Vegan Cheesecake

Posted by trktos on 25-August-2008

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces firm silken tofu
  • 8 ounces Better Than Cream Cheese
  • grated rind of two decent size lemons
  • juice of approx 1 1/2 of the above lemons (to taste)
  • approx 1 cup confectioners sugar (I think I used a bit less)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 2 tbsp soymilk
  • one vegan crumb crust of your choice

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix everything (except the crust!) in blender until smooth.
  3. Pour filling into crust and bake until set, about 40 minutes. Keep a watch on the crust – if it’s browning too much, turn the temperature down to 325 or so for the last 10 minutes of baking.
  4. Cool in pan and refrigerate at least a few hours, preferably overnight, before serving.

Notes:
Shared by “Maesti”, on vegsource.com.

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Ancho Chili Fudge Pie

Posted by trktos on 22-August-2008

Rich and fudge-like, just like the name implies!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vegan margarine
  • 1/4 cup tofu, whipped
  • 2 tsp ancho chili paste
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 ener-g eggs, prepared
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (up to 1 cup walnuts and/or pecans)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 9″ unbaked pie crust

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter.
  2. Whip tofu.
  3. Combine margarine, tofu and chili paste – blend well.
  4. Combine dry ingredients.
  5. Prepare ener-g eggs and add to wet mix, mix well.
  6. Add wet mixture to flour/sugar, mix well.
  7. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  8. Pour into pie crust.
  9. Bake in preheated 325 oven for 40-60 minutes or until crust is slightly golden.

Notes:

  • Roasted pumpkin seeds would probably be good in place of the nuts, maybe some cinnamon? And possibly a little more heat.

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Chocolate Avocado Pie

Posted by trktos on 22-August-2008

Seems strange, I know but you can’t really taste the avocado … good way to use up ripening avs and also good for potlucks – “Avocado pie?? No way!!”

Igredients:

  • 2-3 ripe avocados
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces vegan chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, cream together avocados, lemon juice, and vanilla.
  2. In a double boiler or microwave, melt chocolate chips; let chocolate cool slightly.
  3. Add melted chocolate to the avocado mixture and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into graham cracker or nut crust of your choice and chill overnight.


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