Now that you’ve likely eaten your pie; I would like to share a tip about an alternative crust. A bit healthier, gluten free, and easier to make!
I stumbled on this and found that it works quite well. Basically you can use the same idea as you would for a crumb crust.
- Use 1/4 cup of softened, coconut oil or butter for the fat
- Substitute the crumbs for 1 cup of either almond or coconut flour
- Add a pinch of salt and 1 tsp. of sugar. I only use dark brown sugar (it is actually cane sugar, rather than the GMO beets used for white sugar); or palm sugar, or raw honey, for sweetening.
- Mix togeither and press into pan
- Bake about 10 min. @ 375 F.
- From here you can put in whatever cooked filling you wish. Fruit-type fillings that are cooked & thickened can be used and then you will want to return them to the oven for about 1 hr. until it’s bubbling. If you are doing any kind of custard type pie, such as pumpkin etc. or even quiche, then you can put it in an unbaked version of this crust and bake it all together.
I have even found that with these custard-type pies, you can just coat the bottom and sides of the pan heavily with the coconut oil (maybe 1-2 Tbsp of oil), then put about 1/3 cup of coconut or almond flour in the pan. Shake it all about, like flouring a greased cake pan, coating sides & bottom. There will be more at the bottom and that’s OK. Pour in custard type filling & bake as usual. The crust is thin, healthy and comes out fine.
You may want to experiment with the bit of salt and sugar in the crust, depending on what the filling is. Also, you can increase the amounts of fat to 1/3 cup with 1 1/4 cup of flour, if the pan is larger.
A short tip for good pumpkin pie is: put in enough spices! If you have boys to eat it, then do experiment! Have fun!
Here is an old family recipe for Sour Cream Raisin Pie that is delicious, easy and could be put in this crust!
Sour Cream Raisin Pie
Beat together 1 1/2 cups of sour cream, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 2 eggs, 1 Tbsp flour (can be gluten free), 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of nutmeg and a pinch of salt. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of rinsed raisins then pour the mix into the pie shell. Bake at 375 F for about an hour.
Happy new year!