Sunday, December 2, 2012

Pumpkin Pie with a Coconut Oil Pie Crust


Hasan loves anything chocolate but somehow he got it in his mind that he wanted to try pumpkin pie.  So he kept telling me over and over that he wanted to eat pumpkin pie.  So one day I was grocery shopping and picked up a small pumpkin and then searching began for a recipe.  I saw some recipes used cream and some used evaporated milk.  All of them had buttery tarts.  I ended up at Joy of Baking and her recipe seemed very simple.  I made a few changes and then I found a recipe for a Coconut Oil Pie Crust at Baking Bites.  Now I had everything I needed so the baking began.

I wasn't sure if Hasan was actually going to like it.  After he had dinner he asked for dessert and I told him about the pumpkin pie.  All of a sudden he had changed his mind and wasn't interested in it.  I got him to take a bite and he didn't like it.  Like most kids, he likes crunchy things and the filling is quite soft.  But me and my husband really enjoyed this.  The filling is very soft.  My husband described it as "halwa".  I loved the coconut oil crust.  I've never had pumpkin pie before so I don't know how it compares but we loved this!

This was actually pretty simple to make.  For me the hardest part was trying to roll the dough into a circle...I'm horrible at rolling anything out.  Nothing ever comes out a circle.  This pie has a graham cracker-walnut layer between the dough and the filling.  This helps to stop the crust from getting soggy.

I made my own pumpkin puree.  For easy to follow instructions hop over to Annie's Eats.

Pumpkin Pie with a Coconut Oil Pie Crust
Adapted from Joy of Baking and Baking Bites

Coconut Oil Pie Crust
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut oil, room temperature
4-7 tbsp cold water

Graham Cracker-Walnut Layer
3 Graham Crackers, ground
1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and ground (I forgot to toast them)

Pumpkin Filling
3 eggs
2 cups fresh pumpkin puree
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt

First make the Coconut Oil Pie Crust.  In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and salt.  Add the coconut oil and using a pastry blender or fingers mix in until it resembles coarse sand and no pieces are larger than a pea.

Gradually add cold water, a couple of tablespoons at a time.  Using a fork, stir until dough almost comes together.  Form the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.  Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour. (Based on a reader's feedback I would suggest refrigerating no more than 1 hour.  Half an hour should be enough.)

Once dough is chilled, preheat over to 375 F.  On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough.  You may need to let it sit for a few minutes to make rolling out easier.  Transfer to a glass pie dish.

Combine ground graham crackers and walnuts.  Pour this on to the pie crust.  Spread to make a thin layer.

In a large bowl, add the eggs and lightly beat.  Add the remaining pie filling ingredients and whisk until combined.  Pour into prepared pie dish.

Bake 45-55 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

Serve with dollop of whip cream!

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27 comments:

  1. The pie looks delish, worth all the hard work :-)

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  2. Have never tried pumpkin pie. My baby likes pumpkin. so will give it a try. Yours look fab.

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  3. That looks great! I don't think I've ever tried making a crust with oil before but good to know that it works! I always have trouble rolling dough out into a circle too :P

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  4. very interesting...yummy.

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  5. Your pumpkin pie looks delicious! I really like the idea of using coconut oil in the crust. I'm going to have to give that a try!

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  6. asiya this looks delicious! I have a can of pumpkin puree i bought last year that still hasn't been used up, and I've been debating on what to make with it. LOL about your son; these boys, they can never make up their mind! My little one is the same way :) And i love the idea of a coconut oil crust... the combination of pumpkin and coconut sounds so intriguing :)

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  7. Does the coconut oil give the crust a strong coconut flavour/

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    1. The coconut oil does not give a strong coconut flavour. I could barely notice it. My husband was able to taste the coconut oil more.

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  8. yummy that looks like a fabulous dessert

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  9. What a great idea for a pie crust!

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  10. What a gorgeous slice of pie! the crust sounds to die for! :)

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  11. I have never tried pumpkin pie either but I am looking forward to trying
    Your son's story made me smile, my kids do the same thing!

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  13. The pie looks so creamy.. not a pumpkin fan.. but this looks really good!

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  14. A beautiful pie! That crust sounds really interesting.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  16. That looks very delicious indeed, and a healthy version too. Love it! Thanks very much for sharing.

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  17. Asiya, this looks like the perfect pie!! Yum!! Please don't forget to visit us at Foodtastic Friday!

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  18. I didn't do the pumpkin filling recipe, only used the coconut oil pie crust.... it was delicious and super easy. Though next time I will not refrigerate it longer than 1/2 hour, I had made the dough a head of time and it was in the fridge for over two hours. When I took it out it was rock hard. Luckily I had the slow cooker going for tea and put it on top and it thawed it in about 1/2 hour. It was very easy to work with and was very flaky!! I will definitely use it again!

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    1. Great to know it turned out well! Thx for the feedback...I love knowing how recipes turn out for others!

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