Saturday, December 3, 2011

Aunt Bonnie�s Egg-Free and Dairy-Free Pecan Pie

Wholly Wholesome Vegan PecanPie - Egg-Free, Dairy-FreeA special holiday recipe from the kitchens at Wholly Wholesome ~ There’s no question that pie is a staple in American homes during the holidays. Pie has that inevitable quality to bring together a family after a hard-earned holiday meal to enjoy some good old family tradition. The conversations that surround a fresh-baked pie include; “how’s school going,” along with “I can’t believe how big you’ve gotten.” A homemade conversation for a down home family that brings family closer every holiday is the cornerstone for every bite of pie.

Few Americans realize the history that goes into the pies they enjoy today. Originally called a “coffin” (meaning “basket” or “box”), the pie was the beginning of every holiday meal. For hundreds of years, tracing back to our great ancestors, every meal was baked into a crusty shell and served warm with meat filling the interior. Then, pies were considered a necessity.  Today, however, pies are considered a culinary delight. Our beloved pie is so special that it is now saved for family gatherings and a sweet treat after meals.

“Pies have been a central part of our family celebrations for generations,” said Doon Wintz, President, Wholly Wholesome. “My sister, Bonnie, and I have a friendly competition at holiday meals. She makes her famous pecan pies and I make pumpkin or ice cream pies. The winner is the one whose pies are gone. Having a large and supportive family (we usually seat 40+), it always comes out a tie—no pie left. It’s a real treat to pass along our family’s tradition through wholesome, natural and organic baked-goods. We understand the importance of family and how food brings them together in a really special way.”

Pies have a serendipitous appeal for every taste bud, from Apple Pie to Pumpkin Pie – from Blueberry to Cherry, and serendipitous tastes call for serendipitous recipes, including the one here for Bonnie’s Pecan Pie. Everyone has the ability to enjoy this recipe from Wholly Wholesome including pie lovers and special dieters. Whether you’re Vegan, Kosher or just interested in Organic and Natural foods, you can find a pie that suits you at www.whollywholesome.com or www.facebook.com/whollywholesome. In the meantime, consider baking this delicious Vegan Pecan Pie for your family this holiday season.

1/2 cup unbleached cane sugar1 cup corn syrup4 tablespoons vegan vegetable margarine3/4 cup applesauce1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1 pinch sea salt1 9” Wholly Wholesome pie shell2 cups broken pecans (broken into small pieces)60 whole pecan halves (for top of pie)Combine unbleached cane sugar and corn syrup in a fry pan over a medium heat for 5 minutesMelt vegetable margarine into mixtureSet aside to cool (if you’re in a rush, put the pan on a bed of ice in the sink)Preheat oven to 400ºF.Once cooled, add applesauce, sea salt and vanillaFill pie shell with broken pecansPour syrup mixture over pecans until it’s just below the rimArrange pecan halves on top starting with the largest pecans around the outside in a circle and using progressively smaller pecan halves as you circles move towards the center. Be sure to save some nice small ones for the centerPlace on a piece of foil on top of a cookie sheet and place in the ovenReduce oven to 350 deg F. and bake for 50 minutes or until pecans are nicely toasted, but not burntPreparation time: 30 minute(s) Cooking time: 50 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegan, Dairy free, Egg free, Peanut free

Number of servings (yield): 8

Wholly Wholesome Vegan PecanPie - Egg-Free, Dairy-Free

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