GF/V kabocha pie

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I am enamored by Amy Chaplin.  She has the best, most beautiful recipes that use whole food ingredients.  I love her cookbook, At home in the whole food kitchen.  For our vegan + gluten free thanksgiving this year, I tried out one of the recipes from her book for pumpkin tartlets.  It turned out perfectly, and way tastier than traditional pumpkin pie.  All the same rich flavors + super silky texture + bright color.

Some notes about my modifications:  I used my homegrown papaya squash instead of the kabocha.  Since my squash was more watery, I mashed it and then let it drain for a while through a fine mesh strainer until it was thicker.  Kabocha would be ideal here, though, as it’s naturally very creamy and starchy instead of wet.  It makes the most silky puree ever.  Also, her crust originally had gluten in it in the form of spelt flour.  Gluten makes me feel yuck, so I avoid it whenever possible.  It was a pretty easy swap here.  I subbed in an equivalent amount of my own GF flour mix (chickpea flour, quinoa flour, brown rice flour and tapioca starch) but I’m sure you could use any GF flour blend.  Make sure it’s a blend though- I don’t think it will work with just one type of flour.  GF baking is tricky that way.  The crust dough is really sticky.  Don’t worry about it, it bakes up fine.  The recipe is originally for tartlets.  I baked mine as a whole pie, in a springform pan (the kind made for cheesecakes, that has removable sides).  I baked mine in the oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  I was opening the oven a lot, though because I was cooking other things at the same time.  So yours may need less time- Ive called for baking it 1 hour, but checking it at 45 minutes just in case.  It firms up more as it cools.

pumpkin pie with GF cashew ginger crust (adapted from an Amy Chaplin recipe)

FILLING:

1/2 a large kabocha squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1/2 inch chunks (~ 4.5 cups)

1 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened full fat coconut milk (I used homemade)

1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup (I used raw sugar since I was low on maple syrup)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR seeds from a vanilla bean

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

nutmeg, to taste (I used ~ 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh, but I like a strong nutmeg flavor) you could also sub pumpkin pie spice blend here

1 tablespoon arrowroot powder

pinch sea salt

CRUST:

1 1/4 cups raw cashews

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons rolled oats (GF)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon GF flour blend OR spelt/all purpose if you don’t mind gluten

1/4 cup brown rice flour

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon melted coco oil OR EVOO

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

METHOD:

  1. Steam the squash chunks for 10-12 minutes until soft.  Drain, place in a bowl and mash it up really well.  Measure out 2 1/4 cups of the mash.  Blend the coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, arrowroot, and salt to combine evenly.  Add the squash and blend until very smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit (~177 celsius).  Oil a springform pan or tart pan really well.
  3. Place cashews, oats, GF flour, brown rice flour, and salt in food processor and blend until the mix is a crumbly flour, similar to a medium grind cornmeal.  Transfer to a bowl and drizzle the oil over it, mixing with your fingers until the flour is moistened.  Add the maple syrup and vanilla, and mix again until well combined.  Let sit for 5 minutes so the flours can hydrate.  Sprinkle a little extra GF flour blend if it seems reeealllly wet and mix well.  Dump it into your prepared pan and using the pads of your fingers, press it into a crust- work from the center out.  Make it as even a thickness as you can.  Prick the crust bottom all over with a fork.  Bake for 15 minutes or until crust is set but not done.
  4. Remove from oven and pour filling into the pan.  Bake for 1 hour, checking it at 45 minutes for doneness.  The center should be set and there will be cracks all over the pie surface.  The filling will thicken more as it cools.  Set aside to cool.  Once cool, put it in the fridge to chill completely, about 1 hour.  Remove the sides from the pan and serve with whipped cream (toasted or glazed pecans are amazing here too!)

 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I am so grateful for all of you.  xx

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