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Pumpkin Pecan Pie
“This recipe mash-up marries the sweet, subtle flavor of pumpkin with the nuttiness of pecans. Not only do the pecans create a beautiful pattern on top, their addition to classic pumpkin pie also creates an amazing textural combination of creamy and crunchy. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream to make it even more delicious.”
¾ cup whole-wheat pastry flour (see Note)
¾ cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons canola oil
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water
1 (15 ounce) can unseasoned pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
¼ teaspoon salt
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup pecan halves
1To prepare crust: Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, swirling the butter, until light brown, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Transfer to a small bowl to cool. Stir in oil. Slowly stir the butter-oil mixture into the dry ingredients with a fork until the dough is crumbly. Gradually stir in ice water, adding enough so the dough holds together and feels moist. Press the dough into a flattened disk.
2Place a piece of parchment paper on a work surface, place the dough in the center and cover with another piece of parchment paper. Roll the dough into a 12-inch circle. Remove the top sheet and invert the dough into a 9-inch pie pan. Press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Remove the parchment paper. Fold the dough under at the rim and crimp or flute the edge (see Tip).
3Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 425°F.
4To prepare filling and assemble pie: Whisk pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a medium bowl until well combined. Add condensed milk and eggs and whisk until smooth. Pour the filling into the prepared crust. Arrange pecan halves on top of the pie.
5Bake the pie for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and bake until the filling is set and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes more. (Cover the crust edges with foil if they are browning too quickly.) Let cool completely on a wire rack before serving.
Note: Whole-wheat pastry flour is milled from soft wheat. It contains less gluten-forming potential than regular whole-wheat flour and helps ensure a tender result in delicate baked goods while providing the nutritional benefits of whole grains. Both are available in large supermarkets or natural-foods stores (or online from bobsredmill.com or kingarthurflour.com). Store in an airtight container in the freezer.
Tip: To crimp pie crust, use one hand to pinch/flute the edge of the crust between your thumb and side of your index finger.
To make ahead: Prepare the crust (Step 1), wrap tightly and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.