8/21/12

Finally Posted! Almond Vanilla Pie - (Similar to Pecan Pie)

Almond Vanilla Pie

Although I'm a big fan of a slice of pecan pie and a hot cup of coffee, I'm also a big fan of English Toffee and Almonds.  I started to think;  pecan pie isn't too far from the flavor of toffee and almonds so... why not?


I threw this together from a mixture of a couple different recipes for pecan pie coupled with my own brain.  I also baked mine in a solar oven since it is still about 95 degree's outside here and I didn't want to use my oven today.  Most people do indeed cook theirs in a regular oven.  Enjoy.

Homemade Almond Vanilla Pie (similar to pecan)

Crust:
1 2/3 c flour
1/4 t salt
1/2 c cold butter, grated or diced
2 egg yolks
1/3 sweetened condensed milk

Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl.  Cut in the butter until crumbly.  Mix the egg yolks with the sweetened condensed milk and add to the flour.  Stir with a wooden spoon until it comes together to form a ball.  Press into a 9" deep dish pie pan.  If you only have regular pans, you'll need two.  Refrigerate while you make the filling.

Filling:
1 1/2 c sugar
1/2 c (1 stick) butter plus 2 Tablespoons more
1/3 c white Karo syrup minus 1 Tablespoon
1 T pancake syrup or maple syrup
3 eggs plus
3 egg whites
1 t vanilla
2 cups ground raw almonds

In a saucepan, place the sugar, butter and syrups.  Cook over medium high, stirring, until it comes to a full boil.  Remove from heat.  Let set while you mix the beats and egg whites with the vanilla.  When frothy, keep the mixer running while you drizzle in the syrup.  Don't pour it all at once or you will cook your eggs and make them scrambled!  When all combined, stir in the almonds.  Pour into the pie pan and bake at 350 about 40 minutes (or a solar oven about 1 1/2 hours) until dark golden brown.   The edges will be completely set although the center might still be a bit jiggly.  Let it set at room temperature and completely cool to room temperature.  It will thicken as it cools.  You can refrigerate the leftovers.  *Note I use a metal pan.  If you use ceramic your cook time might be longer. 


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Ready to go into the oven

Just out of the oven.  Time to let it set and cool completely



Almond Vanilla Pie - when you want something besides Pecan Pie

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