In time for the holidays, this vegan salted bourbon pecan pie is deliciously gooey and full of gorgeous warm flavours. Not too sweet, this pie happily casts the pecans in the hero role, however it must be said they are a little drunk on bourbon.
I haven't had pecan pie for ages. Years. But, as the Fall and Thanksgiving recipes waft across the Pacific from the US via the interweb I was inspired to see if I could make a vegan pecan pie comparable to the traditional variety. Could I?
The answer is a resounding Heck Yes!
After a few false starts this wonderful vegan bourbon pecan pie emerged from my oven with a slight wobble in the middle and a boozy song in its heart. All it took was finding the right secret ingredient. And a wee shot of bourbon, of course
HOW TO MAKE A VEGAN PECAN PIE
Traditional pecan pie recipes contain eggs to hold the pie together in a delicious custardy bear hug. To re-create this texture vegans have to get a little creative. I came across some wonderful offerings during my research including Namely Marly's pecan pie with silken tofu, a pecan pie with egg replacers and even pecan pie with sweet potato.
We've gone fuss-free and simple with this one and the result is a vegan pumpkin pie I can't help but be proud of. After 30-plus minutes in the oven and a little rest overnight, we cut a slice to reveal the best kind of goo. It's soft and caramel-y but stable enough to hold its form.
It's sweet but not so sweet we lose the wonderful baked pecans and it is just the right amount of boozy. With a good dash of sea salt to enhance all those wonderful flavours this vegan bourbon pecan pie is ready to happily grace a Thanksgiving table. Or any table for that matter.
We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here but each night the Elf and I voice what we are thankful for from each day. She is often thankful for a trip to the park, a new toy or a playdate with a friend. But every night she is grateful for Walter and Scout (our beloved hounds), a family that loves her, a good home and a full belly.
I am grateful for a 4 year-old Elf child, Walter and Scout, a husband and family that loves me, a good home and a full belly. Today I am also a little grateful for this vegan salted bourbon pecan pie.
If you like pecan pie, you might like to check out these recipes:
Vegan Salted Bourbon Pecan Pie
Salted Bourbon Pecan Pie Filling
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup vegan butter
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup (60ml) coconut milk
- ¼ cup (60ml) water
- 3 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon bourbon
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1½ cups pecans (chopped) plus more for decorating
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F or 190 degrees C. Unwrap the chilled pastry on to a lightly floured work surface and allow it to settle for 5 minutes to help with rolling out.
- Roll the pastry out into a 12" or 30cm circle (ish) patching as required. Roll the pastry onto your rolling pin, then roll it out onto a 22cm or 9" pie pan. Press the pastry in working from the bottom up and trim the rim edges with scissors leaving a 1cm or 0.3" overhang. Turn the edges under and crimp as you like. I used a tea spoon to press in a design. Line the pie with baking paper and fill ¾ full with baking weights, dried chickpeas or uncooked rice. Bake for 20 minutes or until the edges of the pie begin to brown. Remove from the oven and let the pastry cool for at least 5 minutes.
- Turn the oven down to 175 ℃ or 350℉
- Pop the butter, sugar, maple syrup, and coconut milk in a saucepan over low heat and gently stir together until the sugar is dissolved, the butter is melted and mixture nicely combined. Remove it from the heat to cool for around 10-minutes.
- Transfer the filling to a blender with the water, cornstarch, vanilla, bourbon and salt and blend until smooth.
- Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and stir in the chopped pecans. Set aside. After the pie crust has cooled slightly, fill it with the pecan filling and decorate with additional pecans if desired. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and bake in the oven for 35 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the pie in the oven for another 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow the pie to cool completely. For best results place it in the refrigerator overnight before bringing it back to room temperature or slightly warm it to serve.