Variation: For a Salted Maple Pecan Pie, sprinkle ½ a teaspoon coarse sea salt over the top of the cooled pie.
cup brown sugar
cup pure maple syrup
cup non-hydrogenated margarine
oz extra firm silken tofu (½ of a tetra pack)
cup cold unsweetened plain non-dairy milk
teaspoon vanilla extract
cups pecan halves
Prepared Single Pastry Crust, pressed into a tart pan or pie plate (no need to parbake)
First we’re going to make a caramel. In a 2 quart sauce pan, mix together sugars and maple syrup. Heat over medium heat, stirring often with a whisk. Once small bubbles start rapidly forming, stir pretty constantly for about 10 minutes. The mixture should become thick and syrupy. It shouldn’t be boiling too fiercely, if it starts climbing the walls of the pan in big bubbles then lower the heat a bit. Add the margarine, and stir to melt. Turn the heat off, transfer mixture to a mixing bowl. In the meantime, prepare the rest of the filling, working quickly so that the caramel doesn’t completely set. Crumble the tofu into a blender or food processor, along with the milk, cornstarch and salt. Puree until completely smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender to make sure you get everything. Preheat oven to 350 F. With the caramel still warm in teh mixing bowl, add in the tofu mixture and the vanilla, and mix well. Fold in the pecans to incorporate. Transfer to prepared pie crust and bake for 40 minutes. The pie is going to be somewhat jiggly, but it should appear to be set. Let cool for a few hours, slice and serve! No cheating and pulling pecans off the pie.