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Pumpkin Pie With A Coconut Twist

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Our American cousins love pumpkin, yet we're a bit more sceptical here in the UK. Most of us end up binning the good bits after carving a scary face and few missing teeth. But pumpkin flesh is packed with Vitamin A, fibre and antioxidants that can help lower blood pressure and keep our hearts healthy. Plus, it makes for a great pie!

All the tasty, nutrient-rich guts of this seasonal squash gets dismissed and that’s where we Brits are going wrong. I decided to do something about it by creating this deliciously tasty pie. I hope you love it as much as I did:

Ingredients

  • 750g of Pumpkin peeled, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 tbsp dessicated coconut for dusting
  • 90g brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp each of nutmeg, ginger and cloves
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • ½ can of full fat coconut milk (or condensed milk)
  • Coconut oil for greasing the pie pan

Pastry

  • Block of ready made shortcrust pastry (or make your own if you don't want to cheat!) 

 

Method:

  • Grease a pie tin with coconut oil 
  • Roll out the pastry with a rolling pin and transfer to the tin
  • Bring the pastry all the way up to the edges and fold over slightly and crimp with a fork
  • Place in the oven on a medium heat for around 10 minutes or until it starts to go slightly brown, leave to cool
  • Place the chunks of pumpkin in a pan and cover with boiling water, simmer until tender
  • Add the pumpkin and a little coconut milk to a food processor, then blend until smooth and spreadable
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients, whisk gently until all ingredients are combined
  • Pour the filling into the pie crust and place in the oven on 220 degrees for 10 minutes, then turn down the heat to 180 for around 40 minutes or until the filling has set
  • Leave to cool and sprinkle with cinnamon and dessicated coconut

Serve with cream or ice cream - delicious! 

  #Recipes   #vegetarian   #Baking   #coconut   #gluten free   #pumpkin   #pie   #halloween   #squash

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