Maple Cream Pie
Total TimePrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
I love ANYTHING maple. I made this as written, and it was good, but I wasnt getting enough maple flavor.(for me) So, I played a little. First, I live in maple country in NY. So I have access to many different maple operations. I also own a bakery, and several maple farmers, instead of dumping that last "buddy" run, save it for me for baking. It has a much stronger taste..though a bit bitter for table use, it is great in cooking. I made one pie with the last-run "buddy" syrup, and one with a dark amber as opposed to light. Both were REALLY good..much more flavor, but I actually liked the flavor of the dark amber pie best. Again..if you want light and delicate, use light amber, or "fancy" grade syrup. There is new grading on the syrup..the dark would be grade A medium or dark amber as opposed to Grade A light amber. The "buddy" syrup is now referred to as "very dark" and you would only be able to get it from a maple producer...its not generally sold.Excellent recipe..i HIGHLY recommend it!!
Made this recipe for a pie baking contest at work after doing a test run at home. Made a few changes- added 1 tsp maple extract to the filling before cooking on stove top, added the maple syrup to the whipping cream as well as about 1/4 c white sugar before whipping. Made Sugar Coated Pecans recipe from another site, which I chopped and sprinkled on top just before serving- this was fantastic! Also, used purchased graham pie crust, and everyone agreed the graham combined with the maple and pecan flavors was great! Oh yes- I won the contest!!
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That pie is delicious. It melts in your mouth. The texture is smooth. The only thing is that I don't always have whipping cream in my refrigerator but I would serve it to guests.