Wouldn’t life be so much easier if our pets helped out? You know, with laundry or dishes or sweeping…nothing major but totally helpful. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately while packing up all my stuff. I’m moving this Saturday, and while I sweat and put stuff into boxes, my cat just sits there – unamused, and not helpful at all.

It’s plain and simply ungrateful, really. I feed her, change the waste that she deposits in a box each and every day, brush her, play with her and cuddle her…and she just sits there! The nerve….

Actually, while I was baking this pie, the last pie that will be made in my cute little apartment’s oven, the kitty strutted right up, and tried to dip her paw into the pumpkin filling bowl! Good heavens!

Anyway, I usually only make pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, but I am seriously craving pie this week. Like an insane amount. Also, I’ve been seeing tons of awesome pumpkin recipes floating around on blogs, so I figured I might as well hop on the pumpkin train! And I’m soooo glad I did!

To make the crust, mix the flour, salt, and sugar together in a medium bowl.
With a pastry fork, mix the butter and shortening into the flour mixture (dough will resemble cottage cheese curds with some very small pieces of butter remaining, but there should be no uncoated flour).

Empty mixture into medium bowl. Sprinkle vodka and water over mixture. With rubber spatula, use folding motion to mix, pressing down on dough until dough is slightly tacky and sticks together.

Flatten dough into 4-inch disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 45 minutes. In this time you could go do your hair or practice a fishtail braid…whatever.

Preheat the oven to 375. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pie dough large enough to fit a 8? or 9? pie pan. Place it in your pie pan and put it in the freezer for about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile in a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt.

Add the eggs and beat with a fork until mixed thoroughly.

Slowly add the half and half and maple extract, stir until combined.

It should look like this..

Remove pie crust from the freezer and fill the crust with the pumpkin filling.

Cover the edges of of the pie crust with foil or a pie crust sheild….uhhh…I guess I didn’t take a picture of that!

Bake for 35 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for an additional 35 minutes or until the center is set or when a tooth pick or a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy! I did.

Maple Pumpkin Pie
Lightly adapted from The Hungry Housewife
Recipe makes 1 pie

Ingredients:
Pie Crust
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (6 1/4 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (3/4 stick), cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/4 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening , cut into 2 pieces
2 tablespoons vodka , cold
2 tablespoons cold water

Pie Filling
1 15 oz. can pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup half and half or whole milk
1 tablespoon maple extract

Directions:
Crust
Mix the flour, salt, and sugar together in a medium bowl.
With a pastry fork,two forks or your fingers, mix the butter and shortening into the flour mixture (dough will resemble cottage cheese curds with some very small pieces of butter remaining, but there should be no uncoated flour).
Empty mixture into medium bowl.
Sprinkle vodka and water over mixture. With rubber spatula, use folding motion to mix, pressing down on dough until dough is slightly tacky and sticks together.
Flatten dough into 4-inch disk.
Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 45 minutes or up to 2 days.

Pie:
Preheat the oven to 375.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pie dough large enough to fit a 8? or 9? pie pan.
Place it in your pie pan and put it in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile in a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt.
Add the eggs and beat with a fork until mixed thoroughly.
Slowly add the half and half and maple extract, stir until combined.
Remove pie crust from the freezer and fill the crust with the pumpkin filling.
Cover the edges of of the pie crust with foil or a pie crust sheild.
Bake for 35 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for an additional 35 minutes or until the center is set or when a tooth pick or a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack.

Other awesome pumpkin recipes:
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal by Mississippi Kitchen

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32 Responses to Maple Pumpkin Pie

  1. I love maple and pumpkin together! Great pie!

  2. ecavalla says:

    Yum- looks amazing!

  3. Tanna Morgan says:

    Am not getting any of your posts on my email! What is wrong?!?

  4. You realize, don’t you, that you’ve just reactivated my annual pumpkin mania, and about a month early! I’m doomed ;)

  5. Kiran says:

    Oh my wordy!! I cannot curb my appetite for pumpkin any longer — this looks YUM!!!

  6. Does it count if you have a dog that acts like a cat? :) And this… it looks absolutely fabulous! My daughter is a pumpkin pie NUT so I’m excited to try this variation. It looks so creamy and delish!

  7. Erin says:

    I’m so excited that it is pumpkin baking season!

  8. Erika says:

    This pie sounds amazing.. Love the flavors of Maple and Pumpkin together…

  9. I think about stuff like this all the time! How is it fair that pets don’t have to go to work; they get to hang out and relax at home all day and can’t even lift a paw to help AT ALL?! Ugh! Good thing they’re cute!

    This looks like such a pretty pie! I just jumped into pumpkin season feet first :)

    Sues

  10. carrian says:

    GOOD MERCY! It is time isn’t it? I mean it’s almost 12:00 so it’s ok to bust out a little pie.

  11. Bunkycooks says:

    It’s hard to believe that it is Pumpkin Pie time again! Wow…where did the summer go? Enjoy your pie and good luck with your move!

  12. This looks amazing. I have been craving pumpkin pie lately and this one looks great.

  13. I have been looking for a beautiful pumpkin pie recipe lately. My boyfriend loves it and I’ve never made it before. Better hurry up!

  14. Tracey says:

    Pumpkin and maple?? Only two of my very favorite things in the world. I haven’t started the pumpkin baking yet, but when I do, this is happening!

  15. That looks incredible! I wanted to let you know that we’ve “nominated” you for the Lovely Blog “award.” This is a blogger to blogger award that is all for fun. If you would like to accept and participate you can visit: http://cupcakecrusaders.com/2012/09/16/fun-with-blogger-to-blogger-awards/ (But please don’t feel obligated, it’s all just for fun). :)

  16. What a beautiful way to upgrade pumpkin pie!

  17. Eliana says:

    What a great idea. Pumpkin and maple go so well together and look glorious in this pie.

  18. I don’t think its too much to ask for our pets to push down on the shutter button while we try to style and photograph our food! That first photo of your pumpkin pie is just gorgeous.

  19. Kaileigh says:

    If you recognize some pictures on my Pinterest it’s because I have been pinning your recipes so I can find them easily in the future! This looks so good!!

  20. Kimberley says:

    Cats crack me up. I am fantasizing about pumpkin recipes but not quite ready to go there yet, though I think that if I were in your shoes, and moving, I totally would. Little comforts.

  21. JulieD says:

    Okay, I’m in Vermont right now and I had a maple pumpkin pie and I loved it…must make this!! Thank you for posting it!

  22. Marie says:

    Hmmm never tried, looks delicious, perfect for fall.

  23. Sophie33 says:

    Your maple pumpkin pie is a real treat! I have made it when my parents came over for dinner! My hubby & I loved it too! Yummy Yum!

  24. That pie looks incredible! I might be making that for Thanksgiving this year!

  25. It’s 9am and I want this pie.

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