White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie with Candied Pecans
First episode of Pai’s Kitchen! This pumpkin pie is nothing like you’ve every seen, light and fluffy, yet creamy with melty bits of white chocolate all throughout, scented with citrus and topped with crunchy candied pecans. YUM! When I moved to Canada, I had the traditional pumpkin pie for the first time but didn’t really like it, so I made it a mission to create a recipe that I would love, and now I get to share it with you!
Makes one 10-inch pie
Easy Pie Crust – Pâte Brisée
- 220g (1½ cup) all-purpose flour
- 30g (¼ cup) rice flour
- 125g unsalted butter, softened
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 egg yolk
- 50 mL water (3 Tbsp + 1 tsp)
- ½ Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup, honey or corn syrup
- ½ Tbsp dark brown sugar, packed
- A pinch of salt
- 80 g coarsely chopped pecans, roasted
- 170 g (6 oz) white chocolate chips or baking white chocolate chopped into small chunks
- ½ cup evaporated milk
- 2 cups pumpkin puree
- 3 large eggs, 2 separated
- 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg (optional)
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp salt
- Zest of 1 orange or 1 lemon
- 3 Tbsp brown sugar, preferably dark, packed
- Maple whipped cream for serving (simply whip 1 cup of cream with 3 Tbsp maple syrup)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
- For the crust: Whisk together flour, rice flour and salt and pour onto clean work surface. Place butter on top of the flour and rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until it looks crumbly, with no more large pieces remaining. Make a well in the centre. Beat the egg yolk and water until combined and add to the well. Gradually stir the flour into the liquid with your fingers, then knead the dry flour into the center until it becomes a smooth dough (if it’s too dry, you can add a little bit of water.) Refrigerate for 30 mins.
- While the dough rests, make the candied pecans. In a small pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the brown sugar, maple syrup and a pinch of salt and stir just until the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat and add the pecans and toss to coat evenly. Spread the nuts onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes just until the coating is dry. When done, move the oven rack to the lowest position in preparation for baking the pie.
- Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out to 1/8” thick and place into a pie plate, making sure the crust sits right up against the plate. Trim the edges and press with a fork all around to create a design. Dock the bottom with a fork and rest in fridge for at least 10 minutes.
- Bake the pie crust “blind” by lining the crust with parchment paper or foil and filling it with pie weights, dry beans, or uncooked rice. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the pie weight and the paper and bake again for 5 more minutes to dry off the bottom.
- Remove the pie crust and turn the oven up to 375°F.
- Once the crust is no longer super hot, (warm is okay), beat 1 egg and lightly brush the edges of the pie crust with it. Reserve the egg for the filling.
- For the filling: Heat evaporated milk in the microwave just until it starts to steam (about 30-45 seconds, be careful not to let it boil over!). Add half of the white chocolate to the hot evaporated milk without stirring and let it sit for 2 minutes until the white chocolate is soft. Stir to combine
- In a large mixing bowl, add pumpkin purée, 2 egg yolks, the beaten egg leftover from egg wash, spices, orange zest, and salt; whisk until well combined. Add the evaporated milk mixture and whisk until combined. Stir in the remaining white chocolate.
- In a separate bowl, beat 2 egg whites until frothy. Gradually add brown sugar and continue to beat until glossy and soft peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the pumpkin mixture in 2 additions.
- Pour filling into the pie shell and bake for 45-50 minutes. The filling will be puffed slightly and the edges of the filling will start to crack. When you jiggle the pie, the centre should wobble just a little.
- Scatter candied pecans over pie, and push them into the pie slightly to secure them. Let cool for a few hours, until it is at least lukewarm, before serving (the filling will be too soft to cut when hot).
- Serve with maple whipped cream!
White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie