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Chocolate Maple Chess Pie with a Pumpkin Crust
Recipe by Katherine
Pump It Up
A chess pie is a simple, one-crust pie that has a custardy filling. The most usual flavors are plain (vanilla), lemon, and chocolate. This recipe is a riff on a Chocolate Chess Pie with a soft, fresh pumpkin crust and a autumn flavors like maple and cinnamon. (The little bit of cornmeal in the filling is what distinguishes "Chess" pies from other similar ones.)

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 250. 2 ½ cups grated pumpkin* (raw with peel removed, liquid squeezed out and discarded) 1 TBsp maple syrup Gently mix together until well combined. Press into bottom and sides of well-greased 9” pie pan, forming a crust. Bake 1 hour. Increase heat to 375 and bake 15 minutes more. Remove from oven. Set aside to cool. * Any pumpkin will work for this, but it is best if you go to your local farm stand and ask for a great-tasting pumpkin with strong color.
  2. Turn oven to 350. 6 TBsp butter, margarine, or coconut oil, melted ½ cup sugar ¼ cup brown sugar 1 TBsp maple syrup Combine well.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, one at a time, mixing until just incorporated after each. ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 TBsp cornmeal (This ingredient makes it a “chess” pie.) 1 TBsp flour (preferably whole wheat) 1/3 cup milk Pinch of salt 1 tsp cinnamon Pour filling into cooled crust.
  4. Return to oven, and bake 40-60 minutes, until firm. Allow to come to room temperature or nearly before serving. Great with whipped cream, ice cream, a dusting of powdered sugar, or apple cider.
Ingredients:
  • Grated pumpkin* (raw with peel removed, liquid squeezed out and discarded) x 2 1/2 cup
  • Maple Syrup x 1 tablespoon
  • Butter, margarine, or coconut oil, melted x 6 tablespoon
  • Sugar x 1/2 cup
  • Brown sugar x 1/4 cup
  • Maple Syrup x 1 tablespoon
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder x 1/4 cup
  • Cornmeal (This ingredient makes it a “chess” pie.) x 1 tablespoon
  • Flour (preferably whole wheat) x 1 tablespoon
  • Milk x 1/3 cup
  • Salt (a pinch) x 1
  • Cinnamon x 1 teaspoon

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