Friday, October 19, 2007
I have to admit that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. How could you not love a holiday that is nothing but food and family. I know for most of us out there, the family part can be a little hard to swallow, but they are part of it and without them it just would not be the same(good or is what it is)! We are happily hosting Thanksgiving this year for some of our family, so I have started to really think about food for the event! I have been told by my sister-in-law that I am not aloud to cook with any weird stuff - and by weird, she means soy or tofu...I smell tofurky in the air! Ever since I started looking around at a lot of the vegan blogs, I have really learned a lot about baking and cooking without dairy. I am so thankful to all of the bloggers out there for posting such great recipes and photos so I can now bake again without worries. It has really been fun to try other people recipes and come out with such great results. I have to tell you that most of the people that benefit from all of this baking are my family and the guys at the studio. They have all loved my little adventures in baking!

So we were having the guys from the studio over the other night and I was in the mood for pumpkin something. I was not sure what to make, but it had to be quick to put together and something that I could try for the holidays. I am not much of a pie person (I only really like a cookie/graham crust) and the illustrator is really trying to keep the carbs down. So, on my search I came across this recipe for "Impossible Vegan Pumpkin Pie" from the fatfreevegan that I thought I would give a try. How easy is it to put everything in a blender and bake. I was sold! I am always a little nervous trying out a new recipe on people so my husband was nice enough to take the first bite. "This is all of the things I love about pumpkin pie", is the first thing out of his mouth! If that is not a slogan for this pie, I don't know what is. The smell was incredible...the flavor was unbelievable! I loved it. I loved it so much, I was excited that there was a couple of pieces left over for us to sneak later...they got eaten before everybody left! It was loved by all and I will definitely be making again very soon!

(this picture does not do it justice, but it was late at night and I thought you should see the consistency of this great pie!)

Impossible Vegan Pumpkin Pie
(adapted from fatfreevegan)

1 1/2 cups light plain soymilk
1/2 cup liquid egg substitute
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups canned pumpkin
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour (I love this stuff)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
2 TBSP Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1/4 tsp. ginger powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9-inch deep dish pie pan with cooking spray. (I do not have this, so I used a 10 inch tart pan) A deep dish is recommended because this pie will rise a lot during cooking but will fall back down as it cools.

Put the first five ingredients in the blender, and blend well. Add the pumpkin, and puree. Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high for 2 minutes, stopping to scrape the sides a couple of times to make sure everything is thoroughly blended. Pour into a pie pan and bake for about 60 minutes (mine was done at 45 minutes) . The top and edges should be brown, but the edges should not be over-done. (Since this is a custardy pie, using the standard toothpick or knife test does not work; it will remain somewhat moist in the center, but it shouldn't be uncooked.)

Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the counter. For best results, refrigerate until chilled before eating.

With my changes it was only 131 calories per slice (8 pieces in the pie)

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 7:40 PM  
  • At October 20, 2007 at 12:42 AM, Blogger Celine said…

    this is my favorite pie!

  • At October 20, 2007 at 4:45 PM, Blogger VeggieGirl said…

    haha, actually, being with family is my FAVORITE part of Thanksgiving (and every holiday, for that matter); but of course the scrumptious food is terrific as well, haha. gorgeous pumpkin pie you've got there!!

  • At October 23, 2007 at 10:39 AM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen said…

    Celine, I think this is my new favorite too!

    Veggie Girl, I have to admit that the family is my favorite part too! There is always craziness, but I guess I find some strange comfort in that!

  • At October 23, 2007 at 1:49 PM, Blogger Emilie said…

    the pie looks perfect. i too like to get ready in advance for thanksgiving. i'm going to make my friends sit down and menu plan with me soon. looks like this pie is certainly something to put on the menu.

  • At October 23, 2007 at 2:20 PM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen said…

    Hi, Emilie! I a definitely making this one for Thanksgiving! I have already started full swing with the menu for the holidays. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

  • At October 24, 2007 at 4:27 PM, Blogger Emilie said…

    Oh no, you've started already? Now I feel behind! Oh well, maybe you'll help me through with ideas and inspiration. I've got to do an anniversary dinner (our 7th--whoa!?!), a 30th birthday party, and then I get down to business on Thanksgiving. I'm going to give this pie a test run though. Can't resist!

  • At October 24, 2007 at 4:46 PM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen said…

    Emilie, I was just telling my husband about your business venture this morning. I am so excited for you to do that. I can't wait to hear more about it! And congrats on the Anniversary! Mine is almost 13yrs and I am having the time of my life!

  • At October 25, 2007 at 1:32 AM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    I think the picture looks divine! I like the setting in the first photo, really nice. Hmm, pumpkin abounds on the blogs lately, and I have yet to make anything pumpkin as of yet! I had better get on it. Thanks for the recipe idea!

  • At October 27, 2007 at 11:35 AM, Blogger The Dickel Man said…

    I've got my pie right here.
    The Dickel Man

  • At October 28, 2007 at 11:30 AM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen said…

    I know you do, Dickel Man!

  • At October 28, 2007 at 5:18 PM, Blogger eatme_delicious said…

    Looks good! I'm convinced that I must add it to my "to try" list because of what your husband said. :)

  • At October 28, 2007 at 5:56 PM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen said…

    You should definitely try it, eat me delicious! I am craving it again already. I am trying to hold off until Thanksgiving so it will still be exciting!

  • At October 28, 2007 at 7:51 PM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen said…

    Alisa, you have to get into the pumpkin spirit! I really don't think there is anything better!

  • At December 8, 2010 at 11:59 AM, Anonymous thehealthyapron said…

    ooo great recipe! I'm really trying to be a bit more vegan so I can always use inspirtation!

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