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Black Walnut Pie

by Emma on October 26, 2011

in Dessert

I was thinking ahead here. I was trying to come up with a delicious alternative to pecan pie, along with creating a nutty-pie recipe that didn’t involve corn syrup.

Not because I don’t like pecan pie.

And not because I don’t like corn syrup.

Because I totally do.

Just for the challenge, variety’s sake, and because my boyfriend does not like corn syrup. (What a weirdo…. just kidding!)

I must say, this is a wonderful alternative. It’s slightly less sweet and…. um… gel-like (you how sometimes pecan pie can get a little too much like jelly inside?) but still packs that delicious and perfect-for-the-season nut taste. Enjoy this with a little scoop of ice cream on top, if you really want to do it up, that is.

Black Walnut Pie, filling recipe originally seen here.

For the crust you’ll need: 1 1/4 cups flour, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup (one stick) of cold butter, 2-4 tablespoons cold water.

If you have a food processor (lucky you! that’s the #1 thing on my Christmas list this year) place all the ingredients except the water in the processor and pulse until fine and grainy. Add water and pulse until a dough ball forms. You can do this with your (clean) hands if you don’t have a food processor. Once you have a dough ball form a small disk, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or two.

Roll out dough into a large circle and place in a well-greased standard size pie pan. Crimp the edges (mine turned out extremely… um… rustic looking) and use a fork to poke a few holes in the bottom. Cover the inside with parchment paper and fill with pie weights, dry beans, or dry rice (the poor man’s pie weights) and bake at 375 F for 10 minutes.

For the filling you’ll need: 3 eggs, 1 cup packed dark brown sugar, 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup chopped and toasted walnuts, 1/2 cup evaporated milk, 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, 1/4 cup (half a stick) melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.

Stir all the filling ingredients together until just combined. Pour into partially baked pie shell and continue to cook at 350 F for 30-35 minutes.

xo. Emma


Rae Veda October 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Oh my gosh! This looks so so yummy! A great Thanksgiving treat. xo, rv

steffy October 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm

This is great! I’ve always loved pecan pie but I’ve never really liked the “gel” like consistency that it has. I wonder if you could make this recipe but with pecans. Yum.

Amanda October 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I think this pie sounds fabulous! i think i am making a pumpkin pie this weekend….just for fun you know! :)

Kelly October 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Yum! I’m a picky eater, but desserts [especially pies] are one thing I’m NOT picky about. Pecan pie is one of my all-time favorites, but I wouldn’t be against trying something a little different.

Thanks for sharing!

sally October 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Oh man…I am craving walnut-flavored things lately. This sounds awesome.

Molly Halloran October 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I am SO picky when it comes to pie…I hate cooked fruit (except for apples), don’t like most pudding, don’t like custard, and hate the consistency of pecan pie. This looks PERFECT for me! I can’t wait to try it!

Georgia October 26, 2011 at 9:11 pm
grace October 26, 2011 at 11:54 pm

yum! this looks great!


irene wibowo October 27, 2011 at 2:38 am

looks so yummy…

Gwen October 27, 2011 at 3:06 am

Just pinned this and am planning to bake it up. What a great idea! Thanks

dot October 27, 2011 at 3:29 am

Can you do a “day in the daily life” post? That probably sounds weird, but it would be really neat to see what a small business owner does on an average day.

Emma October 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm

maybe i will sometime, that sounds fun (if not a little random as my days can be quite varied). thanks for the kind suggestion. :)

Johnny October 27, 2011 at 6:45 am

Looks amazing. Might be a little be high calorie wise, right?


Manja October 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

Ah, amazing! I just bought chopped walnuts and didn’t really know what to do with them. I will totally try making that pie next week!

Elizabeth October 28, 2011 at 9:27 pm

This is a fab idea. Mmmm… got me thinking about all kinds of nut pies.

Lauren Helen October 29, 2011 at 3:49 am

This looks SO good. I’ve never attempted pie, however, and it makes me nervous.

CJ October 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm

OMG! Do you ever find yourself thinking “what a good idea, why didn’t I think of that”? That was my first reaction to this recipe. It sounds delicious and I’m definitely going to try it! I co-commiserate with you on the food processer, I don’t have one either (I also do not have a Kitchen Aide mixer *pout, pout, sniffle*), and must admit that as much as I like to cook & bake, I usually opt for store-bought crust. I love traditional pecan pie, but I can never manage more than a few bites since it’s so rich – maybe I’ll be able to eat an entire slice of this pie!

Ashlee November 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Just discovered you blog Emma. I too was looking for an alternative to pecan pie for Thanksgiving. Can’t wait to try this!

Shelly November 25, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Fabulous recipe!! I made it for Thanksgiving (along with pumpkin pies!) and everyone loved it! Thanks for sharing this. :)