Food & Drink

Maple-nut pie

1 recipe Single-Crust Pie Pastry, or 1 rolled refrigerated unbaked pie crust (1/2 of a 15-oz. package)1 1/2 cups pure maple syrup3 eggs6 tablespoon butter, softened1/3 cup granulated sugar1/4 cup packed brown sugar2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted1 tablespoon vanilla2 tablespoons light rum (optional)1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmegRum raisin or vanilla ice cream

Makes 10 servings.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Prepare pastry and line 9-inch pie plate. Prick bottom and sides of pastry with fork. Line pastry with double thickness of foil. Bake 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 5 minutes more or until crust is lightly browned; cool. Reduce oven to 350 degrees.

In saucepan bring maple syrup to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 to 12 minutes or until reduced to 1 cup.

In medium bowl beat eggs with electric mixer on medium to high speed until thick and lemon colored, about 5 minutes.

In large bowl beat butter with electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated and brown sugars; beat to combine. Beat in reduced syrup and eggs. Fold in walnuts, vanilla, rum and nutmeg. Pour into prebaked crust.

Bake pie on baking sheet in lower third of oven 35 minutes or until set around edges; cool. Serve with ice cream.

Nutritional information per serving: 526 cal, 30 g fat (8 g sat. fat), 82 mg cholesterol, 135 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.

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