Smashing Pumpkins is an inseparable part of me and my growing up. Listening to their music throws me back in time to all those passionate feelings I went trough as a teenager under 20. Oh, those nerve racking times when the world was just filled with emotion! Aaaaah. Smashing Pumpkins was the purrfect companion on the road to adulthood. Energy, sorrow, rage, longing, despair and love in an artsy enough yet approachable package. Something to adore.
This, Kukka and pumpkin season inspired me to try something not very Finnish: a pumpkin pie which I believe is very common and loved in the States. And yes, I can see why after tasting it. An autumny (this adjective always makes me think of Tumnus) and christmassy combination of spices and tastes is a genuine comfort food. My version is naturally as paleo as can be. The only exception would be the stevia.
Pumpkin Pie for the Paleo
- 3 dl pureéd pumpkin (I roasted the pumpkin cubes in the oven and then pureéd it)
- 2 egg yolks
- (…or just use the gingerbread spice)
- vanilla stevia
Mix everything and adjust the taste. Prepare the “crust”.
Crust (you may do which ever version you like, I made this)
- coconut flakes/desiccated coconut
- some pecans
Melt the butter and ground the pecans and the coconut flakes but be careful not to turn them into flour! They should be a bit coarse. Mix with butter and spread in a pie tin. Set in the fridge for awhile to settle. When the crust is settled, spread the filling on it and bake in 175 degrees for about 45 to 60 minutes, until it’s settled.
NOTE that this recipe makes a very small pie and hence it’s very thin, be careful not to burn it, cover with foil if needed. You may want to prepare a bigger batch for the normal pie tin, I just didn’t have any more pumpkin.
As an added treat, prepare meringue on top!
- 2 (or more) egg whites
- stevia or sugar to sweeten it
Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Spread on the baked pumpkin pie and bake in 150 degrees until the meringue turn a bit golden, maybe 8 to 12 minutes.
Pumpkin pie’s worth trying, whether you prepare the old-fashioned or the paleo way. Believe in me as I believe in you.