Bitter Toffee Pecan Pie
The name Bitter Toffee Pecan Pie might be a bit misleading here; it’s not a Pecan Pie and it’s not really bitter it’s just that the molasses and Greek Yoghurt adds a certain sharpness to the taste. And there are a lot of pecan nuts in the thing – particularly in the new gluten-free biscuit base option.
First dessert recipe from abitmoreveg and it’s a cheesecake. I think I mentioned – somewhere – on twimii that I’m not a huge fan of cheesecakes but then I decided to try a mix of Greek yoghurt with cream cheese and molasses and maple syrup melted in butter and – I love it. I came up with this after trying a mix of molasses, Greek yoghurt and maple syrup which I really liked. I thought it kind of had a bitter toffee taste and I wanted to add some treat for Halloween to the site so I decided to see if it worked as a cheesecake. Some people love this, especially me, but some people really don’t. Just letting you know. I made a gluten-free version of this recently and I’m really happy with it – except I think I should reduce the amount of butter in the base – but I’ve left it as it is for the moment. And of course I’ve included the gluten-free version here as well.
This is more of a cheesecake than a pecan pie. Since it’s a cheesecake it is of course full of fat and sugar but there’s good stuff in there too. There are 2 dessertspoons of natural greek yoghurt in the creamy filling which means it contains calcium and vitamin B12 as well potassium, protein, zinc and vitamin B6. Also most of the sugar in the pie is from crude treacle (molasses) and maple syrup. Maple syrup provides some calcium and a little magnesium, while crude molasses is a great source of iron, calcium, vitamin B6, potassium and magnesium. And then there’s the pecan nuts which are a source of some good fat, some protein, fibre, magnesium, vitamin B6, iron and even a tiny amount of vitamins A and C.
So quite full of goodness really … as well as having lots of butter, cream cheese and biscuits. Well, it is a treat.
It’s important when buying the treacle that you get the crude blackstrap molasses type. For one thing this is the type that has all the nutrients and for another it has a much stronger taste than the more refined version.
Another thing is I think I add too much butter to the base. 50g would probably be sufficient. And also I’ve changed the way I make the toffee sauce because I found it’s better to bring the maple syrup to the boil and when it’s starts to thicken and get more toffee like then stir in the butter, stirring all the time.
See that flat base on the pie below – don’t do that. High crust – way to go. This pie didn’t stick to the fridge shelf because the toffee isn’t flowing it’s sticky and already a little solid but it may drip slowly down the sides as it did with the large pie which had more toffee on top. Fun getting it out of the fridge. Fun cleaning up afterwards. All round good fun. Yeah, high crust way to go.
Still love it though.