Oh Whole Foods, I already loved you but now you truly have my heart. Why am I expressing such love for a grocery store? Well, aside from all of the wonderful gluten-free products that Whole Foods has carried for years, they recently added frozen gluten-free piecrusts to their Gluten-Free Bakehouse line.While in general, I prefer to make things from scratch, a flaky, gluten-free pastry crust is not that easy. I used the Gluten-Free pantry mix to make crust for a delicious gluten-free pumpkin pie last year. But when the Delphi Celiac Forums started buzzing about the Whole Foods frozen piecrusts, I knew I had to find a pie recipe to try them out. The results were incredible, the Chocolate Pecan Pie and the crust were a huge hit at my holiday soiree this year.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Pecan Pie (adapted from Karo Syrup Recipe Collection)
1 cup sugar
1 cup dark corn syrup
5 ounces semisweet gluten-free chocolate
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla
1 1/2 cups raw pecans
1 (9-inch) unbaked or frozen deep-dish pie crust
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a double boiler, gently melt the chocolate and set aside to cool slightly. If you don’t have a double boiler, set up a large pyrex bowl over a saucepot with simmering water.
In medium bowl, beat eggs slightly with a fork. Add sugar, Corn Syrup, chocolate, margarine and vanilla; stir until well blended. Stir in pecans. Pour into pie crust.
Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until center of pie appears barely set. Cool on wire rack.
To use prepared frozen pie crust: Place cookie sheet in oven and preheat oven as directed. Pour filling into frozen crust and bake on preheated cookie sheet.
TIPS: Pie is done when center reaches 200°F. Tap center surface of pie lightly – it should spring back when done. For easy clean up, spray pie pan with cooking spray before placing pie crust in pan. If pie crust is overbrowning, cover edges with foil.
It will be messy when you cut into it – but that’s just part of the fun of pecan pie! And if you can’t find the frozen crusts and are too overwhelmed to make the crust yourself, you can always try Cassandra’s Easy Crustless Pecan Pie.
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