Category — gluten-free pumpkin pie
When I was a kid, my dad would occasionally eat leftover pumpkin pie for breakfast. I thought it was the ultimate in adult self-indulgence. When it was offered to me it just felt too hedonistic, even for a kid. That would be something that I would earn over time, along with wrinkles and paying for babysitters…
So here I am, a hundred years later, having met the above qualifications outlined by my juvenile sensibilities. And what do I do with my adult liberties? Feed pie to my kids for breakfast! Not because I am making up for my childhood asceticism, but because I am confident in the healthy ingredients making for a nutritious meal. Not only do I feed them pie, but also rice pudding. Both are staples in our home; they make great after-school snacks and dessert, the amount of sugar can be modified, extra eggs can be added, you can use your choice of milk, and one can choose to use a pie crust or not. We make more “pudding” than actual pie in our home. Keep in mind that anytime you combine milk, eggs and heat, it will eventually gel into a custard, the exact proportions can vary. The texture will be dictated by the ratio of eggs to milk.
My youngest, Xander, who is almost two, has a legendary “thing” for pie. It was one of his first words – sounds more like “bye” than pie. It can be a bit deflating to pull a toddler out of his crib first thing in the morning to be met with “Bye!” unless one knows how to read the timing and inflection. Regardless, today was his lucky morning. Links to recipes for his waking delights: Pumpkin Pie (or pudding), Almond Pie Crust (gluten-free!).
April 4, 2008 3 Comments
Pumpkin Pie (or pudding)
1 can pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cup cream or any kind of milk (cow’s, rice, almond, etc)
1/4 C. maple syrup plus 2 Tbsp. molasses* (or 1/3 cup maple syrup)
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 Tbsp vanilla
Blend, pour into crust or greased baking dish and bake at 350F 35-45 min. Serve with whipped cream!
*The molasses will make the pie much darker, more brown than orange, and it will add a lot of flavor and nutrition. Molasses is naturally high in iron, potassium, magnesium and B vitamins.
Adults love this but sometimes it is too rich for the wee ones. Give it a try and if they don’t like it, have them scoop out the filling and you can eat their crust!
April 4, 2008 1 Comment