Pumpkin Mascarpone Pie with Candied Pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare Pastry for Single-Crust Pie. On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten pastry. Roll pastry from center to edges into a circle about 12 inches in diameter. Wrap pastry circle around the rolling pin. Unroll into a 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate without stretching it. Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold under extra pastry even with the edge of the plate. Crimp edge as desired. Do not prick pastry.
- Using the tip of a small sharp knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean. Set seeds aside. In a large mixing bowl beat pumpkin and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Add eggs, egg yolk, cinnamon, salt, ginger, lemon peel, orange peel, nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla seeds. Beat until smooth. Pour pumpkin mixture into pastry-lined pie plate.
- Bake about 1 hour or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. If necessary to prevent overbrowning, cover edge of pie loosely with foil for the last 10 to 15 minutes of baking. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill within 2 hours.
- In a medium mixing bowl combine whipping cream, mascarpone cheese, granulated sugar, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Spread mascarpone mixture over top of pie. Sprinkle with Candied Pecans.
From the Test Kitchen
Prepare Candied Pecans. Transfer to an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 1 week. Prepare pie as directed through Step 3. Cover and chill for up to 2 days. Before serving, prepare mascarpone mixture as directed in Step 4 and spread over top of pie. Sprinkle with Candied Pecans.
Cant find vanilla beans? Use 2 teaspoons vanilla extract instead. For an even warmer spice profile, add 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom to the filling. Treat yourself: Spoon 1 tablespoon of your favorite caramel sauce, warmed, onto your slice of pie.
- Line a baking sheet with foil. Butter the foil; set baking sheet aside. In a small heavy skillet combine pecans, sugar, and butter. Cook over medium-high heat, shaking the skillet occasionally, until sugar begins to melt. Do not stir. Reduce heat to low; continue to cook until sugar is golden, stirring occasionally.
- Pour mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, spreading evenly. Cool completely. Break into pieces.
Pastry for a Single-Crust Pie
- In a medium bowl stir together flour and salt. Using pastry blender, cut in shortening and butter until pieces are pea size.
- Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the water over part of the flour mixture; toss with a fork. Push moistened pastry to side of bowl. Repeat moistening flour mixture, using 1 tablespoon of the water at a time, until flour mixture is moistened. Gather flour mixture into a ball, kneading gently until it holds together.
- On a lightly floured surface use your hands to slightly flatten pastry. Roll pastry from center to edges into a circle about 12 inches in diameter.
- Wrap pastry circle around the rolling pin. Unroll into a 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate without stretching it.
- Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold under extra pastry even with the plate's edge. Crimp edge as desired. Do not prick pastry. Fill and bake as directed in recipes.
Nutrition Facts (Pastry for a Single-Crust Pie)
- Per serving:
- 191 kcal ,
- 12 g fat
- ( 5 g sat. fat ,
- 2 g polyunsaturated fat ,
- 4 g monounsaturated fat ),
- 15 mg chol. ,
- 187 mg sodium ,
- 18 g carb. ,
- 1 g fiber ,
- 0 g sugar ,
- 2 g pro.
Nutrition Facts (Pumpkin Mascarpone Pie with Candied Pecans)
- Per serving:
- 442 kcal ,
- 28 g fat
- (13 g sat. fat ,
- 5 g polyunsaturated fat ,
- 9 g monounsaturated fat ),
- 111 mg chol. ,
- 318 mg sodium ,
- 45 g carb. ,
- 2 g fiber ,
- 27 g sugar ,
- 6 g pro.