I used to think dessert wasn’t dessert unless it’s main ingredient was chocolate. But I have changed my ways. Don’t get me wrong- I am still a chocolate girl. But I am finding the joy in non chocolate desserts too.
This walnut date pie with cinnamon and orange zest is warm and comforting. I love the flavors, especially topped with a dollop of unsweetened homemade whip cream. What better way to end Thanksgiving dinner.
This can be made into one 9″ pie or a couple dozen mini pies. If you are going to a quaint sit down Thanksgiving, I would make one pie. But if there is going to be a crowd and lots of food, the mini pies are the way to go.
For the crust I used a paleo recipe from from Against All Grain which is simple and works great. But if you have a favorite pie crust recipe, go for that one. And I won’t tell if you use store bought pie crust either.
This recipe can easily be made the day before to make your Thanksgiving day a little less stressful.
If you are in the mind frame that dessert isn’t dessert unless it’s chocolate. try this chocolate cake with creme fraiche.
- 2 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 egg
- 5 tsp ice cold water
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 3 1/2 tbsp palm shortening
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted and chopped
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 2 tbsp flour (I used almond flour)
- 2 farm eggs, whisked
- 3/4 cup sugar (I use coconut sugar)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup organic heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
To make Crust: Preheat oven to 325. In a cuisinart, add the first 5 ingredients and process for 20-30 seconds. Add the shortening, dropping each tbsp around the bowl. Pulse several times until the dough comes together. Grease a pie plate or a mini muffin pan. For Mini Tarts, press about a tbsp of dough into each cavity and evenly spread it out using your fingers. For a pie, add the dough and press it out evenly on the bottom and sides. Place a piece of parchment paper on top and add pie weights or dried beans on top. Bake for 10 minutes. (Mini Tarts bake for 8 minutes, no weights needed)
To make date-walnut mixture:
Add all the ingredients to a medium bowl and stir together until well combined. For a pie, add mixture to the pie crust and spread our evenly and bake for 25 minutes.
For mini tarts, add 1 tbsp of the mixture to each tartlet and bake for about 18-20 minutes.
To make Homemade Whip Cream:
Add cream and extract to a bowl and using a hand mixer on medium/high speed mix until the cream form stiff peaks. Add a dollop to the each piece of pie.
Serve pie room temperature or warm.