Monday, December 3, 2012

milling mondays: whole wheat pecan pie

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving week with my family in Florida ... and it even included my farfar (grandfather) who flew in from Denmark.  One of my farfar's favorite pies is pecan pie.  So every holiday we spend with my farfar, my mom makes a pecan pie. This time, we set out to make a whole wheat version of the favorite pecan pie recipe. And it turned out great.

100% Whole Wheat Pecan Pie


1 cup whole wheat flour (1/2 cup hard wheat berries and 1/2 cup soft wheat berries)
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup Crisco
3-4 Tbs ice cold water

3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup white Karo syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup pecans
1/4 cup butter


If you mill your own flour, then first mill 1/2 cup hard wheat berries and 1/2 cup soft wheat berries. I of course use my WonderMill.  Since this is a pie crust, the crust will be too dense if you leave in all of the bran. Therefore, it is best to sift the milled whole wheat flour once. Use a very fine sift to ensure as much of the bran as possible is left behind. I use this one. Save the bran that was sifted from the flour to use later in, for example, your cereal to give you extra bran.

Mix the sifted flour, salt, and Crisco together by hand.  Then add one tablespoon of ice cold water at a time to the mixture until it comes together. Mix it together gently. This is not the kind of dough you want to mix too much, just enough to bring it together to form a ball.

 Next roll out the dough and place it in the pie dish.
Pre-heat the oven to 300F
Once the crust is done, it is time to make the filling. Mix together the sugar, Karo syrup, eggs, and vanilla. Pour the mixture into the pie shell. Add the pecans on top of the mixture. Cut up the butter and place it on top of the pecans.

Bake the pie for 1 hour. The pie is done when a knife blade comes out clean. You can also do the shake test. If the pie still jiggles when you shake it, it is not done.

Enjoy!  This is of course by no means a healthy dessert ... but it is whole wheat so that has to count for something right?;) BUT when it is Thanksgiving such pies are allowed, especially when it is a favorite of your beloved grandfather.