Juicy pears combine with spicy-sweet parsnips in the most unusual pie you’ve ever had! Vegan, gluten-free, and delightfully creamy, this pie will be your new seasonal favorite.
Pears. The lowly, less celebrated cousin of the apple. Often overlooked and forgotten about despite being a seasonal star this time of year. Sure, people go apple picking…but what about pear picking?! Johnny Appleseed is famous in children’s folklore…but where’s Johnny Pearseed? Celebrities name their children Apple, but what about Pear?
Needless to say, it’s time the pear stole some of the spotlight back! My friends and I are here today to feature the pear in all its wonderful, seasonal glory! We are PRO-pear, if you will. 😉
Pears…sweet, crunchy, and perfect for snacking. They also happen to be in peak season right now! And that’s why my blogging buddies and I have decided to choose them as our ingredient of the month for out bi-monthly recipe party!
Today you’re getting 5 unique, VEGAN recipes that feature pears as the main ingredient! All healthy, all delicious, and all perfect for the season. After all there’s no partridge in an APPLE tree, if you know what I mean. 😉
Let’s start with my recipe! It’s my second pie I’m sharing this year and I have to say I’m pretty proud of it. It’s unusual, seasonably appropriate, and tastes amazing. Plus it came out perfect on the first try! It’s not very often you can say that during recipe testing.
May I present….Vegan Pear Parsnip Pie!
Now I know what you’re thinking. Pear and PARSNIP!? A veggie in pie?! Hear me out for a second!
Parsnips, like pears, are in season right now. They’re starchy, have a mild sweet and spicy taste, and have flavor notes reminiscent of nutmeg and cinnamon. In my opinion, those three qualities make them perfect for baking with!
Sure it was a crazy combo to try….but so crazy that just, well, WORKED. Trust me here, people.
Vegan Pear Parsnip Pie
- Prep Time: 30 mins
- Cook Time: 45 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
- Yield: 1 pie 1x
- Category: Dessert
- For Gluten-Free Pie Crust:
- 1 ½ cup gluten-free flour (I used oat flour)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup Simply Sesame Spread (or other neutral nut/seed butter)
- warm water (about ½ to 3/4 cup)
- For Vegan Pie Filling:
- 1 lb. medium parsnips, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks
- 2 large Bartlet pears, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks
- 1 cup vanilla soy milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp cornstarch + 3 tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
- For the Gluten-Free Pie Crust:
- Mix together dry ingredients. Pour in Simply Sesame Spread. Mix in warm water, a small amount at a time, until a dry dough forms.
- Place 1 large sheet of waxed paper on a flat surface, using a few drops of water underneath to hold it in place. Transfer dough to top of this waxed paper and cover with another sheet. Roll out the dough to desired thickness. Remove top sheet of waxed paper and transfer crust to oiled pie pan. Set aside.
- For the Vegan Pie Filling:
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the parsnips and pears and cook until tender when pierced with a fork, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain the parsnips and pears in a colander and let them steam under a clean kitchen towel for about 5 minutes. Return the parsnips and pears to the pot and mash them with a potato masher, keeping the semi-chunky. Measure 2 cups of the parsnip-pear mash; save any extra for another use.
- Purée the 2 cups of mashed parsnips and pears and the non-dairy milk in a blender until smooth. Transfer the purée to a mixing bowl. With a whisk, beat in the sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and corn starch mixture whisking until the sugar dissolves.
- Spread filling evenly into the pie crust.
- Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving. Store in the fridge.
Vegan (of course), gluten-free, and nut-free too! This pie can be enjoyed by anyone this holiday season and is a great change from traditional apple or pumpkin pie. I think personally think this pie deserves a place on your table this year. I know it will be on my family’s!
Speaking of family, I consider the girl’s that I party with every other month to be part of my family! They’re all so talented and creative in the kitchen. Let’s see what they’ve come up with this month…
Spiced Pear Donuts with Cashew-Caramel Icing from Kim at The Coconut Diaries
Pear and Cranberry Crisp from Jess at Choosing Chia
Spiced Chocolate Pear Overnight Oats from Natalie at Feasting on Fruit
Chocolate Chip Pear Streusel Mug Cake from Rachel and Bethany at Athletic Avocado
Pretty PEARfect, eh? 😉
So do me a favor, make some pear-filled for your holiday table this year! No matter what you celebrate these delicious pear delicacies will be a welcome addition to your menu! You’re really covered for every meal here…holiday breakfast, dessert, mid-present opening snack? There’s something sweet and yummy to munch on all day.
Want to see our other roundups? Check out these links…
Have a happy holiday season, folks! My friends and I will see you real soon for another fabulous, seasonal recipe roundup party!
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