Maple Walnut Cream Pie

"In going through my late mother's things, I came across this recipe she had clipped years ago. It just screams "Thanksgiving" to me, and I am dying to try it."
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Ready In:
3hrs 15mins
1 9-inch pie




  • To make filling, combine maple syrup and milk in saucepan. Beat egg yolks and add to saucepan. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes over medium heat. Dissolve gelatin in water. Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in dissolved gelatin and maple extract. Refrigerate 30-45 minutes, until mixture begins to thicken.
  • Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold in whipped cream. Stir into thickened maple mixture. Stir in nuts. Spoon into baked pie shell. (You may not use all of the filling.) Refrigerate until firm.
  • Spread whipped topping over filling and serve.

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I didn't start cooking until my early 20's, even though I come from a family of accomplished and admired home cooks. While I grew up watching my Italian grandmother in the kitchen, I remained uninterested in trying anything on my own. As a young lady, I was known for being particularly ignorant in the kitchen, with no idea how to even make a hot dog! All this changed, however, when I got engaged. I realized it was time to let my inherent talents out of the bag. At the time, the New York Times had a weekly column called The 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey. Each week, I would follow these recipes diligently, and taught myself to cook that way. From there, I began to read cookbooks and consult with relatives on family recipes. At my ripe old age now, I feel I know enough to put together a very pleasing meal and have become accomplished in my own right. Having an Irish father and an Italian mother, I'm glad I inherited the cooking gene (and the drinking one too!). One thing I have learned is that simpler is always better! I always believe cooking fills a need to nurture and show love. After being widowed fairly young and living alone with my dog and cats, I stopped cooking for awhile, since I really had no one to cook for. I made care packages for my grown son occasionally, and like to cook weekly for my boyfriend, so I feel like I am truly back in the saddle!!
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