1/2 cup walnut or pecan halves, or chop in pieces, you decide
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tablespoons butter or butter substitute
pinch of Kosher salt
Preheat oven to 350°F.
If you want the nuts chopped, do that now and set aside.
3. Mix the crust ingredients in a medium-sized bowl until combined. Press mixture evenly into an 8” or 9” square baking dish, covering the bottom and sides.
4. Bake for 10 minutes or until the crust starts to brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
5. Using an electric mixer, whisk the eggs with the coconut sugar until you get a pale brown foam. Add the vanilla extract. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan. Add the butter and maple sugar. Cook over medium-low heat for about 8 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Turn off the heat. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
6. Fill the crust with the warm, thick filling. Arrange walnut or pecan halves (or chopped nut pieces) over the filling.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350°F.
8. Let cool to room temperature and refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours before serving.
9. Serve the pie with cool whip or your favorite garnish.
This weekend we’re going to see the new Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ Glass Menagerie. We saw a Broadway revival of this play 3 years ago and didn’t like it. We’re going again because NY has a new young, extremely talented director, Sam Gold, whose ascent has been remarkable. Sam Gold is directing Menagerie, and we want to see how he deals with the challenges of this great play. Already, he has eliminated all intermissions, in order for the acting to go smoothly without interruption.
He always has some creative surprise in each play he directs. Sam Gold won a Best Director Tony recently for Broadway’s Fun House. His interpretation for off-Broadway, Look Back in Anger, a few years ago was awesome.
One way or another, we’ll have a good time.
Hope your weekend is restful and filled with the beauty of Springtime!