Tis the Season – for soups and hot drinks – and pies! Pie is such a comfort food in the winter isn’t it? I love pies and really I kinda love making them. I really love to make them in a kitchen that is a bit more user friendly than mine. Pie dough is just fun to work with I think. I don’t care for making apple pies unless someone else is getting the apple filling ready. Peeling all those apples just takes more time than I have patience for 😀 My Mom and I used to make apple pies together when I still lived at home. I made the dough and put it in the pans and she peeled the apples and mixed the filling ingredients. Win-Win!
Anyway. I’m not sharing an apple pie recipe today I’m sharing Zucchini Pie! It’s delicious, better than pumpkin or squash and more like a rich cream pie, and no, it’s not green. My kids ask for this all the time. I’ve even had requests for this instead of cake for birthdays. My kids may not like other zucchini dishes I make, but cook and blend the stuff, add some sugar, spices, and milk and a crust and they are all over it!
For these pies I used my Best Pie Crust Ever recipe – I used whole wheat pastry flour for these shown here.
I use a blender for the ingredients and sprinkle cinnamon on top. I usually use a Cinnamon Plus Spice Blend that I get from Pampered Chef.
The pie bakes more like a cream pie than pumpkin or squash and is much milder than either of those too.
I guarantee you will be left with an empty pie plate if you serve this pie for your Thanksgiving dinner! I used to take this pie to church occasionally for church dinners and my husband always wanted me to put a sign on it that declared it to be zucchini pie – he was sure that would make people stay away from it and he’d get to take all the yummy-ness home! I’ve never gotten anything other than rave reviews for this one. This pie is even more amazing with some real whipped cream on top 🙂
- 2 cups zucchini peeled, cooked and drained
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 TBS flour
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1 1/2 TBS butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- dash salt
- 1 unbaked pie shell
- Puree the zucchini in blender. Add the rest of the ingredients, except cinnamon, in order listed. Blend till creamy and well mixed. Pour into pie shell. Sprinkle top with cinnamon. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes, then at 300° for 25 to 30 minutes, or until set.
I don't turn my oven back to 300° but to just above 325° - my oven is too cool at that low a temp and it takes forever to get the pie set. Adjust accordingly for your oven.
Don't have evaporated milk? Use Cream. Or 1/2 and 1/2. Or whole milk.
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I’m not exactly certain where you are located, but I am considering getting in the car and looking for your house because this looks so delicious! It reminds me of creme brulee in a pie crust. How did the crust turn out using whole wheat pastry flour? The crust appears flaky and light in the picture.
Do you think you could use frozen zucchini? I always try to freeze some at the end of summer for zucchini bread and cookies.
Jill Flory says
You crack me up Kellie! And you are right – it is a bit like creme brulee in a crust! The crust turns out flaky with any pastry flour. I still like the white pastry flour best for pies but it’s more the taste not the flakiness.
I would rather eat pie than cake any day. I’m going to make your zucchini pie recipe for Thanksgiving. It looks delicious. Regarding apple pie, you can buy one of those little gadgets that peels & slices the apples at the same time. I have one & I can cut up 7 or 8 apples in less than five minutes. It’s also easy on the hands which is good for me since I have rheumatoid arthritis.
Jill Flory says
Tricia, I do have one of those things – I just never get it out and use it! My husband does occasionally but somehow all those years of not liking to do it and I just reach for a different recipe instead!
I like making pies too! They do take a bit of time for no further than they go, but I enjoy putting them together now and then!
Zucchini pie is Soooo yummy!
Jill Flory says
I have some zucchini sitting in the kitchen right now – i really should make my family a pie! Just know I’d want to eat it too and it’s not really on my health plan!