Monday, December 1, 2008

blog mom's zucchini custard pie

don't let the zucchini part fool you - this pie is delicious. a faithful reader of mine, lynn, sent me this recipe to try. she has supported my blog since the very beginning, sending me emails of encouragement and comments on my recipes. i now affectionately call her 'blog mom,' and she convinced me that this zucchini pie recipe would knock my socks off. she was right - it was a perfect sweet treat for the holiday and got rave reviews from everyone!

the original recipe called for 1 cup of evaporated milk and 1¼ cups sugar... below is what i used as substitutes. thanks lynn!!


  • 2 cups zucchini, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup soy milk, mixed with 4 tablespoons soy milk powder
  • 2/3 cup vegan sugar
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1 egg replacer (i use ener-g)
  • 2 tablespoon softened vegan butter
  • 3 tablespoons unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 nine-inch pie shell
boil the cubed zucchini until tender. drain and put in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to cool. drain again. in a food processor or blender, combine zucchini, soy milk mixture, sugar, agave nectar, butter, flour and vanilla. blend until creamy.

i did not make my own pie crust because of time restraints, but be sure and check that your store-bought ones are vegan. pour the mixture into a pie crust and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. bake at 325f° for 60-70 minutes or until a knife comes out clean (i ended up baking mine for about 80 minutes). the end result should still be creamy and custard-like.

blog mom noted that the 1/2 teaspoon measurements on the cinnamon and nutmeg weren't nearly enough, and that i should sprinkle the entire pie generously. moms know best, because this was what really set the pie off and gave it a gooey crème brûlée type taste.

18 comments:

jessy said...

wow! the pie sounds (and looks) awesome, Miss V! i'm going to have to try it out soon! mmmmmmm! and thanks for sharing your blog mom's recipe with us! yay!

Bianca said...

Now that sounds interesting! I love zucchini bread, so I bet I'd love the pie too!

Meg said...

Sounds yummy to me! What vegan butter do you use?

allularpunk said...

that pie looks wonderful! i'll file this one away for a summertime treat when i'm overloaded with zucchini and don't know what to do with it all :)

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

What an awesome idea!

Gina said...

That sounds delicious!! Hidden zucchini, how tricky :)

JennShaggy said...

You totally should! It works really well just basic style with canned green beans and minus the shallots/fennel. Then it really tastes like what mama used to make.
This pie looks crazy good.

shellyfish said...

I love zucchini and I love pie, so I'm sure it rocks! Looks beautiful, too.

VeggieGirl said...

SOOOO intriguing and delicious-looking!!

Usha said...

The idea of using zucchini in a pie is a very intriguing idea, the pie looks absolutely tempting :-)

duodishes said...

Super interesting! Zucchini is really the most wonderful veggie when you think about all of the sweet treats it can go in. He should duke it out with the carrot to see who really takes the cake in that arena!

Priya said...

Zucchin in pie!!!!..kinda amazing pie..would love to try soon...

Daily Spud said...

I've never used zucchini (or courgette, as we call them over on this side of the Atlantic) in a custard pie scenario. I reckon that's going to change after reading this recipe - sounds like a must-try!

shizuokagourmet said...

Dear Miss V!
Greetings!
Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my blog!
Now, I know how vegan replace eggs and milk! One learns something all the time!
You know I'm not a vegan but make a point to help whenever I can.
I will note your suggestions in future blogs!
Cheers,
Robert-Gilles

Sal said...

sounds crazy, but good! custard pie, mmmm.

Joanna said...

this is a cool dish and i would definitely eat it. i love zucchinis, but have to admit that i am thankful it's winter and all my mom's zucchini plants have died. we were eating zucchini dishes for months.

Chef E said...

I like zucchini bread so I could see this one being yummy too!

ttfn300 said...

wow, so unique! i'm intrigued :)