Maple Nut Pie for Two (or More) – No Corn Syrup

Sweet, nutty and flavored with maple, this maple nut pie (aka pecan pie) is a delicious treat for any special occasion.  All natural, with no corn syrup, there are instructions for making a mini-pie for 2-4 or a full-sized pie.  

Sweet and nutty and flavored with maple, this maple nut pie (aka pecan pie) is a delicious treat for any special occasion.  All natural, with no corn syrup, there are instructions for making a mini-pie for 2-4 or a full-sized pie.

Maple Nut Pie

Are you planning a Valentine’s Day dinner?  This year, I’m serving Cranberry Glazed Pork Chops and our dessert is going to be Maple Nut Pie.  It’s my version of Pecan Pie (based on King Arthur). 

Now Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for dessert for two (and especially since I’m doing weight watchers!), so I’m going to make a 6-inch pie.  But if you want something bigger, instructions for a full sized pie are also included. 

Sweet and nutty and flavored with maple, this maple nut pie (aka pecan pie) is a delicious treat for any special occasion.  All natural, with no corn syrup, there are instructions for making a mini-pie for 2-4 or a full-sized pie.

Top with whipped cream – mmm!

The Secret to Small Pies

Did you know there is a secret to mini-pies?  I had played with making smaller pies a couple years ago, but this year I decided to get serious… for sooo many reasons.

First with my kids older now, I cook a lot more for two. And sometimes I like leftovers and sometimes I don’t.  Second, it’s a lot easier to justify a “treat,” if it is going to disappear quickly.  Yeah, that whole weight watchers thing …  

Sweet and nutty and flavored with maple, this maple nut pie (aka pecan pie) is a delicious treat for any special occasion.  All natural, with no corn syrup, there are instructions for making a mini-pie for 2-4 or a full-sized pie.

Cutting a piece of maple nut pie

And finally, even if I am serving a crowd, it’s fun to have variety.  So when I made dinner for 17 on Christmas Eve, I made small pies in different flavors.  Hey, even for the immediate family, two pies means I’m safe from ‘Mo-om, you know I hate nuts.” 

making the filling

Making the filling

So what’s the secret to a small (6-inch) pie?  Divide the filling ingredients by three.  It’s worked for all the pies I tried, so I think it’s a pretty solid rule of thumb!  Ditto on the crust (I make or buy a full size crust then save the leftovers for more mini-pies later). 

Pie crust

Pie crust

Maple Nut Pie (aka Pecan Pie)

Now I’m a longtime fan of pecan pie, but since I’m eating local this year, I knew some things would have to change.  So I subbed in Hickory Nuts (a cousin of the Pecan) for the pecans, maple syrup for the corn syrup/sugar, and added extra egg for a little more thickening.  A tasty and simple local variation!

Happy Valentine’s Day.  Or any special occasion for two (or more)! 

Sweet and nutty and flavored with maple, this maple nut pie (aka pecan pie) is a delicious treat for any special occasion.  All natural, with no corn syrup, there are instructions for making a mini-pie for 2-4 or a full-sized pie.

Maple Nut Pie (or Pecan Pie)

Maple Nut Pie for Two (or More)
Serves 4
Sweet, nutty and flavored with maple, this maple nut pie (aka pecan pie) is a delicious treat for any special occasion.  All natural, with no corn syrup, there are instructions for making a mini-pie for 2-4 or a full-sized pie.  
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
340 calories
34 g
63 g
21 g
6 g
7 g
78 g
252 g
21 g
0 g
14 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
78g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 340
Calories from Fat 185
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g
33%
Saturated Fat 7g
34%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 63mg
21%
Sodium 252mg
11%
Total Carbohydrates 34g
11%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 21g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
5%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
5%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. (Amounts for a full sized pie are in parentheses)
  2. 1/3 of a single pie crust (1 pie crust)
  3. 1 Egg plus 1 egg yolk (4 eggs)
  4. 2/3 cup maple syrup (2 cups)
  5. 2 Tablespoons butter (6 Tablespoons), melted and partially cooled
  6. ¼ t salt (1/2 teaspoon)
  7. ½ t vanilla (1 teaspoon)
  8. ½ cup hickory nuts or pecans (1 ½ cups)
  9. Whipped cream for serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. Spray a 6-inch (9-inch) pie pan with non-stick spray, then fit with pie crust. Cover crust then place in freezer for 1/2 -1 hour (this is optional but helps keep crust from shrinking).
  2. Combine all filling ingredients except nuts and whisk until well blended. Stir in nuts.
  3. Pour into the pie crust and bake at 375 F for about 40 minutes (45-50 for a 9-inch) until filling is puffy and set.
  4. Cool, then serve with whipped cream if desired
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calories
340
fat
21g
protein
6g
carbs
34g
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10 thoughts on “Maple Nut Pie for Two (or More) – No Corn Syrup

    1. Inger Post author

      Thanks Mae. I found my pan at Crate and Barrel, made by Anchor Hocking, as well different places as online. I’ve enjoyed making small pies so much, I added to my pie pan collection a couple times 🙂

  1. David

    Nice changes to make it local! I love that it has no corn syrup – I’m really trying to keep that out of my diet! I hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. Chris

    I realize this article is pushing 2 years old, but I have commented on much deader threads than this. Here’s hoping for a response 🙂

    I am sure you have had Pecan pie’s (Hickory), that are mostly the filling. In your opinion, is yours chock full of nuts like the pic?

    1. Inger Post author

      Hi Chris. Yes, I still reply on two year old posts assuming I catch the question! The pie pictures are real, but I should note that the nuts float so they all end up on the top of the pie. That said, this is not a deep dish pie so the nut free part is thinner than in some pies. If you look at the picture with the cut piece that might help.

      If you like a really nut-filled (nutty 😉 ) pie, you can always add more. That shouldn’t make a difference in how the pie cooks.

      Happy pie season!

      1. Chris

        TY for replying, though I am going to use your recipe as a starting of point anyway!

        I am using my own recipe for a Hickory syrup instead of the Maple. I have made this syrup for years, and is kinda unique. I will be making some pies (also with local Hickory Nuts), a day or two before thanksgiving. It will be a mystery until the family eats it, if it is any good, but fingers crossed!

        Oh, and the nuts also made the flour for the crust. So, it will truly be a hickory pie

        1. Inger Post author

          Wow that sounds amazing Chris. Now that you mention it, the farmer’s market vendor with the Hickory nuts also had a syrup.

          Good for you for making your own though. I’ve done maple syrup a couple years and if I get my act together will be posting on that in February. Had so much fun!

          Happy baking!

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