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Vegetarian Cuisine

PUMPKIN TART  – This vegan version of pumpkin pie is a favourite at the New York Sivananda Centre’s Thanksgiving dinner in November each year. Makes 2 – 8” pies.

Ingredients for filling

1 medium pumpkin
7½ tablespoons maple syrup
4 ounces silken tofu
¼ tsp sea salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground ginger
A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
A pinch of ground cloves
1 tbsp soy flour

Ingredients for pastry

2½ cups whole wheat pastry dough
1 tsp sea salt
4 tbsp wheat germ or sesame seeds
⅔ cup + 2 tsp corn or grape seed oil
7 tbsp chilled sparkling mineral water


Heat over to 375F.
Make the filling first by cutting the pumpkin into eighths, remove the seeds and stringy bits. Place the pumpkin on a baking tray, cover with foil and bake in the oven for 45-60 minutes, until soft.
Make the dough. Sift in the flour and salt into a large bowl. Stir in the wheat germ/sesame seeds. Blend in the oil until the pieces are the size of peas. Add the water, 1 tbsp as a time, until the mixture is moist. Knead just enough to hold the dough together. Divide the dough in half and roll into 2 balls, wrap in wax paper and chill for 30 minutes.
Remove the pumpkin from the oven, peel it and puree in a food processor or blender. Add the maple syrup and tofu and blend until smooth. Add the salt, spices and soy flour. Mix well.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Use this dough to line 8-inch tart pans with removable bottoms. Prick the pastry with a fork.
Bake the pastry in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Increase oven temp to 425F. Pour equal amounts of pumpkin filling into each pastry shell. Bake for 45 minutes until the filling has set.

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