Kitchen Chronicles: New England Classic Maple Cream Pie
This Maple Cream Pie is very easy to make, it's no-bake, and you can even buy the pre-made crust to save time. We know how busy you are, especially this time of year. The flavor is 10/10 and everyone will think you were in the kitchen for hours instead of the 30 or so minutes it takes to assemble from start to finish.
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup lemon juice, fresh
2 tablespoons Vermont maple syrup
1 9-inch graham cracker pie crust (homemade or store bought)
For the maple layer:
1 cup Vermont maple syrup
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1 egg beaten
chopped walnuts or pecans
To make this dreamy maple cream pie, first beat the cream cheese until fluffy and then add the sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Beat well, pour the mixture into the pie shell and chill.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring to a boil 1 cup of maple syrup and 1/2 cup of water. In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in 1/4 cup of water. Add to the syrup, stirring constantly. Return to a boil, stir until it begins to thicken, then remove from the heat.
Add a small amount of the hot syrup to the beaten egg. Add this to the syrup mixture stirring until thick. This part is kind of tricky, make sure you are not burning the mixture but stirring until it's very thick. Spread on top of the pie and garnish with chopped walnuts or pecans.
You could eat right away but we like to chill the pie for a few hours before cutting. Enjoy your delicious maple cream pie creation with friends, family, or save it all for yourself.
Origin Story: Maple Cream Pie
Food is magic because it brings people together, which in turn is beautiful. Because we are a company based in New England with deep roots for this region, we wanted to share our background on why this maple cream pie is so special.
Caitlin, our founder, spent her childhood in Vermont. Her grandparents actually made maple syrup, the horses would pull the sled through the snow so her grandfather could tap the trees and collect the sap. The sap would then run through the woods to the sugar shack. A tiny wood shack in the middle of nowhere where her grandfather would spend days and nights making sure everything was running smoothly. It's hard work making maple syrup, but the outcome is totally worth it and once. you've had Vermont maple syrup, you really won't ever go back to anything else.
Fast forward to 2019, Caitlin was traveling with family in upstate Vermont going to a family reunion and they stopped at the sweetest little pie shed called Poorhouse Pies. This is where Caitlin had ver first taste of Maple Cream Pie and it was truly life changing. Even her mother, a native Vermonter was without words. Their version is different from ours, and worth a drive if you're ever in Jericho, VT, but both are quintessential New England.
Why are we sharing recipes on a soap blog?
When we set out to build Solette, our driving force was not to just sell products, but to sell moments of joy. Life is fleeting, and we live in a world where hustle culture and getting things done takes up so many hours in the day. Life should be about finding joy in the tiny moments, the things that may YOU happy and that goes beyond the products you use in the shower.
We believe that adding beautiful things to your daily life makes it more enjoyable. Some people like to call this romanticizing your life, other's think of it as slow living. However you want to define it, it's taking time in your day to slow down, notice things around you, and enjoy the beauty that we get to share. For some, that means enjoying a cup of coffee in your favorite mug, for others it's spending time in nature. We are sharing recipes like this because they are experiences you can share with loved ones, or even enjoy alone. They are tiny moments that are achievable, yet beautiful. They make life richer…just like this super decadent maple cream pie recipe.
We hope you continue to come back to our blog Maison Solette for inspiration to build your beautiful life.