So tomorrow is the Season 5 finale for HBO’s True Blood. Being a writer for the TrueBloodNet fan site, this means a bitter-sweet moment for me. Firstly, it means my writing load eases again. For the twelve weeks while the show airs, I am busy writing the episode recaps and keeping on top of what’s going on in the Sookieverse. Secondly, it means the show is over and I have to wait until the following June to get my next Bon Temps fix!
Of course, finale night means party night also! This year there will be Tru Blood Plasmapolitans (Tru Blood, Vodka and lime juice) as well as a good dose crying – which of course means Sookie’s gran’s famous Cryin’ Pie! For those of you who haven’t been bitten by the True Blood bug, in Season 1, Sookie’s gran met an untimely demise. As a result, Sookie proceeded to work her way through half a pecan pie she found in the fridge that gran had made before meeting her bloody end. Needless to say, she blubbered her way through the entire thing!
This year, I have attempted to replicate gran’s pie. I think I’ve come pretty darn close. So here is the recipe for you all to enjoy. If you want a more authentic version, omit the maple toffee.
1 cup plain flour
1/3 cup icing sugar
113grams cold, unsalted butter, chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
395gram tin condensed milk
60grams brown sugar
2 tsps Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur
1/4 cup maple syrup
Pecan halves, to decorate
- Add all the pastry ingredients to a food processor and whiz until totally combined.
- Grease a pie dish and, using your fingers, press out the pastry dough until smooth.
- Bake in the over at 170 degrees Celsius
- Add all the pie filling ingredients (except the eggs) to a pan and heat on a medium temperature until the sugar is dissolved.
- Turn off the heat and allow to cool for five minutes.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking quickly to prevent them cooking unevenly.
- Turn the heat back on to low and whisk until the mixture thickens into custard.
- Pour into the pie crust and decorate with pecan halves
- Refrigerate until set and serve with either whipped cream or ice cream
- Enjoy! (But don’t forget to cry while eating it.)