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Canadian Maple Pie

by TastefullyJulie on June 1, 2012

A few years ago we took a trip to Quebec City for our 10th wedding anniversary. Unbeknownst to us, Quebec City was also celebrating it’s 400th anniversary.

Those French Canadians know how to celebrate.

Photo credit: Christiedigital.com

You should put Quebec on your bucket list if you haven’t been there. It’s a gorgeous city full of historic charm at every turn. If you do go there are some things you should know:

1. Menus are printed in French. Some have English translations but many do not. Bring a little French to English translation book if you don’t understand French.
2. “Je ne parle pas de français” means “I don’t speak French”. If you don’t speak French, you’ll use this a lot.
3. Pack warm clothes. We went in August so I only brought tank tops, shorts, dresses, and sandals. I ended up buying jeans and a wool sweater that I wore every day.
4. Pack stretchy pants. They serve poutine at every restaurant and, if you’re anything like me, you will simply have to try it at each one. (No two poutines are exactly alike!)
5. Don’t shy away from the sushi restaurants. It seems strange, but you will find some of the best sushi you’ve ever tried in Quebec.
6. The street performers are amazing so find a good seat and enjoy the show. If you’re lucky you may come across a bizarre travelling band wandering down the street:

We actually saw that band walking around Quebec City a few times during our stay, but my most memorable experience was the pie.

Quebec maple pie = Heaven in a pastry crust.

Real maple is my favorite flavor of any confection. Maple candy, maple cream, maple fudge, maple syrup, maple donuts… you name it. If it’s maple (real maple and not Aunt Jemima) I will be having it.

I tried maple syrup pie for the first time in Quebec and I almost cried. Seriously. The tears of joy welled up.

Maple pie is the kind of thing you have once a year. It is NOT LOW CARB. It’s not low fat either, by the way. It’s not low anything but it’s sooooo good.

Every year in April we attend a local maple farm during “Maple Week” which is a celebration of all things maple held across New York State. This year my husband grabbed a 32 ounce bottle of maple syrup and said “let’s get this!”. Really? What are we going to do with that much syrup? “You can make a Quebec maple pie”.

Yes. Yes I can.

I scoured the internet for the right recipe. It’s not exactly easy to find. Many of them called for sugar which I know is wrong. The sweetness needs to be 100% maple-derived. I thought about some recipes that called for evaporated milk instead of cream, but I really don’t think that’s right either. How can I taint pure maple syrup with milk from a can?

One recipe actually called for sweetened condensed milk which can’t be right. It just cannot be. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been known to drink sweetened condensed milk straight from the can. No, no, no. I’m sure I used a spoon. But even I wouldn’t mix it with maple syrup.

I finally found this recipe from Dinner with Julie which was EXACTLY what I was looking for. It came out perfect. Someone named Julie would never steer me wrong.

5.0 from 8 reviews

Canadian Maple Pie
Recipe type: dessert
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Serves: 8-10
 

This is an authentic recipe of a classic French Canadian pie.
Ingredients
  • 1 and ½ cups pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 1 9” prebaked pie shell

Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the syrup and heavy cream.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water
  3. Heat the maple mixture over medium to medium-high heat while whisking in the cornstarch liquid.
  4. Bring this mixture to a boil and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Cook at a low boil being careful not to scorch the bottom. The mixture will thicken.
  5. Pour into the pie shell and refrigerate until set. Store pie refrigerated.

 

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1 CJ at Food Stories June 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm

OMG … You are right, this is not low carb but I’ll bet it was fabulous. Maybe this will be my next special occasion dessert, like Thanksgiving or Christmas … It does look good :-)
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2 TastefullyJulie June 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

It’s definitely worthy of a special occasion. You can pretty it up with some whipped cream and add, um, more calories!

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3 Angie@Angie's Recipes June 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm

wow the pie filling looks spectacular!
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4 TastefullyJulie June 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm

thank you!

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5 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction June 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I have never had this type of pie before, but it sounds delicious!
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6 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies June 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm

My husband really wants to go to Europe, but on our budget, I’m trying to persuade him that Quebec would be a good substitute. :)

And OH, this looks so good! I just want to stick my finger in the filling and lick it off. :) I’m with you, I love maple–real maple, not that gross imitation stuff.
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7 TastefullyJulie June 1, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I’ve never been to France but I can tell you that Quebec City tries really, really hard to be a good substitute. It’s spectacular, you should go!

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8 Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips June 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm

This sounds yummy! I love maple, too, and can’t wait for my vacation in Vermont in a few weeks, where they have maple EVERYTHING! I have to post a maple buttermilk pie I made awhile back, but for some reason have not gotten up yet.
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9 TastefullyJulie June 1, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Fun! I want a full trip report. I haven’t made it to Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine yet but I really want to.

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10 Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips June 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I’ll definitely be putting together full report. I anticipate lots of ice cream (especially Ben & Jerry’s) and maple stuff, brunch at the Von Trapp Lodge, and dinner at the Vermont Culinary Institute, hopefully burned off by lots of swimming and hiking (and shopping with mom).
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11 Carole June 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm

This looks spectacular. I guess it is really sweet.
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12 TastefullyJulie June 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Sweet, maple-y, creamy goodness!

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13 Amrita June 2, 2012 at 5:07 am

It does look like heaven in a pastry crust. I’m yet to have good maple syrup, because all this while there was never anything we made at home or cooked that needed maple syrup. But I’m tucking this recipe up my sleeve!

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14 TastefullyJulie June 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Ohhhhh, you’ve been missing out! ;)

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15 Lauren @Part Time House Wife June 2, 2012 at 7:49 am

Julie! This pie is gorge-ie-o-so! (that’s the extent of any kind of non-English and I’m pretty sure I made up the word) I would struggle big time in Quebec but that’s super okay with me. Sounds like a beautiful trip!
Love how much effort you put into making this pie & it looks like those efforts paid off! Yummmm
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16 Isabelle @ Crumb June 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Maple pie has got to be one my favourite guilty pleasures. It’s sickly sweet, unbelievably rich and completely addictive. I haven’t had it in ages, but your post have just given me a desperate craving for a slice… so now I’m trying to figure out if I can invent an excuse to make it sometime soon. :)
BTW, thanks for the reminder of how wonderful Quebec City is… I think that we Canadians kind of take it for granted (especially those of us who first experienced it via an elementary scho0l class trip). :)
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17 TastefullyJulie June 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Elementary class trips make everything lame-o ;)

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18 EA-The Spicy RD June 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Oh, yes, I will put on starchy pants and eat this! I am a huge maple fan too, and have a big jug in my fridge right now. Fun hearing about your trip too. My husband and I were just talking about going to Quebec one day. I was there as a kid, but don’t remember much, but I do recall visiting the Chateau Frontenac in your photo above. Hope to get back one day soon!
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19 Jen @ Savory Simple June 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I’ve always wanted to travel to Quebec! This pie looks so amazing.
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20 Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks June 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Julie, this looks amazing! I absolutely love maple anything…must be the Canadian in me :)
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21 TastefullyJulie June 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Do you also love poutine? I do!

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22 Shannon June 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Oh how wonderful to find someone else who loves maple as much as I! Every time I go to the big city (St. Louis) I buy a quart of grade B Canadian Maple Syrup! Oh yes, Maple…mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Oh, sorry. Well, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for this recipe. I just ordered some tart pans and will make this as soon as they come!!!

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23 TastefullyJulie June 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Oh yes, this filling would make amazing tarts! Great idea.

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24 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef June 2, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I love Quebec! All four of my grandparents crossed the border and moved to Maine before my parents were born. Loved visiting and could cheerfully visit every time I go “back home”.

Canadian Maple Pie looks fantastic! I so want a bite right now.
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25 Choc Chip Uru June 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm

This looks heavenly my friend, the first time I have seen maple syrup like this :D

Cheers
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26 Sarah June 3, 2012 at 4:49 am

Oooh, I’ve never heard of a maple pie. I have some syrup I’ve been saving for just such an occassion.
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27 Jane June 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm

This looks soooo good! I’m a huge maple fan too. Yum! Quebec looks like so much fun!
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28 Bourbonnatrix June 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm

now i have a huge craving for both maple pie and poutine! thanks for sharing, your pie looks great!

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29 Awkward Kitchenette June 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Yum! I know several people who would thoroughly enjoy this (if not everyone I know). Great job tracking down the recipe for us! Quebec sounds lovely.
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30 kale June 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm

You are speaking to this Canadian girl’s heart! Teeny tiny thing… It’s actually “Je ne parle pas le français”, not de français. I am craving this pie, girl!! And I love your pics of Quebec. :)

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31 TastefullyJulie June 5, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Ohhhh, that’s what I get for using google translate. Actually, when I’m there I usually just make a stupid face and say “Anglais? S’il vous plait”, which usually works! ;)

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32 kale June 5, 2012 at 11:47 pm

I totally get into trouble using google translate for Spanish. Thankfully for French I have my living grammar checker: my husband! Finally a use to his Frenchness. ;)
I like your technique. It would work on me, that’s for sure!
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33 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 5, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Oh that sounds so decadently good!
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34 shannon @ a periodic table June 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm

do you know that i have looked at this pie on and off since you posted it and i cannot. stop. thinking. about it.
i think because i have no idea what it must taste like; i can’t pinpoint it. i mean, i’ve had maple things, obviously, but not a SHINY, GLISTENING PIE made of maple.
thank you, French Canadians.
there’s a part of me that wants to ask what those last two street performers are supposed to be, but there’s a bigger part of me that doesn’t. :)
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35 TastefullyJulie June 13, 2012 at 8:43 pm

One of my friends referred to them as a walking sack attack. Ha ha.

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36 Nancy/SpicieFoodie July 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Happy 10th anniversary! Quebec has long been on my list of places to visit. I haven’t had the pleasure of ever eating maple pie. It sounds incredible.

Thanks for being a part of the YBR:) Have a great holiday.
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37 Luke August 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Real maple syrup is the best! I make maple syrup from the trees in my yard.

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38 TastefullyJulie August 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I’m jealous!

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39 Liz August 6, 2012 at 1:08 am

Just got back from Quebec City a few weeks ago and my husband and I loved this pie served there. When I got back I looked for recipes that looked similar and this is so the one. I made it tonight and we both loved it.

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40 TastefullyJulie August 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I’m glad you liked it. The authentic recipe is so hard to find, I agree.

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41 Kathleen October 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm

This is fabuous and you can add pecans nd whipped cream to make it even more sinflly deliciou. I am sure they serve it in heaven. I only make it for Thanksgiving when I knowthere will be 10 or 12 o share it.

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42 TastefullyJulie October 7, 2012 at 11:22 am

That’s a great idea, Kathleen. The alternative is eating all yourself! :)

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43 Ally J March 6, 2013 at 5:39 am

How long does it take for the pie to set. Am thinking about making it, sounds delicious!!

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44 SylvieB September 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I am getting the recipe right now and baking it tonight.
Me and my co-workers are going to try it tomorrow. I went to Quebec lots!!! Especially since im from NB so were practically neighbours. Maple pie is my weakness. Will let you know how we loved it hehe. Thanks for the delicious recipe

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45 Sylvie B September 11, 2013 at 12:21 am

Saw this picture and just had to bake it. Did it last night and brought at work with my co-workers and it was very delicious!!. I have been looking for this type of recipe for so long. Too bad its not low fat haha!! but worth every bite. Would definitely recommend every maple fans to try this.

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46 Becky January 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Hey, I’ve been looking for an authentic canadian recipe and I think, I’ll try this pie. Thanks for sharing. :-)
Greetings from Germany, Becky

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47 westernquebec January 25, 2014 at 4:24 am

Make it, nothing in the world better than real maple syrup. We are Canadians and there are many different types of Maple syrup pies. I love this one because it isn’t as sweet as most due to the corn starch and not boiling to the soft ball stage.

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