Backwoods Pie

January 2, 2012

Back in the Maritimes there’s a dessert called Backwoods Pie. It’s a cross between the traditional Canadian dessert, sugar pie, and a standard maple syrup pie.  I found a recipe for  Backwoods Pie in the cookbook Out of Nova Scotia Kitchens.  I tested it and then tweaked the ingredients.  This pie is very sweet, obviously, but if you have some spare quality maple syrup,  it’s a good way to use it and a good way to make people happy too.


• 1 cup flour
• 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix together the flour, sugar and salt. Rub the flour with the butter until you get a sandy texture. Then add just enough cold water to make a smooth dough, about 2 – 3 tablespoons. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough and line a 9″ pie pan.


• 1 cup brown sugar
• 1 cup maple syrup
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
• 1/4 cup flour
• 2 eggs
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
• 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together except the flour. Sift in the flour a little at a time. Pour the mixture into the pie crust. Cook for at least 45 minutes. You want it dry but it must still tremble in the middle. Leave to cool on a rack.

Serve it with a loose whipped cream.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

TB February 12, 2012 at 8:27 am

Tried the backwoods pie this week. It is UNREAL! Totally inhuman.
Thanks for the recipe.
TB out.


Sue/the view from great island February 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Sounds like our pecan pie without the nuts. That runny whipped cream takes it over the top for me, thanks for posting it, it’s on my list for next Thanksgiving!


Hannah April 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm

This looks delicious! So decadent! Xx


Julie April 7, 2012 at 11:28 pm

This looks AMAZING. What’s the topping – is this a double-crust pie or is that just how the filling ends up on the top after being cooked?


Bryan April 8, 2012 at 8:59 am

Hey thanks Julie. The filling ends up like that, it’s delicious!


Katie April 13, 2012 at 8:53 am

Wow, yum! I wish maple syrup was one of those ingredients that I happened to have extra of more frequently… it’s sometimes hard to part with a whole cup at once, but this might make it worth it.


Dahlia April 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Wow, does that look scrumptious!


Angie@Angie's Recipes July 3, 2012 at 10:48 am

o my this is a piece of HEAVEN!


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