Mango Pie. Because a Cow Turns Five Only Once

Mango Pie

A couple of days ago, Holy Cow! turned five.

That seems a long time in the ephemeral world of cyberspace, and I must confess I am not someone who sticks long-term with most “hobby” projects, as Desi will tell you. But this blog has persisted through good times and tough ones, largely because it has allowed me to bring together three of my greatest passions: cooking, writing, and living a compassionate life. And also because when I started writing Holy Cow! I set two simple ground rules that I have stuck with: first, that I would write exactly what I wanted to without worrying about pleasing anyone — except myself. Second, that I would share only the recipes that were good enough to feed those I love– my family and my friends.

I’ve never really followed the established guidelines for successful blogging. I don’t network like crazy with other bloggers, although I do love visiting the blogs I love, and there are many of those. I don’t have the time to chase after followers, and even if I did, I wouldn’t know where to start. I haven’t invested in search engine optimization, or in an attractive design to make my blog more appealing (although Desi’s great pictures do help). All I have done for these last five years is cook and write with a lot of love. And lucky for me, that has been enough for many of you who have found Holy Cow! and come back for more.Mango Pie

To thank all of you, I want to share with you today this golden Mango Pie.

I know your mouth is already watering after reading those two words. Especially if you are Indian. There’s something about the mango that makes an Indian wax eloquent. We love this fruit with an ardent passion, and readily cite this as our favorite fruit. We know, by heart, the shape, size, name, texture, and taste of every variety of mango available– and there are many, each silkier, sweeter, and juicier than the next. We even forgive our summers for being as torrid as they are because they bring with them this glorious fruit.

And if you don’t know what on earth I am talking about, you should book a ticket to India next summer.

It’s been a while since I was last in India, and in my home in the United States I make do with the next best thing I can find: canned mango pulp from the Indian grocery store. It works really well in baked goods, like my Mango Cupcakes and Mango Cheesecake. And in this pie.

This was the pie I made for Thanksgiving because I wanted something a little different and also something I knew my family would love. The filling, with a smooth texture that melts in the mouth and the flavor of the popular Indian sweet dish, Aamras, is, quite simply, quite divine. I use some vegan cream cheese in the filling to make it extra delicious, and the one spice that goes beautifully with mangoes: cardamom.

I baked the pie in a regular pie crust (similar to the one I shared for the fresh pumpkin pie I shared not long ago), but you could try a graham cracker crust. A nut crust would work beautifully too.

Here’s the recipe. Enjoy, all. And look forward to seeing you around for the next five years!

Mango Pie

Mango Pie
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • For the crust:
  • 1¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp vegan butter, like Earth Balance, very cold
  • 4 tbsp vegetable shortening, very cold
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Ice-cold water to mix
  • For the filling:
  • 2 cups Alphonso mango pulp (use canned or fresh)
  • 1 cup extra-firm tofu blended into a smooth paste with ½ cup soymilk
  • ½ cup sugar (you may want to use more if you use fresh mango pulp, less if you use canned. I'd advise tasting as you mix)
  • ½ tsp powdered cardamom seeds (use the green, not brown, kind)
  • ½ cup vegan cream cheese (if you can't find this, substitute with the same amount of extra-firm tofu)
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. To make the crust, place the flour, salt and sugar in a bowl. Cut the butter and shortening into small cubes and add to the flour. Using a pastry cutter or two forks, cut in the fat into the flour until you have smallish pieces of fat dispersed through the flour, no larger than the size of peas.
  2. Drizzle in the icy water, a little at a time, until the dough comes together in a ball.
  3. Clump the dough together and place it in plastic cling wrap, shaping into a disc as you wrap it.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Using some flour, roll the pie crust into a round large enough to fit into your pie plate with a slight overhang. Place in the pie plate and tuck in the excess under the rim.
  6. Crimp or flute the corners to make a decorative edge. You can also just press around the edges with the tines of a fork to get a nice-looking crust.
  7. You will need to blind-bake the crust-- meaning you need to par-bake it before adding the filling. To do this, smooth a piece of aluminum foil (shiny side up) over the crust, making sure you cover the crust entirely. Now fill the pie crust all the way to the top with dry rice or beans (these are used as pie weights-- they prevent the pie crust from shrinking which it would do if you didn't add the pie weights. Keep the dry rice or beans that you use for all your future blind-baking needs-- don't throw it away).
  8. Place the pie crust in a 400-degree (Fahrenheit) oven for 20 minutes. Then remove from the oven, carefully pour out the rice or beans, and remove the aluminum foil. Poke some holes into the bottom of the crust with a fork, and put it back in the oven for another five minutes. Remove the crust from the oven and set aside.
  9. To make the filling, combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until you have a very smooth mixture.If you don't have a food processor, combine the ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a whisk until everything's well-blended.
  10. Pour the filling into the warm crust.
  11. Bake in a 375-degree oven for 55 minutes or until the filling is set and only slightly jiggly in the center.
  12. Cool thoroughly before serving.

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35 thoughts on “Mango Pie. Because a Cow Turns Five Only Once

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    November 30, 2012 at 2:46pm

    Holy Cow! You’re 5??? Congratulations and here’s to many more blissful years of food and blogging. Your blog is a gem.

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      December 11, 2012 at 3:43pm

      Dear Nupur, thanks for your kind words and encouragement.

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    November 30, 2012 at 5:07pm

    Congratulations! Here’s wishing you many , many more!
    And what a fitting dessert to mark your 5th.!
    Mango pie, oh my!

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    November 30, 2012 at 7:57pm

    Congratulations on your 5th bloggiversary! Look forward to many many more.

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    December 1, 2012 at 5:04am

    Happy anniversary :) what a great dish to celebrate with, it looks delicious and I’ll definitely be making it!

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    December 1, 2012 at 11:29am

    Congratulations on 5 years of blogging Vaishali! It’s always a pleasure to read your articulate engaging posts and your recipes are wonderful too.

    This mango pie sounds so delicious, it’s mango season over here at the moment so I must give it a try soon!

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      December 11, 2012 at 3:45pm

      Dear Mel, thanks for your kind words! I hope you will try this pie– it’s one of my favorites so far.

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    Vegan Magic

    December 1, 2012 at 11:44am

    WOW The big 5!:) Congratulations, Vaishali! Holy Cow entered my life almost 3 years ago with that incredible aroma of mango and cardamom of your dreamy cupcakes:) What a surprise to see the two of them combined in yet another masterpiece on such a special occasion. The pie looks insanely delicious. It’s been long since I last ate tofu or cream cheese, but this pie is just the sweetest excuse to go buy some. I look forward to it and to many more Holy Cow signature dishes.

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      December 11, 2012 at 3:46pm

      Vegan Magic, how lovely of you to say that. I am happy to meet another mango-cardamom fan– they really are a perfect pair, aren’t they?

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    December 1, 2012 at 12:42pm

    Congrats, Vaishali! I will be around for the next five years too, though I rarely comment and read less, but I do enjoy your writing whenever I come to your space. :)

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      December 11, 2012 at 3:47pm

      Dear Harini, thanks for your kindness, and for being a fellow compassionate traveler. It’s always good to see you here.

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    December 1, 2012 at 9:09pm

    Congrats and happy birthday to ur blog baby. Kepe on going Vaishali.

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    Kirsten Lindquist

    December 3, 2012 at 12:02am

    Congratulations! Sounds like your recipe for blogging is the perfect way to do everything! I’m so glad I found your blog, thanks for sharing so many wonderful recipes and stories. Here’s to many more years to come!

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      December 11, 2012 at 3:47pm

      Dear Kristen, thanks very much, and I am glad you find Holy Cow!

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    Bravo 95

    December 3, 2012 at 6:04pm

    The bright, vivid orange colour is very appetising :)

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    December 3, 2012 at 7:34pm

    Happy fifth blog anniversary! This pie is such a unique way to use mangoes – in fact I don’t think I’ve done anything with mangoes but eaten them plain, though love them I surely do! I’ll have to keep this pie in mind for a special treat!

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    December 4, 2012 at 7:10pm

    congratulations on big five-I love the philosophy of your blogging-its all about your passion and sharing it with others. I love mangoes in general and make use of the pulp quite a lot in smoothies, kulfis but never tried for dessert. will have to try this out soon for a special time.

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      December 11, 2012 at 3:49pm

      Dixya, the philosophy sounds really great when you summarize it. :) Thanks very much! I’ve been wanting to make a mango kulfi for a while, but never got around to it.

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    ravioles aux cepes

    December 5, 2012 at 1:46am

    Finally got around to making this one and it’s FANTASTIC! Love the title on this one haha. Simply tasty pie!

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    December 6, 2012 at 10:57am

    Congrats on your 5th anniversary, Vaishali. Mangoes are my favorite tropical fruit. Your pie is like a bright fire on a cold autumn day.

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    December 8, 2012 at 2:29am

    Congratulations on five years! Your blog is one of my favorites because it has so many great Indian and other scrumptious recipes. Thank you :)

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    December 15, 2012 at 5:27pm

    Congratulations Holy Cow on your 5th!

    Vaishali – You have a very nice blog. Mango Pie seems an awesome way to bring in the celebratory mood. Keep blogging…

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