Monday, April 16, 2012

Vegan Pie - Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Pie

My best friend in France (grant it, I only have 5 friends in France...but she's my best one!) sent me a vegan pie cookbook for a thank you gift. (She made the vegan brownies way back in 2010.) The thanks was due because I shipped her a gift for her boyfriend (and herself) from America which meant I had to drag myself to the post office a week or two BEFORE Christmas and fill out a customs form etc etc. *shudder*

Actually, it wasn't all that bad. Quite easy. And the thank you gift came as a nice surprise.
I should have made something sooner, but making this type of vegan dessert meant being able to go to a specialty grocery store. Seeing I hardly go to my normal grocery store, it took me awhile to go to Whole Foods to get the ingredients. But I got them! Here are some of the special ones I found:
(Really, I only needed to go to Whole Foods for the vegan chocolate chips, but I figured I'd get fancy graham crackers and corn starch while I was at it.)

I must admit that I was a little "meh" about making a vegan pie. 1. I'm a milk type of gal. 2. I'm a cookies type of gal. But I started on the crust and guess what! I made a mess!
I knew from then that this recipe was going to rock! And rock it did! I had one piece and then HAD to have a second piece right away!
(But please don't tell my French vegan friend that I had the second piece with milk. Shhhhh!)

Cette recette était super délicieux! Vous devriez essayer le faire. (Thanks google translate! I hope that translated correctly to "This recipe was super yummy! You should try making it.")
Vegan Old-Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Pie (from Vegan Pie in the Sky)
Ingredients for the crust:
1 3/4 cups finely ground graham crackers
        (made from 10 ounces of whole graham crackers)  
        (Erika's Extras: Mine had oatmeal on it and I thought
          it was a nice flavor added to the crust.)
3 Tablespoons sugar
4 Tablespoons melted hydrogenated margarine, melted coconut oil, or canola oil
   (Erika's Extras: I used canola oil but I think the
    margarine would solidify it better.
    Mine was quite crumbly on the edges.)
1 Tablespoon plain soy milk or almond milk
   (Erika's Extras: I used almond milk because it's part of
    the ingredients for the filling.)
Nonstick cooking spray

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F and lightly spray a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the graham crumbs and sugar. Drizzle in the oil or melted margarine. Use a spoon to blend the mixture thoroughly to moisten the crumbs, then drizzle in the soy or almond milk and stir again to form a crumbly dough.
3. Pour the crumbs into the pie plate. Press crumbs into the sides of the plate first, then work your way down to the bottom, Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until firm. Let the crust cool before filling.

Ingredients for the Filling
3 cups almond milk
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Big pinch of salt
1/4 cup semisweet vegan chocolate chips
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. In a small (2-quart) saucepan off the heat, combine 1 cup of the almond milk and the cornstarch. Use a fork to whisk it until the cornstarch is good and dissolved. Whisk in the remaining almond milk, the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. it's ok if the cocoa is a bit clumpy at first; it will dissolve eventually.
2. Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking occasionally. Keep a close eye because once boiling, you need to lower the heat and bring the mixture to a slow rolling boil. Whisk consistently until the mixture is thickened, which should be about 7 minutes. (Erika's Extras: I never found that this "thickened." It became slightly more solid and then once it cools it is fine. Don't expect it to grab on the whisk much.)
3. Add the chocolate chips and mix to melt. Stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the pudding into the prepared pie shell and let cool for about 15 minutes on the counter, just until it stops steaming. To keep a skin from forming, place a circle of parchment paper over the filling when setting in the fridge. Refrigerate and let set for at least 3 hours. 
Bake well and prosper!

1 comment:

  1. Hey! That's so cool!!!
    I have only made fruit pies from this book, I haven't tried the creamy pies. I find the book is also very useful because of all the techniques it gives for making pies (I'm more of a pie type o' gal ;) ).
    Drinking milk, tss tss... ;)


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