Monday, May 14, 2007

Vegan (Almost) Chocolate Pie

The oven had turned uncooperative.
The Baker was idle.
Even the Maytag man seemed busier.
There was unrest amongst the younglings.
The paternal figure led the protest.
Dessert! Dessert! Dessert!

It would be no exaggeration to say that this chocolate pie restored peace and harmony in the household. Nicole, of bakingbites (previously is an extraordinary resource for bakers. Very well written, great pictures, and her recipes always turn out just right. Stop by her blog, if you haven't before.

Now back to the pie: this no-bake pie is made with an unexpected ingredient, silken tofu. Wonderfully soft and remarkably satisfying.

The original recipe calls for 2 cups of chocolate chips. After much experimentation, I discovered that the combination of 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips and 1 -1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips is the best. Also, Guittard chocolate chips were the clear winners.

About the almost vegan part: if you use only bittersweet chips and skip the pie crust, you have a vegan pie!

Give the pie a try. It is magical. It successfully handled my belligerent younglings, didn't it?

Update: This pie is on it's way to The Spice Cafe for the Monthly Blog Patrol: Something Sweet.

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