Monday, September 12, 2011

Vegan Chocolate Ganache Pie (Tofu Based)

Check out this vegan dark chocolate pie. So creamy and velvety, and it is tofu based!! You've gotta give it a try!

Vegan Chocolate Ganache Pie (Tofu Based)
Servings: 1 round pie
  • 1-1/2 cups vegan dark chocolate chips (preferably grain-sweetened) 
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup 
  • 1 (12.3-ounce) package Mori-nu firm silken tofu 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon sea salt 
  • 1 premade pie shell 

Melt the chocolate chips by heating them in a double boiler over medium heat (see Tips and Tricks) until the consistency is smooth, lump-free, and creamy, stirring only once or twice.

Meanwhile puree the maple syrup, tofu, vanilla, and sea salt in a food proces¬sor until smooth. When the chocolate is thoroughly melted (about 20 min¬utes), add it to the food processor and blend well.
Pour the mixture into the pie shell and chill until firm all the way through, about 1 hour.

NOTE: This dish will come out sweeter if you use the more common semisweet chocolate chips, which contain cane sugar. Sunspire sells a variety that we prefer, which is grain-sweetened, but either one will work—sweeten to your heart’s content.
Also, when melting chocolate in a double boiler (which can also be any glass or stainless-steel bowl set on top of a pot with 1 to 2 inches of boiling water in it), be absolutely sure that both the bowl and anything you use to stir the chocolate with are completely dry. A good way to make sure the melting pot or bowl is dry is to start heating it before you put the chips in; this will dry out any moisture. The slightest droplet of water will “seize” the chocolate, leaving it lumpy and devastatingly imperfect looking. But surely do not cry over broken chocolate; everyone still loves to lick it up and your lumpy little pie will still taste divine.

Sources: 30 Minute Vegan by Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray. Copyright © 2009, and The Daily Green

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