Posts Tagged ‘ Dessert ’

Chocolate Tofu Pie

If you remember the other day I had my family over for dinner but was determined not to turn on my stove.  This was made easy by making simple appetizers including Tirosalata and ordering pizza which was great.  I topped off the dinner with a no bake tofu chocolate pie that’s as rich and creamy as any typical chocolate pie.

When making it this time I added about 1/4 cup of regular granulated white sugar to sweeten the obvious tofu flavor.  I have made it before without the sugar and it’s fine but tends to have that “healthy” dessert taste.  Really I don’t think that little bit of sugar is going to change the caloric count by all that much per slice but feel free to omit or lessen the amount if you like.

Today I will be back to my favorite Indian Buffet with my brother and I’m really looking forward to spending time with him.  Also, I’ll be very happy to eat Indian food while off my gluten-free trial.  I can and will eat all the naan I want!  Yum!

Ingredients

1 12 oz block of soft tofu

1 12 oz back of chocolate chips

1 tablespoon butter

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 egg whites

1/4 cup white sugar

1 prepared chocolate cookie crust

1 chocolate bar to shave over top (optional  & I only had expensive chocolate so it’s a bit sparse!)

Directions

Melt the chocolate and butter until smooth and creamy

Place tofu in food processor and mix until creamy, add vanilla and pulse to blend

Add slightly cooled melted chocolate to the tofu and beat until smooth, then add sugar, let mixture sit

In a separate bowl using a mixer blend egg whites until stiff, soft peaks form

Add the chocolate tofu mixture to egg whites and fold gently until all ingredients are incorporated and the color is even

Place tofu in food processor and mix until smooth and creamy, add vanilla and pulse, add the chocolate mixuter

Scoop mixture into the prepared pie crust and top with chocolate shavings

Allow to set in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving

Have a peaceful day, Lin

Oatmeal Crunch Apple Pie

No singular food says “holiday” like a good apple pie.  Not only is it a holiday treat, it’s great anytime.  My mom makes a wonderful recipe but it has the typical double crust which I find too heavy and filling.  I have played around with a few recipes and mixed and matched and came up with this oatmeal crunch top recipe which is light, sweet and delicious!  There is an extra step compared to most recipes but don’t let that stop you!  The ingredients for the filling get warmed on the stove top first.  By doing this they don’t go into the shell all lumped together, instead they all incorporate and makes for an amazing flavor!  I am not one for rolling pie dough but if you have a dough recipe you like please use it.  Frozen pie shells taste good and are made with vegetable products while the refrigerated varieties are not veg friendly.

Apple Pie with Crunchy Oatmeal Topping

Ingredients

1 frozen pie crust

Filling

3 tablespoons butter

4 pounds Granny Smith apples, sliced 1/2-inch thick (or a combination of favorite baking apples)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 lemon, juiced

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Pinch cardamom and nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

½ cup dried cranberries or raisins

1 cup pecan or walnut pieces

Topping

1 c. quick cooking oatmeal

1 1/2 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. flour

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 c. butter cut in with pastry blender

Combine all the filling ingredients in a lightly buttered pan and sauté on medium heat for 5 minutes stirring frequently

In a separate bowl combine the oatmeal, sugar, flour and cinnamon.  Cut the butter into ½ inch cubes and add to mixture.  Using your hands work the butter into the mixture until it is incorporated and reaches a crumbly texture.  This can be done in advance and refrigerated.

Pour the apple mixture into the pie crust and spread evenly throughout the pan.  Sprinkle the topping over this until the pie is well covered.

Bake in a preheated oven for approximately 1 hour.  The top should be nicely browned but not burnt.  Also, you may want to place the pie pan on foil or a baking sheet since the pie mixture is likely to ooze over the sides of the pan.

This is delicious served with either vanilla ice cream or home made whipped cream!