For Vegan Month of Food 2014 I am adapting recipes from the first book I ever learnt to bake from: Chocolat: Fondre de Plaisir by Camille and Nathalie Le Foll. Join me as I veganise 20 recipes from this book – it’s going to be a month of total chocolate decadence!
Photo credit: Clémence Moulaert and Luscious Books
I am so very proud to share the first photographs from one of my TWO upcoming ebooks: The Vegan Cookie Fairy’s Little Book of Chocolate and The Vegan Cookie Fairy’s Christmas Recipes.
Chocolat: Fondre de Plaisir contains a recipe for chocolate pecan pie – as soon as I opened the book to that page I knew I wanted to share my vegan adaptation of that recipe, as it appears in my ebook. I hope you like it as much as I do.
These two ebooks are definitely a labour of love; I worked on them for months every moment of my spare time while I was studying full-time to complete my Masters degree, taking part in extracurricular activities at my University and maintain this blog.
Chocolate has been a constant element in my life: when I was in need of comfort, celebration, stimulation or just a sweet snack to soothe my soul. It is my favourite ingredient by far, and that’s why I wanted to share all my chocolate recipe with you. This book is my thank you letter to you all, for sticking with me, for encouraging me, for writing to me, for helping me become a better writer, photographer and blogger.
Dig in, guys, you deserve it 🙂
P.S. Look out for some reviews in the next week or two, you’ll be getting sneak peeks at my books!
Chocolate Pecan Pie
A pecan pie is in and of itself a beautifully decadent dessert, but I like to kick it up a notch every so often. Chocolate + nuts + pie = heaven. This would make a terrific addition to any Thanksgiving celebration, or simply be a wonderful treat on a cozy autumn day indoors with a good cup of tea or coffee.
Crust and topping
150 g (5 3/4 oz) plain flour/all purpose flour + extra for flouring the work surface
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp icing sugar/confectioners’ sugar
80 g (2 .3/4 oz/ 3/4 stick) vegan butter + extra for greasing the pie dish
100 g (1 cup) pecan halves to top the pie
400 g (14 oz) tofu
3-5 tbsp or cocoa powder
60 ml (1/4 cup) maple syrup
up to 60ml (1/4 cup) almond milk
60 ml (1/4 cup) melted coconut oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1. Start with the crust: sift the flour, cocoa powder and sugar into a mixing bowl and add the vegan butter. Rub the ingredients with your fingertips until the texture becomes sandy. Roll the mixture into a ball, wrap it in cling film/food wrap film and place it in the fridge to chill for 1/2 hour.
2. Pre-heat oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Grease a 28 cm (11 inch) pie dish with some vegan butter.
3. Sprinkle some flour onto your work surface. Take the chilled dough from the fridge and roll it out to about 0.5 cm (0.25 inch) thickness.
4. Drape the dough over the pie dish and gently press it onto the bottom and the sides of the dish with your fingers. Cover the dough with a piece of nonstick parchment paper and spread some baking beans on top. Bake the crust for 17 minutes and cool it afterwards on a wire rack/cooling rack.
5. To make the filling, put the tofu, cocoa powder, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, cinnamon and half of the almond milk into a high-speed blender. Blend all the ingredients until thick and creamy. If your blender is struggling to blend all the ingredients, add a little more almond milk.
6. When you’re happy with the consistency of the filling, pour it into the pie dish, spread it evenly and place the pecan halves on top. Put the pie into the fridge to chill overnight, or at least for 6 hours.
Recipe and photographs courtesy of Luscious Books.
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