On the topic of picnics, I thought we really ought to discuss this pie. A couple years ago, I developed this recipe for a guest post on Veggie Meal Plans. The site appears to be undergoing some maintenance right now, and the recipe is not currently available, and what with it being summer and this pie being crazy delicious, I thought it was perhaps time to share this twist on a classic summer campout treat, in pie form.
Makes 1 9-inch pie and two bonus pudding cups for the cook
- 1 graham cracker crust (I used Arrowhead Mills.)
- 1 carton Suzanne's Ricemellow Creme (Mine came from Whole Foods.)
- 1 recipe chocolate pudding (This part I actually made.)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
- 2 2/3 cups soy milk (I'm partial to the refrigerated Trader Joe's organic.)
- 1/4 cup extra-firm silken tofu
- 2 tablespoons non-dairy butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Blend together tofu and 2/3 cup of soy milk until very smooth. (I like to use an immersion blender for this. A regular blender will work, but if the mixture gets very frothy, let it calm down a bit before continuing. Otherwise the extra air can give your pudding a moussier texture, rather than the dense silkiness of good chocolate pudding.)
In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, whisk together sugar and cornstarch. Chop up chocolate and add it to the pan.
Add the remaining soy milk as well as the tofu mixture to the pan. Whisk continuously over medium heat. Once the mixture begins to bubble, continue whisking for one minute.
Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla.
Pour into the prepared crust and chill until set, in the freezer for two hours, or the refrigerator for at least four or overnight.
Once the pudding has set up, top with the ricemellow creme.
Now for toasting your marshmallows:
Heat up the broiler. Wet a dish cloth in cold water. Ring out the excess water and use the wet cloth to line a rimmed baking sheet. Place the pie on the towel and surround it with ice cubes to keep the pie chilled while you toast the topping.
Put it under the broiler and watch it while the marshmallow toasts. This will take a matter of seconds, so don't go off and do anything else.