This pie is so incredibly good it’s hard to know where to begin describing it. There are many layers of flavor that all come together to produce a uniquely rich flavor profile and texture, and one slice is totally satisfying.
It is very easy to make, and only takes about 10 minutes to assemble. It starts with a tofu base to which cocoa, coffee, melted chocolate, coconut flakes and almond milk are added Then it all gets poured into a crumb crust. A short time in the freezer to firm up and you are ready to cut and enjoy this creation.
The pie’s texture comes from the addition of unsweetened coconut flakes to the other ingredients in the blender, but it does not get blended completely smooth. Then chopped pecans get stirred in at the end. So what you get is the smooth, dark richness of chocolate, a rough texture and flavor from coconut and a bit of chew from the pecans. An interesting mix that somehow works. All of us at my house devoured this pie at one sitting. No one even guessed it contained tofu, and although I haven’t tried it, I believe you could get the same great results using an equal amount of cream cheese in its place.
JAMOCHA SILK PIE
Yield: 8 servings
- 12.3 oz. silken tofu (one package)
- 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp. almond milk (add a little more if your blender needs extra liquid to get going)
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup brewed strong coffee
- 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 Tbsp. brewed coffee
- 2 Tbsp. agave nectar
- pinch salt
- 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped
- 1 graham cracker or chocolate crumb crust
- whipped topping, optional
1. In a blender container, combine tofu, cocoa powder, almond milk, vanilla, coffee, and flaked coconut. That’s not a mistake, the coconut makes the texture awesome when it all gets blended in. Blend until smooth.
2. In a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and a tablespoon of brewed coffee. Melt and stir until smooth. Let cool down a bit and add to the blender mixture. Then add agave nectar to desired sweetness and the pinch salt. Taste and adjust to desired sweetness and consistency. The pie is intended to be rich and bittersweet.
3. Pour into a bowl, and manually stir in the pecans. Pour into the crumb crust.
Cover and place in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up. Or place in refrigerator if serving at a later time.
4. Once the pie has reached desired firmness, cut into 8 equal serving pieces and crown with whipped topping of choice.
This pie will keep well for a week when covered and stored in the fridge.
SOURCE: VegKitchen with Nava Atlas