Desserts are my favorite food items to create. That’s obvious with a name like “Apple Crumbles“. I prefer to make them rather than eat them. The smell of sweets baking is glorious, but a tiny bite is usually enough. That’s the healthy way to enjoy all those luscious desserts.
When I make a dessert, it isn’t fat free, unless there is a request for some special dietary restriction or … I’m making it for Ted (sorry, Honey). It isn’t low fat or low sugar. Nothing is held back. Desserts are the rewards we give ourselves . Why go for “a bronze” when the “gold” is up for grabs?
This weeks CEimB recipe was chosen by Tessa of Handle the Heat. It was a great choice especially since we had company the first part of this week and were able to enjoy this double chocolate pie with family. Here is the Apple Crumbles version. Stared items are my changes.
- 1 1/2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs*
- 4 TBS Butter, softened
- 1 TBS sugar
- 1 TBS AGAR-AGAR *Vegetarian substitute for Gelatin
- 1/3 cup Boiling water
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup Cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- pinch of salt
- 3 cup whole milk*
- 2.5 oz bittersweet Valrhona chocolate – cut into small pieces.
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup well chilled heavy cream*
- 1 packet of Vanilla Sugar (about 2 tsp)*
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9″ pie plate with non-stick spray. Mix the first 3 ingredients in a bowl. Reserve about 2 TBS for later use*.Press into the pie plate and up the sides. Bake 10 minutes. Let cool.
In a cup, put the AGAR-AGAR and add the 1/3 cup boiling water. Stir until it dissolves and set aside.
In a saucepan on medium, add sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, salt. Start using your whisk and add the milk gradually. Continue with the whisk for about 10 minutes until the pudding boils and thickens. Remove and add the chocolate. Stir until chocolate melts into hot mixture. Stir in the vanilla and the AGAR-AGAR. Pour into the cooled pie shell and let set 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
When ready to serve, put whipping cream in a bowl (you can add a stabilizer if you want “Whip It” or “Dream Whip”)* and beat with a mixer, just until you see it begin to hold a form but is not yet stable. Add vanilla sugar and continue until the peaks hold. Add to pie slices as desired.
*I had Graham Cracker Crumbs so I did not bother to buy whole crackers.
This is a sea vegetable that will act like gelatin. The seaweeds are boiled to a gel, pressed, dried and crushed into flakes. Vegetarians do not use Gelatin because it is made from the collagen protein found in bone, skin, and cartilage. Sounds like a hot dog!
*I use whole milk for cakes made by Apple Crumbles for customers and Ted and I do not drink milk, only Soy milk, so no low fat milk was purchased. Consequently, I used whole milk in this recipe.
*I used extra cream because, again, I have it on hand for cakes and fillings also… who doesn’t like extra cream?!
The results: It was easy. It was very good. The comments…
“It’s good. I like the pudding.”
“It’s so chocolaty but not heavy. It’s light like eating mousse.”
It was very good. Personally, my favorite was the whipped cream.
Tessa, you made a super choice and it came up at the perfect time. Unfortunately, MJ and Angelina left to go back to Vegas and now there is over half a chocolate pie staring us in the face. Poor us.
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