Friday, March 21, 2008

Caution: Chocolate Decadence Ahead

Warning: The following post contains intense dark chocolate subject matter intended for a mature chocolate consuming audience. Some bites may induce whimsical, impulsive, and jubilant behaviours. Eating discretion is advised.

This slice of chocolate utopia is my Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Tart with Coconut Crust from the recipes. The chocolate layer in this pie is luxurious and rich. Intensely decadent and deeply satisfying. So much so that a very small slice will suffice! All this richness, but using organic coconut oil (instead of margarine) and also healthier sweeteners... ='s no guilt!

After you've printed this recipe from the site, please also print off the edits on this page (since Food Network Canada hasn't entered the edits yet).

This would make the IDEAL dessert for the Easter weekend. You can serve a chocolatey treat that is elegant but still not difficult for you to make. Heck, when I was testing this recipe, there was one day that I made 3 of these pies in one day... after making one the day before. I had so much chocolate pie I was giving it away, and freezing portions (and yes, it freezes exceptionally well... and is also most exciting to rediscover this hidden treasure when rummaging through your deep freeze!). If I can make 4 pies in one day, you can make 1 pie over the weekend!

And, a couple of cooking notes:
1. When measuring the coconut oil, break it up into small chunks/slivers with your knife. The range of 3 - 3 1/2 tbsp gives you some leeway since measuring those pieces can be tricky.
2. When combining the chocolate, oil, and coconut milk... gently stir until combined rather than heavily whisk. You don't want to work air into the chocolate mixture, so gently fold through until it's melted and combined.
3. I used strawberry jam for the pie in this photo. I was out of raspberry jam, and though strawberry was an okay substitute, raspberry jam is definitely the best. It contrasts with the chocolate better (and also looks prettier)!

I really hope you enjoy this slice of chocolate heaven as much as I do (and mister-man does).

Now, go shop for your ingredients. Make it already!


Animal-Friendly said...

I love love love love chocolate and raspberry together, so this dessert looks amazing!

Judy said...

Mmmmm yummy. I can't wait to try this, and if it is anywhere near as good as the chocolate pumpkin pie I will be in heaven.

aTxVegn said...

That looks FABULOUS, Dreena! The pie and the crust look incredible. I am imagining many kinds of fillings going into that crust.

VegMomma said...

This is killing me! Oh my goodness, Dreena! It looks fabulous.... I'm stranded on a mountain with no ingredients... why!!!! Oh why!!! I am definitely making this the minute I get home.

Carrie™ said...

Oooo Chocolate (drool). What a perfect post for Easter weekend. At first glance, I thought of my grandma. We were especially close (not only was I the first grandchild, I was born on her birthday), and I would spend most of my summers visiting my grand parents in Moncton, then later in Halifax. She always made me chocolate pie. It wasn't raspberry or with a coconut crust, but it was dark like that. With our birthday coming in a couple of weeks (it would sometimes fall on Easter) I might make this in honour of my very much missed grandma. Thanks Dreena! And thanks for the heads up on the edits. HAPPY EASTER - it's our carte blanche to eat chocolate!

Billy said...

Wow, that looks amazing!

I've seen so much good stuff tonight.

Urban Vegan said...

That looks sinful and almost illegally good, Dreena ;)

I bet it would also be great with orange marmalade. (I love the combo of chocolate and bitter orange.)

funwithyourfood said...

I will never understand people who prefer milk chocolate to dark chocolate. To me, they must not really like chocolate! haha

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

oh wow I almost passed out looking at that delicious cake! Thanks for the recipe.

VeggieGirl said...

chocolate & raspberry is a classic combination; and coconut is a wonderful flavor with this combination as well - looks like pure bliss!

Eat Halal said...

Vegans are dead..

sad stuff.,,,,

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

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Just wanted to pass on this information. Thanks!

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Dreena said...

Emily, that's terrific news, and I posted a comment on the article. Congrats! :) (oh, and puleeeze get your ice cream to Canada)