Village Inn makes a peppermint pie around Christmas that I became addicted to pre-Vegan. Seriously addicted. It was creamy pepperminty goodness with chocolate. My youngest daughter worked there for a short time and she brought some home every once in awhile...until I begged her to stop (not really). And then we went Vegan.
And that pie is one thing I've missed. A hankering to find a replacement jumps on my back now and again and demands I find a Vegan replacement. I've shaken it off and stomped on it forcing it back into submission but during this little project I let myself dream. And dream. And this is what happened. And it scratches my itch. Sigh.
4 medium or 2 large vegan candy canes or several peppermint candies, crushed. Approx 1/2 a cup. If you are less of a mint lover you may want to use less.
24 oreos (or other Vegan chocolate sandwich cookies)
1 TBSP coconut oil (Cut to 1/2 TBSP if using Jo-Jo's)
Toss cookies in food processor, with filling intact, powder. Add the
coconut oil. Press into a large pie pan. Place in refrigerator. (This will make two tart pans as well which is how I made it, but the filling is shallower and I recommend using a normal sized pie plate. Still tasty as can be, but...)
1 - 12.3 ounce MoriNu firm silken tofu.
1 3/4 Cup powdered sugar
1/2 TBSP vanilla.
2 TBSP arrowroot
Place tofu, arrowroot and vanilla in food processor and blend. Add powdered sugar.
Blend until completely incorporated. Add approx 1/3 cup of crushed candy cane
pieces to the filling (save a dusting of candy for the top of the pie).
Pour filling into the crust and return to refrigerator.
1/2 cup on non-dairy milk
1 Cup vegan chocolate chips
Heat milk in double boiler. When warm, add chocolate chips and stir until melted. Let cool to room temperature.
When cooled, pour over pie filling. Refrigerate until set.
Whipped Cream: (Plan ahead on this. One can of full fat coconut milk
which needs to be placed in the refrigerator and left for at least 48
hours. I've always got one can in mine, if not two.) When the can is
chilled, you open it, and skim off the thick layer of coconut cream
(this is not coconut oil, it's about the texture of thick sour cream or
whipped butter and there is a wetter milky layer underneath that you don't want. You want
just the thick solid stuff. You can keep the milky stuff for smoothies
etc. put in a freezer bag and toss it into the freezer if you don't want
to use it right away.) Now, use a mixer, or whisk to whip the coconut
cream into a whipped cream texture. Add powdered sugar to taste, I used 3
TBSP. Place the cream into a pastry bag or large zipper bag. Put in
fridge if not ready for it. When ready, and when the chocolate ganache
is set cut the tip off the plastic bag and dot dollops around the pie or
pipe a large ring around the pie, or fill the pie top with dollops of
cream. Sprinkle the remaining crushed candy over the cream. (You will get more cream than is pictured. I went skimpy in my experimentation, you will probably not want to do that.) (If you want chocolate whip, add 2 TBSP cocoa to the cream).
Return to the refrigerator and let the pie set up for an hour or more before serving. The longer it sets up the creamier it gets.
Change. I've learned to embrace it, ride it out til the end. Sometimes I'm kicking and screaming, other times weeping with my eyes clinched tight. Once in awhile I ride like a dog in a car, head out the window snorting what life has to offer. Mother to young adult children, a marriage of thirty years, and a desert to mountain to valley waltz with God have shaped me into someone I never imagined I'd be. Life is short and I want to live it. Tears, sighs, laughter and change. Every morsel granted to me. Scrambled, shaken or stirred.