Saturday, April 05, 2008

Mango Pie . Oh My!

Anni's post from a couple of days ago inspired me to make our coffee treat for today: Mango Pie. I admit to never having had given a moments thought to using mango in a pie. A cheese cake, maybe. A stir fry, for sure. But a pie? Nope. It had never really crossed my mind. I changed a few of the ingredients to prevent an otherwise unnessesary trip to the shoppe, and what we ended up with today was quite yummy.

-1 fresh mango, purreed (according to Anni's recipe, you could have used much more mango)
-1/2 cup silken tofu
-2 tablespoons of soy yoghurt
-about 15 dates
-a dash of Agave syrup
-1/4 cup of water
-2 tablespoons of agar flakes
-1 cup of oats
-1 cup of whole wheat flour
-2 tablespoons of oatmilk
-3 tablespoons of canola oil

How To:
I added all of the crust ingredients together and mixed them until they looked properly distributed and then I pressed it into the bottom of my spring form pan. I baked the crust for about 10 minutes at 160. I then assembled all of the filling ingredients (sans water and agar) in my food processor and whired it right up. If you don't like the look of date speckles throughout the end product, I would opt for Anni's suggestion of sultanna raisins. I quite liked the date skins throughout the otherwise orangey hue of the pie.

For the agar component, I let the water get to an almost boil, added the agar and whisked until my arm was aching. It was amazing how quickly the seaweed powder turned the liquid into a gel. I added this to my mango/tofu purree and whizzed it all a little bit more. I used that gorgesous purple spatula of mine to add the filling to the crust. To jump start the cooling I popped it in the freezer for 1 hour and transfered it to the fridge for about 10 hours. (you don't need this length of time, but we didn't need any pie last night after our pizza, so decided to leave it chilling until this afternoon.)

Anni suggests enjoying it with some vanillia non-dairy ice treat. We had ours with coffee, the new Breeders C.D. and a book.

A book! A book! A BOOK! Guess what arrived? Guess what is sitting at my feet? Guess what I will be reading on the stationary bike all week (no tredmill because I can't read while running)?


Anonymous said...

Your pie looks so delicious!

Alice (in Veganland) said...

I was also very impressed by Anni's mango pie. It sounds so simple! Like something I could totally prepare myself!

Have fun with Veganomicon. I don't know why I said this: you ARE going to have fun with it!

VeganCowGirl said...

Thanks Romina!!! It was tasty.

Vegyogini said...

Oh, VeganCowGirl, you're going to have the best time with Veganomicon! Enjoy!

pleasantly plump vegan said...

that pie sounds amazing!

Jennifer said...

That pie sounds awesome. I've never had fresh mango. :-( And I adore fruit!

Anni said...

Your pie looks lovely! And your tweakings of my recipe seem great. I guess with less mango, your pie filling is a little firmer than mine? And also creamier with the tofu... Reading this makes me wish we still had some pie left!