Vegan French Silk Pie

Vegan French Silk Pie. Such delicious. Wow raspberries. Much chocolate. | Je suis alimentagese | #vegan #pie #piday

Oh hello. I know, I know. I’m super late. I missed Monday’s post. And then I missed Thursday’s… and here I am posting on a Friday when I never post on Fridays. I’M SO SORRY. But it’s Pi Day, and as the ultimate nerd, HOW COULD I RESIST? This vegan French silk pie is so simple, silky, decadent yet not overwhelming in sweetness. Topped with fluffy whipped coconut cream and bedazzled with fresh raspberries? Hubba hubba.

But I’ve talked about the vegan side of JSA, I’ve yet to delve into the waters of feminism, but today, I give you NERDISM.

Since it’s Pi Day, what better way to enlighten you of the ways of which I’m nerdy?

I am so many kinds of nerd.

I’m borderline geek actually. (Y’know, the not so cool side of nerds.)

I was never a cool kid. I was too hyper, too goody-goody, and too into books. I grew up devouring books. I clearly remember going to my town’s library at age 5 and signing my very first library card. I used to take out massive stacks of books every week because I was an only child and all of my friends lived on the other side of town. Sweet Valley High, Chronicles of Narnia, Baby Sitter’s Club, Baby Sitter’s Little Sister (Ugh I always skipped the first chapter. Shut up Karen, I get it. Your parents are divorced. Y U NEED TO EXPLAIN EVERY BOOK?!)

Yes I realize the author did it for background knowledge reasons. But holy balls so annoying.

Vegan French Silk Pie. Such delicious. Wow raspberries. Much chocolate. | Je suis alimentagese | #vegan #pie #piday

I spent hours and hours at the library after school because my mom commuted to work an hour away, so I’d be at the library until 6 or 7, reading, doing homework, or fixing the way books were placed on the stacks. (Yes, I was the 10 year old kid who would bring all the books forward on the shelf and straighten them so that they were all even and flushed against each other).

One of my best friends’ mom was the head librarian, and she lived right across the street. We would hang out in the library and sometimes go to her house and… actually I have no idea what we did. 12 year old Lisa’s memory is lacking there.

Then another best friend of mine (actually she was best friends with me first but moved away, her cousin — the aforementioned best friend — and I became closer in the subsequent years) and I used to nerd out and obsess over Harry Potter. We wrote fan fiction and role played using our own characters (my character was Harry and Hermione’s kid because THEY ARE SOULMATES. Even J.K. Rowling admitted it.)

She also introduced me to Lord of the Rings and thus began my never-ending fandom of Lord of the Rings. To this day I still watch it, sometimes with commentary because I love Dominique Monaghan and Billy Boyd talking. She had dibs on Billy, but it’s okay, I was always Dom’s girl. (Sorry Chris.) We role-played our own characters for Lord of the Rings for YEARS. As in between ages 13 and 18. So many stories. My character’s name was Fairianen Elrohir (as in the daughter of Elrohir, Arwen’s older brother who had a twin named Elladan). She had twin swords, a kick-ass horse and a really weird, slightly pervy boyfriend. Actually I don’t think I wanted him to be that pervy, I think my BFF just wrote him that way.

Anyway, I digress.

Vegan French Silk Pie. Such delicious. Wow raspberries. Much chocolate. | Je suis alimentagese | #vegan #pie #piday

After Lord of the Rings, I got REALLY into anime. But I refused to tell anyone about it (in high school anyway). I was really into Naruto, Bleach, Sailor Moon (Season 6 Super Sailors Stars FTW), and oddly enough Love Hina. I don’t remember anything about it really. I just remember watching many many hours of it.

In terms of academics, my favourite subject was math. Yes, yes, I know, stereotypical Asian. My mom would give me extra math lessons everyday since I was a kid, so I was actually doing grade 6 math back when I was in grade 1, because that’s how the Viet kids did it.

We hardcore.

Sorry that was terrible.

Math was definitely my best subject, and to be honest, I have no idea why I didn’t keep going in math, because I wasn’t really all that great in English. Or French. I would get 95s in math, but only 86s in French and English. Actually my first essay ever I got an 80.

I WAS LIKE WUT.

(Yes to even further my nerdcred, I was a straight A student who got upset over Asian-fails like an 80.)

Vegan French Silk Pie. Such delicious. Wow raspberries. Much chocolate. | Je suis alimentagese | #vegan #pie #piday

But my nerdcred doesn’t stop there. In high school I also became a Classics Club nerd. I was really into Latin, Greek and Roman mythologies, Socrates… and grammar. Guys, I love grammar. Could you tell? With my religious use of the Oxford comma, proper use of ellipses, heck I even used an em-dash up there.

Uh… and I forgot to mention that I’ve been a band-geek like all of my life. I’ve been playing piano since I was six, played in band (flute/piccolo, trumpet or piano in jazz band) since grade 6, and I’ve been at band camp for over 10 years (as a camper and as a music staff).

…Actually writing all this nerdom down is getting a little intense. I’m going to list the remaining fandoms I’m super into because otherwise this will be the longest post of life.

Reasons why I’m a nerd, continued (and probably will be updated)

  • Marvel (I LOVE X-MEN aka Kitty & Colossus 4ever, and Iron Man…and The Avengers, but mostly because of Joss Whedon)
  • …Joss Whedon. Firefly, Dollhouse, Astonishing X-Men BUT only the ones he did because all the others are horrendous, and as I mentioned, the Avengers. (No I did not watch Buffy. Spike gave me the heebie-jeebies). And I watch S.H.I.E.L.D. because I love Fitz and want to marry him. Mostly because Chris is basically Fitz. Less awkward though. But just as intense about engineery things I don’t understand.
  • DC Comics (because let’s be real, Batman, Superman, and Spiderman have way better back-stories than all of Marvel’s comic book heros combined.)
  • Star Trek (In order: TNG, Voyager, DS9, OGS) (Captains: Picard, Janeway, Kirk, Sisko)
  • Game of Thrones
  • Photography (Duh.)
  • Computers (I drool over beautiful gaming computers even though I switched to Mac back in 2009)
  • MMORPGs (Chronological order: Runescape, Maplestory, Forsaken World)
  • Website development (I’m weirdly into the back-end of blogging. I love learning about SEO, HTML, CSS, and I’ve been CodeAcademy-ing Javascript)
  • Board games (favourites include Settlers of Catan, Dutch Blitz, King of Tokyo, Pandemic, aaaaaaand Scrabble)
  • Stationary. Back to School Season is the best season.
  • Technology in general. I’m really into smartphones. And tablets. And Google.
  • Sherlock. I’m a Cumberbitch.
  • Pokémon. I may have ignored the beautiful countryside of Italy when I was 17 because my friend let me play her Pokémon Pearl on the bus. GOTTA CATCH EM ALL.

And I’m sure the list goes on but this is waaaay to long of a post.

TL;DR

This vegan French silk pie is amazing. I’m a huge nerd. Happy Pi Day. Check out all the pies my fellow blogger friends shared:

Sorry for the longest, most self-centered post ever.

Recipe adapted from Alton Brown

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Vegan French Silk Pie

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 24 hours

Vegan French Silk Pie

A silky rich pie that's not too sweet, but just sweet enough to hit the spot. Perfect served with coconut whipped cream and fresh raspberries.

Ingredients

For the crust:
1/2 cup vegan butter
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
For the filling:
200g (7 oz) dark chocolate, chopped (make sure there's no dairy to keep it vegan)
1/3 cup coffee liqueur (I used Kahlua)
1 block silken tofu, drained and at room temperature
2 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the coconut whipped cream:
1 can Thai Kitchen full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight (do not shake)
1/4 cup icing sugar
Optional: 1 tbsp tapioca starch
Optional: Fresh raspberries

Instructions

    For the crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a food processor, blitz together butter, sugar, flour, cocoa powder and salt until a dough forms (it'll be very soft, like cookie dough). Press into a lightly sprayed tart pan (if you're using a pie pan you can probably skip the spray). Use a fork to pierce the bottom to prevent air bubbles. You may not use all the dough, depending on the size of your pan. Reserve the rest to make a mini pie later if you also have extra filling.***
  3. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove and let cool on a wire rack. You may need to use a fork to press down the crust because it may have puffed up.
  4. For the filling:
  5. Using a double boiler or a heat-safe bowl over a low-simmering pot, melt the chocolate. Transfer to a food processor or a blender and blend with the coffee liqueur, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add tofu and continue to blend/process until you have a very smooth and silky filling. Fill your cooled chocolate pie crust, you may have some leftover.
  6. Let the pie set in the fridge for at least 4 hours, but I let it chill overnight.
  7. For the coconut whipped cream:
  8. Scoop out the thick, coconut cream from the top of the unshaken and refrigerated coconut milk can. Reserve the remaining liquid for smoothies. Whip cream with icing sugar until thick and soft peaks form. If you are finding it's not thickening up, add 1 tbsp tapioca starch.
  9. Either spread on top, or pipe little rosettes and garnish with fresh raspberries.

Notes

**My tart pan was a little small, so I made two little pots de crème with the extra filling and froze the extra pie tart. But if you have a mini tart pan, you can easily make a small 3 inch tart with the remaining crust and filling.

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About Lisa Le

Lisa is the twenty-something, nerdy, procrastinating, feminist blogger and photographer behind Je suis alimentageuse. She loves lemons, avocado, butternut squash, and is a bookworm.

Comments

  1. I don’t know what I love more.. your admitting all your nerd-dom or this pie. It might be a tie. The pie looks really good though. Maybe its the pie.
    Kelley recently posted…Frozen Tiramisu PieMy Profile

  2. this is the most gorgeous french silk pie Lisa! we’re not vegan, but i am totally making this pie for my family
    Heather @ French Press recently posted…Strawberry Balsamic Pies for Pi DayMy Profile

  3. OMG, your pie looks absolutely amazing Lisa!!!! It’s really fun to learn more about you. ;) I personally, cannot do math to save my life! I was married to an electrical engineer (with a minor in math), and pi to me…..was just a really long number that he used as a padlock combination. :0 I’m digging this food blogger version of Pi Day, lol
    Lisa@ Cooking with Curls recently posted…Lattice Top Apple Pie & National Pi Day #pidayMy Profile

  4. Lisa – Would it be wrong if I made this pie and then ate it all myself? Seriously – this is one amazing pie!! And, gorgeous photos as always… Adding this to my must-try list!
    Martha @ A Family Feast recently posted…White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie {#PiDay Pie Party}My Profile

  5. NERD LOVE!!! You are awesome. I think you and I might be soulmates. I see no mention of Battlestar Galactica, which leads me to believe that you haven’t seen it (if you had it would TOTALLY be on this list). DO IT.

    p.s. dig the pie too.
    Ashley recently posted…Healthy Blueberry Oat Pancakes (+ gluten free!)My Profile

  6. This looks amazing! I can hardly believe it’s vegan!

  7. It’s okay, I was the editor of Key Club. The EDITOR…of KEY CLUb. Omg, dork. Oh but it gets worse, I also created our high school’s Key Club website..from straight up legit, pure HTML. NERD. Um…this pi(e) makes my day. You are awesome. Also do you listen to the slightly feminist podcast Stuff Mom Never Told You? I feel like you’d enjoy it.
    Katie @ Produce on Parade recently posted…Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip & Cherry CookiesMy Profile

    • Hahah that’s amazing!! I’m so glad you shared that. I honestly had no idea what Key Club was but I just looked it up and it’s awesome! Good for you for doing something so awesome. And girl, I TOTALLY acknowledge your mad HTML skills. I totally did that once upon a time, y’know with frames and flash?? Hahah. I used to listen to SYMNTY and Stuff You Should Know too! You have excellent taste in podcasts!

  8. I raised a couple of nerds, so nerds hold a special place in my heart. When someone says something not nice about a nerd, I always say, “Nerds will rule the world someday.” It’s true. Your pie looks so silky and sounds really yummy. I am a chocoholic, so it is right up my alley!
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  9. Gorgeous pie!
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  10. This pie is Gorgeous! Pinned :)
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  11. I don’t think you’re a nerd, Ithink you’re a super-star – this pie looks incredible Lisa!
    I pinned it to my PIE board :) Happy Belated PiDay.
    Ang
    jugglingactmama.com

  12. I love vegan desserts, your pie looks so silky and dreamy!!
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  13. I love French Silk Pie! Pinning :)
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  14. Elin Andersson says:

    Hello!

    I’m a Swedish vegan feminist who found your site by accident while procrastinating on Tumblr and can I just say that you are THE ULTIMATE HUMAN BEING!!! Sorry but I was like oh, amazing looking vegan pie. OMG Lord of the rings nerdiness, OMG Manga nerdiness and then you have a vegan glutenfree cathegory that’s like things I didn’t know existed in this world?!?! This is too good!

  15. This pie looks devine. I wish I’d learnt the piano as a child – it’s so much harder as an adult!

  16. Holy smokes, I think you’re describing me. HP and LoTR obsession? Yes! Band camp? Yes! Except it was orchestra, but same thing pretty much. As a kid I raided the library each time I visited. A normal book would take me max 2 days to finish reading. NERDS FTW!

    This pie looks delicious too. :)

  17. Is there something I can replace with tofu…? I tried looking for it in the supermarket, but it wasn’t there. :(
    P.S. I’m Egyptian, so I guess that’s why I couldn’t find it, though I was looking in the Asian corner?

  18. Hi ! I was wondering how much is that one block of silken tofu exactly? Or what brand did you use?:)

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