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Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

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Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie in a graham cracker crust and topped with vegan ganache? Yes, please!

© 2011 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

This is one of my favorite vegan fall-time indulgences, and it's a crowd-pleaser among adults and children, vegans and non-vegans alike. A dairy-free graham cracker crust is topped with a vegan tofu-based pumpkin pie filling and then topped with a rich dark chocolate vegan ganache--see why it's always a hit?

If you're new to working with tofu, you might want to read this article on the two different kinds of tofu. This recipe calls for silken tofu, which is found in the dry goods section of most health food stores and organic sections of larger chains, so it should not be confused with water-packed tofu varieties found in the refrigerated sections.

Yield: 1 9" pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 Recipe Dairy-Free Graham Cracker Crust
  • 1 12-ounce package soft silken tofu (NOT water-packed tofu)
  • 1 15-ounce can canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 T. maple syrup
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. ground ginger
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 Recipe Vegan Ganache

Preparation:

1. Prepare the Graham Cracker Crust in a 9" pie plate according to the recipe's instructions, but instead of baking it for 7-10 minutes at 375 F, just lightly brown it for 5 minutes at 375 F. Allow crust to cool completely before making the pumpkin pie filling.

2. Preheat the oven to 425 F.

3. Process the soft silken tofu in a blender or food processor until smooth and creamy. Add the pumpkin, sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt, processing until smooth and well combined.

4. Pour the filling evenly into the prepared graham cracker crust. Lightly sprinkle the surface with sugar. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, then turn down the oven heat to 350 F and bake for 40 minutes longer. Allow pie to cool completely on a wire cooling rack, then transfer the pie, uncovered, to the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours.

5. Prepare the Vegan Ganache according to the recipe. Allow the ganache to cool for 5-10 minutes after preparing, stirring occasionally, or until slightly thickened. Pour the ganache evenly on top of the surface of the chilled pie. Return the pie to the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours longer. Serve cold after the chocolate has set.

Cook's Note:

    If the top of your crust starts to darken too quickly while baking the filling, lightly tent the edges with foil to prevent burning the crust. (Experienced bakers have all had at least one graham cracker crust come out of the oven blackened, so it is wise to check on the crust frequently when trying out a new recipe in your oven!)
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