I thought I'd do this one with a little Easter twist as well. After the cupcakes have cooled, ice them with Cashew Cream or butter icing, or just spread them with fruit-juice-sweetened jam, then sprinkle with a little dessicated coconut that's been stirred around with some natural green food colouring, and pop a chocolate bunny on top. A fun and not-too-chocolately treat for the kids for Easter-week snacks. Check out my Make Your Own Easter Eggs post for how to make the bunny!
I love baking them with the strawberry jam inside them, but they're also yummy without it. Raspberry or cherry jam would also be scrumptious!
“Tofu????” he exclaimed! “Just give it a go” I replied, and we left it at that. Once I'd whizzed it all up in the food processor he came by again, as he often does, just to 'check' how it's going (ie to see what there is to sample), and he had a lick of the mixture. Obviously surprised, he went back for more. My not-very-sweet-toothed husband has now had three helpings of the 'tofu pie' over the last two days, so I think I can safely say it was a success. It's also been a huge hit with my 7 year old who is a self-professed mousse-hater. Not bad, really!
The pie filling is a gorgeous stand-alone mousse and actually doesn't have to be served in a pie shell at all. We ate a heap of it fresh after being whizzed up, and it's just lovely. It solidifies in the fridge after a couple of hours and becomes too solid to really call a mousse, but if you wanted to make it ahead of time and serve it as a mousse, just take it out of the fridge for an hour or two before serving.
And, just to demonstrate that I don't always get my baking quite right, my attempt at making a large pie shell to put the filling in kind of failed. I made the the dough a little too moist, and rolled it out too thinly, and it ended up cracking to bits when I blind-baked it. Thankfully I also made some small tart shells that worked, so it wasn't a complete disaster. And remembering the old saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”...I found that the crumbling pie crust made a fantastic and fancy-looking 'soil' to crumble over the top of the mousse, and gave it a lovely crunchy texture-element. Hubby even said it looked like I planned it all along!As usual, I've modified the original recipe somewhat. It's an American book, so the quantities have changed a little in my conversions so that it uses more standard Australian quantities. I've also removed the refined sugar content and replaced it with a reduced amount of maple syrup.
While the shell is cooling, make the filling:
We have been making our own Easter Eggs for years. For me it's partly nostalgic and partly pragmatic.
I have wonderful memories of Easter creativity during my years growing up in Papua New Guinea. It was hard to buy Easter Eggs over there, so we would make our own for each other. We would draw a name out of a hat to decide which family member we would make a large egg for. Then we would secretly decorate the egg with piped-on icing, with pictures or a message to surprise them on Easter Sunday.
The pragmatic part is that it can be really hard to buy Easter Eggs that meet all my requirements: Fair Trade Chocolate, no dairy, low sugar, low additive AND affordable. I also really enjoy the act of giving something you've laboured over yourself, rather than something just picked off a shelf, and my kids really enjoy the variety that they get every year. We now have an Easter Egg making day a week or two before Easter- everyone makes a bunch and then divides them up into gift bags for the other family members, waiting for Easter Sunday.
It's not a difficult process, just a little time consuming. First you need the egg molds. They can be found in many places over the internet (ebay is a good place to start). In Australia, stores like Spotlight or specialty baking stores have them. I have a variety of molds- large hollow eggs, medium and small solid eggs, plus bunny shapes and other non-Easter themed molds of various insects and animals and shapes. You can also buy different coloured foil wraps for that more authentic looking product at the end.
Chocolate!! Any kind works for this, depending on personal preference and your dietary requirements. The quantities are entirely up to you...buy a few blocks and keep melting more if you run out!!
You can make different colours by using dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, or white chocolate coloured with a few drops of natural food colouring (to make pink, blue, green, yellow, purple etc).
You can also use different flavoured chocolate- I often do a batch of mint chocolate and another of orange chocolate, to add a great variety of flavour.
Method for melting chocolate:
Method for small or medium solid eggs:
Method for Rocky Road Easter Eggs: