Monday, March 26, 2012

Pie in the Sky pie by Anna

"I love you.  Eat."

I remember my Grandmother saying it as she pushed a package of Twinkies, (Tvinkies) or Hostess Snowballs my way to nurture my 10 year old body with love and sugar.  Today my daughter follows in her footsteps, (albeit unknowingly as she never met this grandmother), as she's taken to baking as though she was born in Vegan Treats in Bethlehem, PA.

These pics have been hanging around for a month or more.  They're from "Vegan Pie in the Sky," by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero, (who I got to introduce at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival where I was an Emcee).  My daughter's favorites are this book, "The Joy of Vegan Baking" by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, and "Vegan Desserts," by Hannah Kaminsky.

Playing catch-up and in honor of meeting the delightful Ms. Romero, and in honor of my daughter who delights me with vegan baked goods when I walk through the door from a two week rotation, I've bumped this post to number one.

Brownie Botton Peanut Butter Cheesecake.

We didn't have a 9 1/2 inch pan.  This is basic geometry, when you have a bigger diameter the height of a given volume

The cake was a bit shorter than it was supposed to be but I'm shorter than I'm supposed to be so it all worked out.
I mean, I can see over the counter.

With her new piping bag in hand Rad Whip flowers adorn the rim.

How could this be complete without shaved chocolate?
Two pics of the finished product.  The cake had rich sweet multi dimensional flavors and the consistency brought me back to Juniors in Brooklyn where a trek to downtown was an incredible treat for their cheesecake.  If only I knew then what I know now about cheese ... but that's for a different day ... this is a denser version of that.  Still, melt in your mouth chocolate/peanut butter decadence.


And thanks Kiddo.

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