UPDATE: We made our raspberry pie! Details after the jump.
My girlfriend Daun and I were able to make our favourite raspberry pie tonight! We attempted a lemon tofu "cheesecake" earlier this week (at left). The crust was made of walnuts, and the filling was made of lemon juice and silken tofu, with a lemon juice and agar glaze. It was our first attempt at a tofu cheesecake, and to be honest it turned out pretty well! It didn't taste exactly like a cheesecake, but it did taste very good, and because of all the tofu, it was incredibly filling. But it didn't look so hot (the crust was a little well done), so we decided to try to make another pie for Pi Day.
That brings us to today, when we made our old standby - a raspberry pie. My girlfriend is vegetarian, so we used agar (which comes from seaweed) instead of gelatin to hold the pie together. We had never used agar before we started making this pie, and have been very impressed with it every time! To make the filling, we dissolved agar flakes in a pot of boiling apple juice (picture at right). Like any good Canadians, we then sweetened the filling with maple syrup, then thickened it by stirring in arrowroot.
I should mention that Daun did the heavy lifting on both of these pies, although I did clean the dishes, and offered moral support throughout. We discovered both of these pies at The Green Door, which is our favourite vegetarian restaurant here in Ottawa. They have a fantastic cookbook, which I can't say enough good things about, and which includes the recipes for both of these pies.
Happy Pi Day Everyone!
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Thanks for the mention!