Saturday, 7 January 2012

Rocket and Roses Roasted Pumpkin Dessert Pie with Cocoa and Oat Topping ~ Gluten Free

Kitchen Play List: The Union ~ Siren's Song Album

7/1/12 I have been 'off kitchen duty' for the last few days due to my silly body acting up. So I haven't been able to bring you recipes etc. Today is the last day of this nonsense (can you tell I am being my usual impatient self?? lol) and will be much happier when I can bring you the usual content. I've looked back into my archives and found these two recipes. They were made the same day as the Rocket and Roses Pear and Ginger Dessert Pie. Now this Pumpkin pie was very much a Marmite loved it or you hated it. lol. I liked it and My love..not so much. My pal D liked it and B..not so much. lol. However the second recipe I created to use up the leftover topping..everyone who tried it..loved it. lol. Normal service will hopefully be resumed tomorrow and I am looking forward to getting back.

During this time of 'being good' I have plenty of time to think...and now major changes are coming. I'm changing my understairs cupboard into a pantry..swapping two of the rooms in our house around..I can't wait. lol. My Love is sorry now for even making the But I am very excited.

I have been reading about Simplifying via the Vegan Flower blog. Molly and her husband are currently going through this process and I think it maybe starting to rub off on me. lol.

OK hope these recipes can fill the gap until I'm back Happy Weekend All! ~R~

I think I temporarily lost my marbles the afternoon I created this recipe. I had finished cooking for the day and cleaned down the kitchen and made myself a cuppa and was going to sit down and do some writing. Personally I blame the coffee I had been drinking that week..I do..I'm usually a strictly herbal tea gal..but for some reason that week I had been craving Hazelnut Coffee...will I ever learn? lol. Apparently..not! lol. I had been trying out Manifest Vegan's sweet pastry recipe which is also GF and I had ended up with two blind baked pasty shells and I had made a Pear and Ginger Dessert Pie with one and was lost as what to do with the other. We don't eat a lot of pie in this house. Unless it's a very special occasion or festive I was stumped. 

Earlier in the week I had cut...hacked...axed into a glorious Crown Prince Pumpkin and made a frittata with some of the same time I had also cut some into wedges (skin left on..) and using a piece of kitchen towel with a drip of sunflower oil, rubbed the flesh over and then put then onto a baking sheet and left them to roast in the oven. When done I brought the tray out and left it on the surface to cool. Then the rest of the day happened and I simply popped them into an airtight container in the fridge. When we ate the Frittata we both agreed that it was a very sweet pumpkin and how nice a dessert would be....*spark* lol 

So, facing the empty pie shell, and that the day I baked these pies was Thanksgiving in the US I decided to throw my hat into the Pumpkin Pie arena. Now it's the first time I have ever...ever...used Pumpkin as a dessert so it did freak me out a little. lol. But I wanted to keep it very simple so I made up my own little pot of Pumpkin Pie Spices...2 tbsp cinnamon..2 tsp ground ginger...2 tsp nutmeg and 1 1/2 tsp ground cloves and got out my Maple Syrup and got to work on the filling which I then poured into the pastry case and leveled off. 

But I felt it needed something more. So inspired by the Pear and Ginger Pie, I got the pot of oats out once again and set to work making another oaty topping. I remembered an American pal of mine who was obsessed with Pumpkin and Chocolate together as a combination and that is how the cocoa topping came together. 

Now I really didn't need all of the topping on this pie so I used half and saved half for another recipe that will follow shortly but there is no reason why the spare topping couldn't be frozen until needed. 

Rocket and Roses Roasted Pumpkin Dessert Pie with Cocoa & Oaty Topping
Rocket and Roses Roasted Pumpkin Dessert Pie with Cocoa & Oat 
Topping Serves 8
(Original recipe from the Rocket and Roses Vegan Kitchen except the GF pastry which is 
all Manifest Vegans work) 

1 Manifest Vegan GF blind baked pastry shell

 3lb roasted pumpkin wedges, skins and charring cut away
2 tsp Maple Syrup
1/2 pumpkin pie spice blend

1 2/3 cups/5oz gluten free oats
1/3 cup/2oz demerara sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cocoa
1/3 cup/2oz vegan butter or margarine

In a blender or using a hand blender blitz the pumpkin flesh, maple syrup and spices together until smooth. Spoon into the pastry shell and smooth across to make an even surface. 

In a bowl mix together the oats, sugar, cocoa, vanilla extract and then using two knives cut in the margarine until a large crumb consistency is found. Spoon half of the topping into a freezer bag and freeze until ready to use and spoon the other half onto the pumpkin pie to leave a domed crumble topping. 

A pie awaiting the hot oven..looks good enough to eat at this stage,  eh? lol
Place in a pre-heated 375'F/190'C/Gas Mark 5 oven and bake for 30 minutes until the topping has darkened but not charcoaled! lol. 

Serve immediately as a hot dessert or leave to cool and then refrigerate as a cold dessert. Serve with vegan vanilla or chocolate ice cream, pouring cream or custard. 

But most importantly...enjoy!