Frozen Chocolate Raisin Pie

Frozen Chocolate Raisin PieDisclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Winding down after a long day often means curling up with a good book. Last month I was reading this book. Photo-216Perhaps the 1934 edition of Hershey’s Cookbook wasn’t what you expected? (Yes, I am weird like that; reading a cookbook like a novel. ) Apparently my husband was reading too, because he asked me to make the chocolate raisin pie on page 44. Then the Recipe Redux surprised us with another member opportunity: a holiday recipe contest sponsored by California Raisins. The challenge is to enhance the holidays with delicious foods that fit the category extra nutrition and less indulgence.  Looks like the 1934 Hershey’s Chocolate Raisin Pie is in for a revision!

Say hello to the 21st Century Chocolate Raisin Pie that debut in my house  this Thanksgiving, as a test pie.Frozen Chocolate Raisin Pie

Of the eleven ingredients in the original recipe, I eliminated 6, including the added sugar and unbaked pie shell. Both the chocolate and the natural sweetness of the raisins, make this just sweet enough. The pie gets a contemporary new twist with the addition of silken tofu, a versatile lean protein. I think it’s the perfect ingredient for this creamy dessert because it acts as a sponge and takes on the flavors you pair it with, so you can taste the heros of this dessert:  chocolate and  naturally sweet California Raisins.

Join me in a  healthier, less indulgent approach to the holidays by adding this sun dried fruit to  a myriad of foods from desserts to savory main dishes.   The ingredient list says it all: Raisins. The nutrition label tells this good story: zero fat, no cholesterol, and no added sugar. Plus raisins offer 9% of your daily fiber and potassium, and 6% of your iron.  California raisins will steal the culinary spotlight with  added nutrition and natural sweetness.  Please visit the links at the bottom of this post for delicious and festive ways to include  California raisins in your holiday spread.

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Frozen Chocolate Raisin Pie

Ingredients

for the crust

  • chocolate wafer cookies (3 cups crumbled )
  • 4 Tablespoons melted butter

for the filling

  • 2 cups California raisins
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 24.6 ounces extra firm silken tofu, drained of water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon good quality salt such as Himalayan crystal salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. 1. Process chocolate cookie wafers in a blender or food processor until sandy textured.
  2. 2. Add melted butter and stir. Once combined, take out 4 tablespoons and reserve for topping.
  3. 3.  Press remaining crumb mixture  into bottom of one 9 1/2 inch pie plate (avoiding sides) or two smaller pie tins. Set aside.
  4. 1. Place raisins in a small saucepan. Add enough water to cover. Heat and simmer for  10 minutes. Drain raisins and set aside.
  5. 2. Add chocolate to a small saucepan and melt over low heat.
  6. 3. Add tofu, raisins, melted chocolate, vanilla, salt and cinnamon to a blender and process until smooth. Pour mixture on top of crust. Use remaining cookie crumbs to garnish top. Freeze for 2 hours, then serve. If in the freezer longer than 2 hours, allow to thaw slightly before serving. Serves 12

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Nutritious Party Food: Salty Edamame

 Edamame

 

What party food is high in fiber and  protein, low in fat and sodium, contains no trans fat and tastes good with beer? Edamame (soybeans)! Yep, and I have prepared some today; I hope you’ll consider doing the same over the holidays  to enjoy with your friends and family.

Although edamame has been popular for years in the cuisines of Japan, China and Hawaii, it is just starting to enjoy the popularity it deserves as a delicious and nutritious legume here in the US. One half cup of shelled edamame contains 100 calories, 3 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 30 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 8 grams protein, 4 g fiber,  and 10% of the daily value of vitamins A and C.

Today I am preparing edamame the way it’s prepared in Japan and served as an appetizer with beer. Simply boil frozen edamame in  salty water while still in their pods for about 4 or 5 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water. Drain again and sprinkle with sea salt. Squeeze the beans out of the pods with your fingers and enjoy!

 Salty Edamame

What are some of your favorite party  foods for entertaining? 

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