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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Women, Wednesdays and Wonders

They just seem to go together, Women and Wednesdays. Add in some delicious food, sparkling wine, chocolate, girl talk, great friends and suddenly, the whole week looks different. So much so that I am going to write about girlie things every Wednesday, which I know was yesterday but the long weekend has me a day behind. Guys take note; this is your chance to listen in!

Last night I went to a women's potluck, guided by Shakti, "the concept or personification of divine feminine creative power", In the body of the invitation was this fitting quote:

"Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life--learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work some every day."

~Robert Fulghum

And so, I decided to bring one of the most wondrous desserts I have ever made. Please don't let the ingredient list deter you from this chocolate heaven. When I first made this recipe, the taste made me utter, "I can't believe this is tofu" and that outburst is the perfect tag for this wonderful recipe. And, yes, there is also another sugar, except what's in the chocolate, is added to the filling!

Melt in your Mouth Chocolate Pie

2 cups finely crushed graham crackers crumbs
1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
2 tablespoons honey

Blend all these together and make a crust. Press into 9 inch pie plate.

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 ounces organic silken tofu (not "soft", but "silken" and not the brand Silken either. I use Nasoya)
1 egg, local if available
6 ounces real chocolate chips, melted*
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract and ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Greek yogurt, sweetened with a little honey if desired

*Chocolate is a world in itself and a license to play which I do...rarely using the same kind twice!

Blend all these ingredients together in a blender or food processor until smooth, creamy and thoroughly blended. Pour into prepared pie crust and bake 350F for about 30 minutes. Cool and then chill thoroughly. Serve with a dollop of unflavored Greek yogurt that you can sweeten with some honey. Makes one pie, serving 6-8.

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