I am plum-crazy these days, and no that's not a pun for once!! I'm actually getting ready to move myself to another country for work and I leave tomorrow... so why am I blogging tonight? Well, whether I'm hopping over to another country or to another world, I would never miss a chance to bake for You Want Pies With That blog.
This month's theme, chosen by the very talented and wise Food Librarian is to bake a literary pie, and let me tell you, I am stoked for this theme! I love reading; books have been my constant companion for years and until this day, I consider the better worn covers on my shelves to be some of my best friends. The written word has the capability to take you away to a world you never imagined, or a world you want to join, or a world you dare not join... A literary work can inspire and infuriate, lift up your soul or make you re-evaluate your self-worth.
The main dilemma I faced in this challenge is how do you choose just one book when you love so many? Let me tell you, I went through about 30 books with 30 good ideas, however, I have a tragic taste in literature and found my pies to be depressing in inspiration. I finally settled on a modern favorite by a notable commentator: Breakfast of Champions written by Kurt Vonnegut. I went through an intense Vonnegut period where I read everything he ever wrote; I was obsessed. The main character in Breakfast is much in the same- completely obsessed with a writer, so much so that the consumption causes some interesting results (I don't want to ruin the novel.) To do justice to the novel as a pie, I wanted to take the irony and disconnect present in most Vonnegut novels and literally become inspired by a breakfast treat (the Wheaties slogan is more of a commentary on product placement and corporate infiltration and less an actual meal.) And since our protagonist is obsessed, I decided to "stuff" said breakfast treat so it would be consumed with itself. This is perhaps far too symbolic but it was also far too delicious for its own good ;)
Stuffed French Toast Pie
Inspired by Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions
Step One: French Toast Pie Crust
8 oz gluten-free stuffing cubes, frozen (I like Whole Foods brand)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
4 tbs milk (I use lactose skim milk)
2 tbs light brown sugar
1 tbs melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
dash of cinnamon
maple syrup (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
Combine all above ingredients.
Pat the cubes together into a pie plate until it forms a crust.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
Cool before filling.
*Optional- brush crust with lite maple syrup
Step Two: Stuffed Filling
1 box of cheesecake mousse prepared (I like using Nestle's European Sugar Free, you will need milk)
1/4 cup of mascarpone cheese
2 tbs sugar
1 pint of blueberries or fruit of choice
Prepare mousse as directed (combine 2 pouches with 1 1/2 cups cold milk)
Beat in mascarpone cheese.
Fold half of the fruit into the filling.
Pour into completed pie shell and chill for 1 hour (if you don't use a deep dish pie plate, you will have leftover filling, yum!)
Top with berries rolled in sugar and whipped cream after chilling.
Return to chill or serve immediately!
Note: gluten-free breads do not keep for long unfrozen, so prepare when you can serve the pie out as soon as possible.
This is probably the most successful/creative gluten-free pie crust solution I've come up with thus far and I really enjoyed making and eating it. Thanks for such a great theme Mary!