Friday, August 13, 2010

Who Am I?

No, this is not in reference to the movie Zoolander.  This is a real question reader.  Who am I?

I am a lot of things.  People who know me, know this.  So how do I make myself into a singular pie? That was our thought-provoking challenge this month for You Want Pies With That?, brought to us by the extremely talented Branny of Branny Boils Over.  Technically we're to: "Choose a pie that best represents your personality and use your blog write-up to justify your choice."

This left me thinking, hmmmm, tricky... but in the best of ways.  I mean there's so much to say about myself; it's not going to be easy to let the pie do the talking. And then I re-evaluated.  The pie doesn't have to be a piece for company, it just has to be a piece of me.  The result:  I've made a pie I've always wanted to make, simple and quiet looking with a deliciously bold undertone: Chocolate Ginger Ganache Pie.

Why is this pie like me?
1) I look sweet and quiet from a distance, until you realize I'm subtly spicy and sassy.
2) It's gluten and soy free, just like me (that part was easy!)
3) Two of my favorite things are chocolate and ginger.  Both are in the filling, yay.
4) It's hard to take in all at once.  I admit that sometimes I can be a bit overwhelming, just like the rich   and bold flavors in this pie.  Small doses/slices may be better until a taste is acquired ;)

I wish I were smooth and rich like this pie, but sadly I cannot claim to be either.  The pie is also super easy which is definitely not how I'd want to describe myself! (insert uncomfortable silence here, reader)
Chocolate Ginger 
Ganache Pie
(no gluten, eggs or soy here)
(those little bubbles are the pieces of ginger, yum)
Favorite single crust pie crust, add some dried ginger and bake. (I halved the recipe here)
2 inches of fresh ginger root, peeled
24 oz chocolate (I use allergy-free Enjoy Life chips)
2 1/2 cups heavy cream

Cool baked pie crust, dust with sugar and set aside.
Place chocolate in a heat-safe mixing bowl (like a glass pyrex bowl).
In a saucepan, soak peeled ginger in cream for at least 30 minutes.
Bring the cream to a boil, careful not to scald the cream.  
Remove from heat and remove ginger root quickly.
Pour the cream slowly over chocolate while mixing until chocolate has completely melted.
Grate some of the ginger root into the ganache, as much or as little as you'd like.
Pour ganache in cooled pie shell and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Now the metaphors get a little complicated when you start to slice the pie and give it away to co-workers and friends.  Remind you of life a little?  But I think I'm going a little too far with that ;) Let's just say I'm proud that this pie represents me, and I'm ready to eat my personality.  (insert second uncomfortable silence here, reader)

When you're done feeling awkward about my last sentence, check out what the other amazing bakers did here.


  1. This pie sounds delicious! I can definitely see how this challenge was a little awkward ;) Your post is very entertaining!

  2. I was cracking up at this post! I'm voting for you, Suz!

  3. Fantastic! I love the combination of ginger and chocolate. :)

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  5. Oooh, rich, decadent and delicious. Chocolate and ginger go together like the perfect pair. Orange is nice with both of them too.