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Spring is in the air, y’all! I don’t know how 2017 has managed to whiz by so quickly, but it’s very clear that springtime celebrations are in the air! With Easter, Mother’s Day, and more coming up, it’s time to think about some sweet treats to enjoy with my family. For today, that means Tofu French Silk Pie!
I know, I know – tofu? What?!?! Stay with me, I’ll explain why this pie is absolutely amazing. First: have you ever had a slice of French Silk Pie? When I was a child, I remember one of my mom’s friends would make it and I would ALWAYS request a huge piece when it was served. That luscious slice of chocolate pie was my all time favorite. I’m not even a little bit surprised that it topped my list of beloved desserts: sugar, eggs, butter, whipping cream, chocolate – the ingredients make it pretty darn delicious. Here’s the reality now: I probably couldn’t eat half of a slice. My palate has changed over the years, what can I say? I LOVE dessert, but I find myself eating smaller portions nowadays.
That brings me to this Tofu French Silk Pie. I got to thinking: is there a way I can recreate my beloved French Silk Pie of my childhood with a revamped version? The answer was yes. I’ve been a long time fan of making Tofu Pumpkin Pie at Thanksgiving and other fall festivities – why not take the same idea and turn it into a chocolate version? So that, my friends, is exactly what I did.
I couldn’t resist putting it into a NILLA Wafer crust to add to my nostalgia! Tell me I’m not the only one who loved those golden, delicious cookies as a kid! I would eat them plain, I would dip them, or even make sandwich cookies with a little frosting sometimes! Creating a pie crust out of the NILLA Wafers for this pie was a no-brainer! All I had to do was drop by my nearest Walmart to grab a box of golden goodness (in the Cookie aisle) and I was ready to get started! You can also earn cash back when you shop by using Ibotta (click the offer above and you can grab those savings!)
To make the crust, you simply pulse NILLA Wafers in the food processor until they are to a fine crumb texture. I added some sugar and melted butter to bind everything, and then pressed the mix into a pie plate. You don’t necessarily have to bake the crust, but this time I chose to for 10 minutes – the process of baking the crust holds the NILLA Wafer crumbs together so it is less crumbly when you cut into it. Although I created my own NILLA Wafer crust, you can make this step even easier by using a premade crust (a NILLA Pie Crust or a HoneyMaid Pie Crust).
Silken tofu is great for making pies like this Tofu French Silk Pie because the texture actually creates that mouse-like feel that you get when using eggs, heavy cream, and butter. I’ve had some people experience a hard time wrapping their brain around putting tofu in a pie. Here’s the thing – the tofu takes on the flavors you put it with. In this case: chocolate! By blending the tofu with chocolate, coffee liqueur (or strong coffee), and a bit of honey you create a velvety chocolate mixture!
Another great aspect of this pie – it’s no-bake! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate a recipe that doesn’t require the oven to be turned on. Even in the spring, it can be pretty toasty here in Florida, so not using the oven is a plus! And, since the final product is a chilled pie, it’s a perfect spring time recipe! Oh wait – but it gets better! Because the pie needs to be chilled for at least two hours before serving, it’s a great option to make ahead of time for your springtime parties or Easter dessert – you could even make it the day before if you desire!
So – what are you waiting for? I think you should be adding the ingredients of this pie to your grocery list soon. If you want some more inspiration with NILLA Wafers, make sure you check out the entire collection!
- 60 NILLA Wafers (approximately ¾ of a box)
- ¼ cup sugar
- ⅓ cup melted butter
- 2 cups chocolate chips (or other chocolate of choice, such as dark chocolate)
- ⅓ cup coffee liqueur (or strong coffee)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 pound silken tofu
- Whipped cream, for serving
- Chocolate curls/shavings, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Pulse the NILLA Wafers in a food processor until they are to a fine crumb consistency. Stir in the sugar and the melted butter to combine.
- Press the NILLA Wafer mixture into the bottom of a pie plate. Press firmly to shape the crumbs evenly around the base and the sides. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to fully cool.
- To make the filling, melt the chocolate with the coffee liqueur (in a microwave safe bowl or in a double boiler on the stove). When melted, stir in the vanilla extract.
- Add the chocolate mixture, the honey, and the silken tofu into a food processor and blend until completely smooth. The texture will have the consistency of pudding.
- Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared pie crust, place in the refrigerator to cool for at least 2 hours.
- When ready to serve, remove from the refrigerator, slice, and plate. Add a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate curls/shavings to garnish. Enjoy!
If you’re on the hunt for even more pies or chocolate desserts, here are a few of my favorites!