Wednesday, October 12, 2011

VeganMoFo V: Easy as 3.14159265...

Words cannot express how much the combination of MoFo and school are kicking my butt right now.  I have two exams this week and turned in a major paper Monday.  I'm living on 4-5 hours a night, and it's making me crazy.  The first time I went to college, I did the same thing for finals.  I ended up driving into my best friend's parked car because, in my delirium, I thought my foot was on the brake.

All of that is really just a build up for no Bobby Flay today.  However, I was looking through my food porn, and forgot about all the awesome things I tested for Vegan Pie in the Sky!  Yay!  I seriously heart Isa and Terry.  They are, indeed, the best.  I got to meet them in person at VVC and they were cooler than cool.  Enough glowing...onto PIE!

sweet potato brazil nut
I ended up testing 24 recipes.  It was the sweetest, most delicious testing experience yet.  The vegan dream team completely changed my perspective on so many things.  I'll list my top ten testers, counting down to my favorite.

old fashioned chocolate pudding pie
10. Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Pie-This pie is so chocolatey and delicious that everybody will be easily fooled into thinking it takes a lot of effort.  So easy!
9. Cosmos Apple Pie-I mostly think of apple pies as boring, but this pie is ridiculously good!  It's just piled high with appley goodness...then topped with this cinnamon sugar concoction.  Mmmm.
8. Blueberry Ginger Handpies-Are you kidding me?!  If I hear ginger, I'm totally there.  These things have the added bonus of oozing with blueberry perfection.

cosmos applie pie
7. Rad Whip-I admit that I am so super dense.  I couldn't figure out for the life of me why it was called that.  Isa and her friggin puns!  Haha.  When it finally dawned on me, I felt so silly.  Alls you needs to know about this is that it's amazing!  Two chillings and a whip have legitimate whipped cream topping that doesn't just melt away at room temperature.
6. Maple Pecan Pie-Whaaaat?!  Yes.  The Texan in me was so super happy when I made this.  First vegan pecan pie that solidified and had the essence of what a pecan pie is to me.  So yum!
5. Banoffee Pie-Bananas, toffee, chocolate shavings.  I didn't expect to love this pie as much as I did.  I bit into it and actually swooned.  Delicious!

banoffee pie
coconut cream pie, lime variation
4. Pear-Cranberry Gallette-Something about the combo of the buckwheat and the pears just really felt comforting to me.  I seriously loved this pie.  I had never tried buckwheat flour before and absolutely loved the earthiness!
3. Banana Cookie Cream Pudding-Just when I thought nanner pudding couldn't get any better, Isa and Terry invented this.  It is amazing!  I took it to a family reunion, and it was devoured.
2. Sweet Potato Brazil Nut Pie-I don't even like sweet potato pie.  In fact, I told Terry that I loathed it when she posted the recipe.  Something about the island infusion just made me think I'd love this.  And I do!!!  It completely changed my perspective on sweet potatoe pies.  This is fighting for a spot at my Thanksgiving table this year!

chocolate caramel tart w/ fleur de sel
1. Lemon Mousse Pies-I am highly outspoken of my love for lemon meringue pie.  This is pretty much like that but flipped with the light and airy part on bottom.  Plus, there's a gingersnap crust!  I LOVE THIS THING!  Best lemon pie ever!

lemon mousse pie
Tomorrow is the last day of my school week (and the short class day) so I will definitely bring you that Bobby Flay lovin'.  Hopefully, I'll even be able to comment on blogs again.  Woo!


Tiffany said...

Wow. I will gladly take a piece of any (all??) of those pies. :)

Sarah said...

Do you need my address to send me pie? Cause I will give it to you - that all looks amazing!! :)

VeganLisa said...

I hope all the exams go well and that you get to catch up on some sleep this weekend. Those pies all sound amazing, not that I'm surprised - Terry and Isa are magical culinary geniuses.

I think I need to bring that book home to my house :)

Anonymous said...

I can't believe all the beautiful pie porn, it is torture!!

I'm worried about you Mo I hope you try and take care of yourself you don't want to end up pulling a Jessy Spano! Try and catch some zzzs.

Anonymous said...

Way to twist my arm and make me buy this already. Everything looks awesome.

GiGi said...

I know I totally relate to the the lack of zzzzz right now. Am I dreaming about these culinary master pie-ces? Great to see what you and the dyanmic duo "rad whipped" up. Sweet dreams.

omgoshimvegan said...

Wow these look amazing. I can't wait to get the new cookbook. Love the chocolate caramel tart with fleur de sel.

k said...

I couldn't imagine tackling school and mofo simultaneously. I admire you so much more now! Best of luck on your exams. I need to order that book already!

Kittee Bee Berns said...

Flipping the lemon top of your favorite pie, well that was straight up genius. I can't wait for this book!


Mandee said...

I hope you can get some more sleep Mo, it sounds like you are working super hard.

All of your pies look great but I really, really want a slice of the maple pecan.

Anonymous said...

Wow, all of those pies look amazing! I can't decide which one I'd want to try first. I imagine you will be a very popular woman on Thanksgiving!

Bethany said...

I love the Top 10 list! I will find your reviews extremely helpful when I buy the book and decide which recipe to make first - thanks Mo!

jessy said...

so ferk'n awesome, Mo! hooooray for being a tester for Isa 'n Terry and hooooray for pies! everything looks amazing!

i hear ya on work 'n school kicking your butt - and you 'n me both on 4-5 hours of sleep a night. i'm in school for massage therapy + full time work and it's tough stuff. i can only imagine it's gotta be banoodles for you, too! hang in there, my friend! i hope it gets easier soon and you get some time to relax and not be all stressed out!

Anonymous said...

Everything looks beautiful! For some reason I've never been a huge fan of pie before, but I have a feeling this book might change that.

Sophia said...

OMG! Every single one of those pie's made me drool a little. I'm not much of a pie person, but these pies might just change that.
Yumm! Lucky you for getting to test these recipes!

-Sophia said...

Oh hell yes, those pies look ridiculous! Lemon meringue pie was my absolute favourite pie ever too so I can't wait to make the lemon mousse pie. The chocolate caramel tart looks amazing too and the apple pie. I really want pie now Mo!!

Ty (aka Meccabell) said...

I think I shed a tear. . . so beautiful.