Monday, August 30, 2010

Leftover-part 2

"Leftovers make you feel good twice. First, when you put it away, you feel thrifty and intelligent: ‘I’m saving food!’ Then a month later when blue hair is growing out of the ham, and you throw it away, you feel really intelligent: ‘I’m saving my life!’"- George Carlin

  
When life gives you leftovers...make a crumb pie! This crumbs for this pie come from my previous DB challenge, as usual, the first attempt at the challenge was a failure. The failure was the sponge sheet cake which I tried to do vegan (the recipe for that vegan cake was adapted from a vegan cupcake recipe found in this book, a tiny book packed with tongue tickling, mouth watering vegan cupcake recipes!).
Anyway the crumbs were divided- one went into the refrigerator and the other is (still) lying in my freezer. The inspiration for this recipe comes from here.

Ingredients

2 cups cake crumbs (mine were chocolate)
5-6 tbsp vanilla custard powder (I buy this from Indian grocery store, you could also buy Bird's custard powder and follow package instructions)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup powdered vanilla sugar
1/2 cup whipped cream cheese
a pinch of salt

Method

Set the crumbs in a 9-inch pie plate, I set it in the refrigerator (did not even bother to turn the oven off for this one!)

For the custard filling
In a small bowl, mix the custard powder, cocoa and salt
Dissolve the custard-cocoa powder mixture in cold milk and set aside
Heat about 2 cups of milk and dissolve the sugar in it.
Add the powder mixture to warm milk and cook for about 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly and avoiding lumps. 
Whip the cooled custard mixture with the cream cheese.
Add the completely cooled mixture to the crumb pie shell and put it in back in the refrigerator. (The only thing here is the custard should not be runny, if it is you can freeze the pie but that, too me, was not great tasting)
Enjoy it with some homemade whipped topping and berries!

Judgement
This pie was heaven and it took me like 10 minutes to prepare everything.  Have scraps, try this pie- the flavor combination is unlimited and am sure you creative daring cooks and bakers would come with some seriously wicked crumb pies!
I am sending this recipe to Scrumptious Delights From Leftovers hosted by Padmajha of Seduce your tastebuds.

PS The book can be found here, I have tried a few recipes and they were all good-Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule!

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