Gluten Free Mexican Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Gluten Free Mexican Chocolate Pumpkin PieWe had a small sugar pie pumpkin that was given to us around the middle of November (2015), and I just got around to roasting it. We took too long to get to it, but the pumpkin flesh was still good. After roasting it, we were able to get 30 ounce of puree, which is equal to two 15 ounce store bought cans. collage of Roasted PumpkinWe needed to see how good the puree would taste, so it could be used to make either some pies, pumpkin bread or cookies, and even a pumpkin cheesecake. After roasting and pureeing the pumpkin, we wanted to taste the flavor of the flesh, so we mixed some with real maple syrup and some pecan pieces, and wow it was very tasty.

fresh pumpkin puree with real maple syrup and pecan pieces

Better Homes and Garden Novemeber 2015 issueThe pumpkin pie recipe we decided to make with 15 ounce of the puree was adapted from Better Homes and Gardens November 2015 issue.

gluten free pie shell packagingWe did change the recipe a bit, as we used a gluten free pie shell.

What makes this pumpkin pie a Mexican chocolate pie is the use of Cayenne and smoked paprika.

No need to worry as it is not spicy.

Here is what you will need to prepare your own: Gluten Free Mexican Chocolate Pumpkin Pie.

3 ounces dark chocolate (original recipe calls for 1 3.1 ounce disc of Mexican chocolate)

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup coconut sugar (original recipe calls for 3/4 cup packed brown sugar)

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika ( original recipe called for milk chili powder)

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree (we used our fresh roasted pumpkin puree)

4 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup half and half or light cream

Chocolate Ganache (recipe follows)

Bake pie crust according to packaged instructions.

For pie: Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a small sauce pan heat chocolate and butter over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, just until melted, then set aside to cool.

pumpkin pie mixIn a large bowl combine coconut sugar, pie spice, salt, and chili powders. Stir in pumpkin puree and eggs until combined. Next gradually stir in half and half until combined.

stirring in pumpkin pie mix with melted chocolateStir 1 1/2 cups of the pumpkin mixture into the cooled chocolate mixture, then pour into pie crust.

second layer of Gluten Free Mexican Chocolate Pumpkin PieNext pour remaining pumpkin mixture over chocolate layer.

Bake for 60 minutes or until center appears set. Cool pie, then chill within 2 hours.

Chocolate Ganache

simmered cream cinamon and shaved dark chocolateIn a small bowl add 3 ounces of shaved dark chocolate and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. In a small sauce pot bring 1/4 cup cream to a simmer, and pour over shaved chocolate. Let stand 5 minutes, then stir until smooth.

Gluten Free Mexican Chocolate Pumpkin PieSpoon Chocolate Ganache over pie, then add shaved dark chocolate and some powdered chili.

Slice Of  Gluten Free Mexican Chocolate Pumpkin PieServe a piece of Gluten Free Mexican Chocolate Pumpkin Pie, and enjoy!!

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Golden Beets Fennel and Green Apple Slaw

Golden Beets Fennel and Green Apple Slaw

screen shotWe have a screen shot of a web search about beets. Notice the color of the beets? They are pictures of red beets only.  But beets come in other colors, like purple, orange-yellow (golden beets), yellow, and white varities.

The website The World’s Healthiest Foods state that about 15% of all U.S. adults experience beeturia or a reddening of the urine after eating beets.

They note that this reddening of the urine is not considered harmful, but may be a possible indicator of the need for a visit to the doctor, as this reddening of the urine can be an indicator of iron deficiency, iron excess, or specific problems with iron metabolism (WHFoods).

photo of different types of beets sold at the Whole Foods Market

Different Colors Of Beets At The Whole Foods Market

As we noted at the on start of the article there are different varieties of beets, that range in different colors. Each beet variety with its color provides different benefits from other bets of a different color.

Beets contain betaine, the same substance that is used in certain treatments of depression. It also contains trytophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being, similar to that of dark chocolate.

Golden beets are a good source of potassium and calcium. They also contain vitamin-C which helps prevent fatty build-up and cirrhosis of the liver, among other things.

The crimson-red color of the red beet is due to betalain pigments, such as betanin and betacyanin. Yellow beets are rich in ß-xanthin pigment.

The Chiogga beet (as seen in the photo here to the left – bottom left side) or candy cane variety has alternative red and white concentric whorls on the inside of the beet.

Now for our featured recipe, using golden beets, and here is what you will need.

citrus vinaigrette for Golden Beets Fennel and Green Apple SlawGolden Beets Fennel and Green Apple Slaw

Dressing

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2-3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon raw honey
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper corns

Mix all ingredients above in a small mason jar, cover with lid and shake until combined, set aside.

Salad

1 medium golden beet, shredded

1/2 fennel bulb, chopped

1 medium granny smith apple, skin on, shredded (after shredding – squeeze juice from apple shreds)

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

shredded golden beet, fennel, and green appleIn a medium mixing bowl add dressing. Next add prepared vegetables and cilantro. Mix until well coated. Spoon sald into a serving bowl and garnish with cilantro (optional).

Bowl of Golden Beets Fennel and Green Apple SlawPlate and serve by itself, or with your favorite meat dish.

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Excite Your Palate with Spice Roasted Vegetables

Excite Your Palate with Spice Roasted Vegetables

Spicing up vegetables is a sure way to add flavor and taste, even for those who are picky about eating them. Roasting the vegetables with spices caramelizes the seasoning while sealing in the flavor.

The spice enzymes and chemicals will be absorbed into the vegetable during roasting. Finding the right spice and roasting style will make everyone want seconds.

To evenly coat the vegetables with a dry spice mix is best to mix in a little olive oil or if you wish to use a neutral flavored oil avocado oil could be used. The best way to do this is add the oil and spices to the bottle of the mixing bowl first, then add the vegetables and mix.

Here are some ideas of what vegetables and spices to roast together.

Moroccan Style Spice Rub

This spice mix will give vegetables a Moroccan blast of flavor. This warm to the palate spice mix pairs especially well with sweeter or starchy vegetables such as butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes and sweet potatoes.

2 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. ground coriander

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. sweet paprika, preferably Hungarian

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground allspice

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1/8 tsp. cayenne

A pinch of ground clove

In a small mason jar, mix all 10 spices.

To a large bowl add 1 teaspoon of the spice mix and 1 or 2 tablespoons of olive oil, add diced or chopped vegetables, and mix well.

Rosemary Thyme Lemon Oil

Mix this infused oil with your vegetables before roasting to give them extra flavor. It’s a delectable complement to roasted beet, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots and cauliflower.

Zest of 1 large lemon, removed in long strips with a vegetable peeler

2 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil; more as needed

1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary

1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme

Over medium-low heat in a small saucepan, combine the lemon zest and oil. Cook until the lemon zest bubbles steadily for about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and let cool, about 3 minutes. Stir in the herbs and let sit 20 minutes more before using. This allows for flavors to infuse.

Chop or dice the vegetables, add Rosemary Thyme Lemon Oil to large bowl, add vegetables and mix to coat well.

Ginger Lemon Soy Infusion

Give roasted vegetables an Asian flavor by mixing them up with this savory infusion. Try roasting it with: broccoli, beets, carrots and cauliflower.

1-inch piece fresh ginger

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

½ tsp. soy sauce

Set a small fine strainer in a small bowl. Peel and finely grate the ginger. Put the grated ginger in the strainer and extract the ginger juice by pressing the ginger in the sieve with the back of a small spoon.

Transfer ½ teaspoon of ginger juice to another small bowl and discard the rest or save for another use. Stir in the lemon juice and soy sauce. Toss with a batch of vegetables after roasting.

With this spice mix so the flavor is not robbed by the strong flavor of olive oil, roast your vegetables with avocado oil, which has a neutral flavor.

Garlic and Coriander Oil

This tasteful, spiced oil is made to be tossed with roasted vegetables as soon as they come out of the oven. It tosses well with: roasted asparagus, roasted beets, broccoli, cauliflower or green beans.

Have this infused flavored oil ready as soon as the roasted vegetables are out of the oven.

1-1/2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tbsp. finely chopped garlic (2 large cloves)

2 tsp. ground coriander

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper

Set a small saucepan over medium-low heat, with combined olive oil and garlic. Cook until the smaller pieces of garlic turn light golden-brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in the coriander and cook for about 20 seconds. Immediately remove from the heat and transfer to a small heatproof bowl to prevent overcooking. Keep warm.

Sprinkle the roasted vegetables with the lemon juice, season to taste with salt and pepper, and arrange on a serving platter. Spoon the toasted garlic oil over the vegetables.

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