August 13, 2015
When you first find out you need to eat a gluten free diet you immediately develop pie in the sky hopes about foods you would still like to eat. For me that list was pie, ravioli, baklava, and basically any crusty loaf of bread. When my Mom and I are developing gluten free recipes that is the exact sentiment we strive for: delicious enough that it reminds you of the days b.g.f. (before gluten free)
We both love to garner inspiration for recipe development from the seasons, and summer is no exception. This recipe features coconut in a fresh new way: a macaroon press-in style crust. When combined with a chocolate filling I can’t help but be swept away to the tropics. But then again I have always had an overactive imagination.
This summer I have been doing quite a bit of prop sourcing, i.e. combing through antique shops everywhere for items to use in my food photography. This might be anything from a rusty 200 year old biscuit tin to a coffee grinder from a Parisian flea market. A few of my best finds are featured in the below photograph.
Gluten Free Chocolate Coconut Pie
Disclaimer: We always give credit where credit is due. This pie filling is the creation of my wonderful Grandmother. The gluten free coconut macaroon pie crust is our invention.
Coconut macaroon pie crust (recipe below)
4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
1 ½ cup sugar
1 cup salted butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
Melt chocolate and set aside to cool slightly. Combine butter and sugar in mixer and beat until fluffy. Gradually beat in melted chocolate and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on medium-high for 5 minutes after each egg.
Pour into cooled, baked pie crust. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
Coconut Macaroon Pie Crust
8 ounces coconut macaroons (about 2 cups crumbs)
1/3 cup melted butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
Pulse macaroons in food processor until thoroughly crumbled. Mix in cinnamon and melted butter and press firmly into 9-inch pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 7-10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool before filling.