Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Vegan "Cape-pops", and a vegan pie too...







Almost cake-pops because they look like cake-pops, but they are not made from cake! In fact these are Cape Gooseberries (therefore I am calling them Cape-pops :-)), dipped in dark chocolate. I left some plain, while I rolled the others in shredded coconut, ground pistachio nuts, and plum powder (my new discovery, I talked about it already in here). I let them set first at room temperature and then, because it was a warm day, in the fridge.







I am entering this recipe for Sweet New Zealand #9 (April 2012) hosted by Frances of the Bake Club

But I am not finished yet...


I had melted far too much chocolate for the Cape gooseberries, so I made a pie which, I must say, came out better than I had anticipated. But sometimes new discoveries are born out of chance, or leftovers!

I had a few sheets of filo pastry left, I placed them into a 23 cm pie dish lined with baking paper, leaving the corners to spill out. I peeled and cut four pears and placed the slices over the pastry, then drizzled the lot with Frangelico liqueur. I added the melted dark chocolate and closed the four corners of pastry over the filling. I wetted the top pastry with water and I added the rest of the coconut/pistachio stuff on top too (why waste it!). I baked the pie until the pastry was golden, and then I sprinkled a little icing sugar on top (this was the only sugar needed). I pie was perfect! Bittersweet and with an amazing texture, the chocolate had 'melted' into the pear slices... I will need to work on this and make it again, on purpose, and with more filo pastry, but I wanted to share it with you now because to me this was the perfect Vegan pie!!





Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©

22 comments:

  1. I've never actually seen gooseberries in real life! These pops are so fun.

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    1. They are Cape gooseberries though, not the green gooseberries. But you could use anything really, even seedless grapes (although gooseberries and Cape gooseberries are better because a little tart)

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  2. Carini i popos ma...il dolcetto con la phillo above all!!!
    baci

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  3. Ecco cos'erano!!! No,non avrei mai immaginato,ma li assaggerei volentieri :)
    Comunque è pazzesco sai che qui a milano faccio una fatica incredibile a trovare la pasta fillo?assurdo!

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    1. Qui as Auckland si trova in tutti i supermarket, per fortuna!

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  4. sai che l'uva spina non l'ho mai assaggiata?
    però i tuoi cape-pops me li papperei volentieri, più dei cake!

    e che dire della pie fatta così tanto per finire gli avanzi?

    sei una golosona, ecco cosa sei!

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    1. Non e' uva spina, Cape gooseberries sono gli alchechengi :-). Pero' anche con l'uva spina verrebbero bene :-).
      Ed e' vero, sono una golosona, devo stare attenta!

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  6. Che delizia cara Alessandra, trovo le tue preparazioni sempre molto chic e piacevolmente golose!!!

    hai passato bene la pasqua???

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  7. Fortissimi i "cake pops" anche senza cake! I gooseberries qui sono praticamente introvabili ma sarebbe una bella idea usare l'uva :) E il riciclo di avanzi nella pie mi piace davvero un sacco ^_^ Un bacione

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  8. I'm drooling over your recipe collection

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  9. Hi I’m Heather! Please email me when you get a chance! I have a question about your blog. HeatherVonsj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. What a fantastic idea - I'm hoping to grown cape gooseberries next year as I do love them.

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    1. They are actually very easy to grow, in fact they have taken over my veggie garden.... ops!

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  11. Io gli alchechengi li trovo ogni tanto al super, ma gli altri prodotti tipo pasta fillo e plum powder proprio no . . . a volte vado a frugare tra gli scaffali della Migros in Svizzera dove c'è più assortimento :)

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    1. Qui per esempio faccio fatica a trovare il pistacchio tritato, questo me l'ero portato dall'Italia. L'importante e' usare l'immaginazione, e quello che si ha sotto mano :-).

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  12. questa è una torta delle meraviglie Alessandra, e anche i pops, mi piacciono moltissimo!
    ma la torta merita davvero, intanto epr l'abbinamento che io amo particolarmente, poi perchè ha una spetto splendido e scommetto che in tavola fa anche un figurone!
    complimenti veramente :)

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    1. Torta positiva: fa un figurone, e' buonissima, e troppo facile! L'importante e' trovare la pasta filo :-).

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  13. Love the Cape pops and that pie does sound decident, pear and chocolate is always a good combination

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