Chocolate Speculoos Pie with Almond-Brittle Topping
- 1 box Speculoos or Biscoff cookies
- 4 Tbsp. vegan butter, melted
- 2 tsp. + 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 pinches salt
- 2 cups vegan chocolate chips
- 1 15-oz. pkg. silken tofu, drained
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
- 1/4 tsp. powdered ginger (optional)
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup water
• Seal the cookies inside a plastic Ziploc bag and crush up finely using your hands, a rolling pin, or a canned food item.
• In a medium bowl, combine the crushed cookies, melted butter, 2 teaspoonfuls of the sugar, and 1 pinch of the salt and mix thoroughly.
• Use your hands to press the cookie mixture firmly into a 10-inch pie dish (you may not need to use all of it). Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
• Pour the vegan chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate is melted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside.
• Blend the tofu, maple syrup, 1 tablespoonful of the vanilla, and cinnamon and powdered ginger (if using) in a blender or food processor until smooth. Slowly add in the melted chocolate and blend again.
• Pour the chocolate filling into the pie crust and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
• Spray a piece of wax paper with cooking spray and spread the sliced almonds on in a single, round layer, about the size of the top of your pie.
• Heat the water and the remaining sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Watch carefully and swirl the saucepan occasionally—do not stir—until the sugar melts and the mixture turns golden brown and caramelized, about 7 minutes.
• Remove from the heat and immediately add the remaining salt and vanilla and swirl until combined. BE CAREFUL: The caramel will bubble and could spatter!
• Use a spoon to drizzle the hot caramel over the almonds in thin streaks. Allow to cool for at least 1 hour.
• When ready to serve, remove the almond brittle from the wax paper, place on top of the pie, and gently press into the filling.
Tip: Short on time? Accidentally ate all the cookies? Use a premade “accidentally vegan” pie crust instead and skip the almond-brittle topping.