Hello! I’m Jialing and I will be taking over Amcarmen’s Kitchen for today. I will confess that today’s blog was very close to being a two-step tutorial on how to boil a cup of water and make tea – the only semi-regular dietary part of my life that does not involve any animal by-products.
As someone who has clearly only ever eaten vegan food a handful of times (I genuinely thought that the vegan theme was intended as a joke when I first agreed to do a recipe), I found this year’s Auguest theme to be a punishment. I mean challenge. I ended up ransacking my own pantry and refrigerator for inspiration, confirming with Allison and Google about what ingredients could and couldn’t be used by vegans. What seems like day later, I emerged triumphant – pears, wine, cocoa powder, and a questionable bag of chia seeds (waste not, want not…) sat atop my counter, ready for the arduous vegan road ahead.
Now, onto the recipe, poetically inspired by the very essential act of boiling water.
PREP TIME min. 24 HOURS* | COOKING TIME 40 MINS | SERVES 4
*The chocolate chia mousse will need to be prepared the day before to allow chia seeds time to soak
For the chocolate chia mousse
- 1 & 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 4 tbsp 100% pure maple syrup**
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Strawberries for garnish
For the poached pears
- 4 buerre bosc pears, peeled
- 1/2 bottle moscato or other sweet dessert wine***
- 3 tbsp 100% pure maple syrup**
- 3 star anise
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 tsp cloves
- Pinch of nutmeg
**Maple-flavoured syrup isn’t vegan, so be sure to check the label!
***Find your fave vegan wines here http://www.barnivore.com/wine
- Chocolate Chia Mousse: Prepare the chocolate chia mousse the day before, to allow chia seeds time to soak. Combine the cocoa powder, vanilla, and maple syrup, stirring until well mixed.
- Slowly pour in almond milk, stirring until mixture is smooth. Add chia seeds and stir until well-incoporated. Leave in fridge to soak overnight, stirring mixture once in between.
- Once the chia seeds have fully absorbed the liquid, they will increase significantly in size and have a gelatinous texture. Transfer to a blender or food processor and blitz until smooth and creamy. Tip: leave the chia mixture unblended and top with fresh fruit and desiccated coconut as a healthy and envy-worthy breakfast.
- Poached Pears: In a sauce pot large and deep enough to hold pears, combine wine, maple syrup, cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, nutmeg, and just enough water to cover pears.
- Bring the wine and spices to the boil over high heat.
- Add the pears, positioning them so that they are completely submerged, and continue to boil for another 25 minutes, until pears are cooked through and tender. Be sure to turn pears for even cooking, particularly when liquid gets low, keeping in mind that the bottoms of the pears will take longer to cook than the tops.
- Once pears are cooked, remove from the pot, reserving the syrup, and set aside to cool.
- Carefully simmer remaining syrup until reduced to about 1/2 cup.
- To serve, divide mousse into small bowls or stemless glasses and garnish with sliced strawberries. Place a pear on each plate, next to the mousse. Drizzle the pear with syrup. Enjoy!
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ENJOY YOUR MEAL!