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Icing Tart and Cream Cheeze Woes

Last week, my mom made chocolate cream cheeze frosting for chocolate cupcakes for my super-sweet sixteen (graduation) party, and the frosting never set.  She used blue-label Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese, which contains partially hydrogenated oils, tastes chalky, and weeps in the fridge.  
icing tart vegan gluten-free | Gothic Granola

It is, however, what ShopRite sells, and so it’s what we use for cream cheeze in Casa Miceli.  When I’ve used it for frosting, I drain it first.  Ownie Mom did not drain it of the excess water, and the resultant frosting didn’t quite set (even after a week in the fridge).  She saved it for pie, and I “upcycled” it today.
Piecrust for a tart with leftover frosting
1 cup dates, soaked and drained
1 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup corn flour (or cornmeal for crunchy crust, but they’re not the same thing)
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
about 2 1/2 cups runny chocolate cream cheeze frosting
9 chocolate lattices or 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
icing tart vegan gluten-free | Gothic Granola
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease a 14” tart pan (or a 9” pie plate if you want a deep pie).
In a food processor, process the bejeebees out of the dates, flours, almond meal, xanthan gum, and salt until they begin to cohere and form a mass.  Press into the bottom of the tart pan and up the sides.  Bake for 10 minutes.  It will crack, like people as they age.  It’s OK. 
icing tart vegan gluten-free | Gothic Granola
Remove crust from the oven and place on a rack (careful if you’re using a removable-bottom tart pan).  Immediate fill with the frosting.  Top with chocolate bits.  Let the crust cool for about 20 minutes then refrigerate until ready to serve, about 4 hours or overnight.
icing tart vegan gluten-free | Gothic Granola
icing tart vegan gluten-free | Gothic Granola
Serve in wide wedges with fresh berries and mint leaves.  An 8-dollar dessert, yes indeedy!
icing tart vegan gluten-free | Gothic Granola
Anthropomorphic toast!  I saw kawaii toast jewelry on various “cute stuff” websites, so I made my own.
polymer clay toasties vegan gluten-free | Gothic Granola

One last note: my parents made popcorn on the grill today.  Look it up.  It’s a fun way to make an appetizer.

icing tart vegan gluten-free | Gothic Granola icing tart vegan gluten-free | Gothic Granola

I’ll be giving a talk on vegan, gluten-free desserts called “Desserts for the Often-Deserted” at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System at 14:00 on Wednesday, 13 June.  There will be refreshments (aka: samples).

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