Vegan Puddin’ Pie: Use Cornstarch (Not Arrowroot)

So…when it comes to this pie from Isa and Terry’s new Pie book (and probably other pudding pie fillings), don’t sub arrowroot for the cornstarch. I did, and my pie is all droopy. 😦 It’s more like a graham cracker/chocolate pudding pile. Which isn’t so bad. Add some vegan marshmallows and I could call it a s’mores dessert casserole or something. So my dilemma is: Should I bring it to Thanksgiving tomorrow at my aunt’s? I’m leaning towards “no” because a) it’s already missing a slice (or two, if I have another one in a few minutes — yes it’s not even 11 am here) and b) I don’t want my family to think that vegan pudding pie IS just droopy and inferior to non-vegan pudding pie. In this case, it was just my cooking mistake that messed up the pie — subbing in the arrowroot for the cornstarch. But I’m leaning towards bringing it because a) I don’t think I can eat this whole thing by myself, and I can’t give it to the dogs (chocolate) PLUS I just ate another slice, so it can’t be that bad, right? Thoughts?! 🙂

On the bright side, I’m off work today, so I’ll spend the majority of it listening to good music and preparing for tomorrow’s feast. So far on the menu of what I’m making (I’m not hosting it, just bringing whatever I feel like making):

  • Vegan Pumpkin Pie (recipe I’m using can be found in the last blog post)
  • Golden Sweet Potato Biscuits (subbing all-purpose flour in for the flours because that’s what I currently have and replacing the avocado oil with coconut)
  • Brown Rice Pilaf with Cranberries and Slivered Almonds (I’ll use the Spicy Indian Rice with Toasted Almonds from VWAV as inspiration, but I’ll use my new version for cooking brown rice)
  • Mashed Potatoes with Punk Rock Chickpea Gravy (also from VWAV) — I went to a vegan “Lifegiving” potluck last week, so I already got my fake roast (Field Roast to be exact) fix for the year, so I’m just going to get my protein for the meal from the chickpea gravy. I’m much more excited about the side dishes than the “faux turkey” — but if you’re looking for a good seitan roast recipe for tomorrow, Isa just posted one that will rock your socks off, I’m sure.
  • …having said that, the Seitan Roast recipe sure does look good. I might give it a go but stuff it with something else, because I’m not a fan of mushrooms (I know, a vegan who doesn’t like mushrooms, gah). If I do try it out, I’ll surely post my results. 🙂
  • Something green. I’m thinking a kale salad with Dreena’s Hummus Salad Dressing.

My goal on Thanksgiving with my very non-vegan family is to WOW them with my vegan cooking. What’s on your Thanksgiving menu?

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3 responses to “Vegan Puddin’ Pie: Use Cornstarch (Not Arrowroot)

  1. Wow, you are bringing along a feast. I’d bring the pie, if any is left. 🙂
    I’m totally sick and am not going to make anything except gluten-free chickpea cutlets with the fella so we can eat those along with whatever his mom makes vegan. We did Thanksgiving at our house last year and I did it up right, but this year I’ll just let everyone else take care of things.

    I think you’re family will definitely be wowed. 🙂

    -Sara-

  2. Sick on Thanksgiving? 😦 I hope you are feeling better. I’d love to see the recipe you use for the gluten-free chickpea cutlets if you decide to post it. I’ve been on the fence about giving up gluten — right now I’m (obviously, based on the recipes I’ve been posting) not. I brought too much food, actually! I have tons of leftovers, but now I’ll just have dinner for a week. 🙂

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