Monday, July 25, 2011

Lemon Pie and 1 year blog anniversary

My husband has been asking me for a vegan Lemon Meringue pie. I was searching the net for recipes but most recipes that I found were soy milk based and I didn't think that the soy milk would make the filling very creamy and thick. Last year I made a Key Lime pie with soy milk and cornstarch, but the filling was very soft, runny and not thick and creamy enough.
Few days ago I saw a Coconut Lemon Pie recipe on the Exploits of a Vegan Wannabe Facebook page. The recipe was made using coconut milk instead of soy milk. Last week I made my very first vegan strawberry ice cream with boiled coconut milk and cornstarch. I loved how creamy and thick the high fat coconut milk was so I figured that this pie filling would be thick and creamy as well. I decided to try it and tweak the recipe a bit so it was more lemony with minimum coconut flavor. Kind of like a Lemon Meringue pie, except without the pretty Meringue topping that is made with baked whipped egg whites......... I might try making a vegan version of the topping one day though.
By the way, I noticed that few days ago it was my 1 year blogging anniversary :-) Thank you everyone for reading my blog and thank you for all your support!

This recipe was adapted from Sherry at Exploits of a Vegan Wannabe blog

Lemon Pie

1 9-inch graham cracker pie crust (ready to eat) or homemade pie crust (fully baked)

1 14-oz canned coconut milk (high fat version) plus 1/2 can water

1/2 cup cornstarch

3/4 cup sugar

zest of 2 lemons

juice of 1 lemon

3 tsp lemon extract

In a medium sauce pan bring the coconut milk to a boil. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk together cornstarch and a 1/2 can of very cold water, using a fork or a small whisk. Make sure that there are no cornstarch lumps left in the water. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the boiling coconut milk, whisking constantly. Lower the heat to medium-low, add the remaining ingredients and whisk constantly until the filling thickens, about 10 minutes.

Pour the filling into the pie crust, cool for about 10 minutes and then refrigerate for several hours, or overnight.

This Lemon Pie is so good! The texture is beautiful, thick, creamy but not too heavy. The taste is tangy, lemony and so rich. My husband and I loved it, I will be making it again soon. I might try a strawberry version or a Key Lime pie.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Giveaway Winner!

Thank you everyone who entered my giveaway.
I picked a winning number using And the winner is...........Number 6.
And a comment number 6 was Noelle. Congratulations, I hope you will enjoy your goodies! Please, email me your address at czech.vegan (at)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Recipe contest-please vote for me :-)

My dear readers,

I entered my Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad recipe to a Summertime Grilling contest as a side dish. I would like to ask you if you would be so kind and vote for my recipe. I would love to win this contest! I would love for a vegan recipe to win-it is not exclusively a vegan contest, but I entered a vegan recipe :-) It is a Facebook contest so if you have a Facebook account you can easily vote for my recipe by liking it on the contest wall. Here is the link. The contest ends July 31st. Thank you very much!