Chocolate Passion Fruit Pie

1 07 2008

We got this great recipe from Terry this week! Thanks!

The recipe is from I wanted to make it first before recommending it and I’m happy to say that it was a hit with my family….even the little ones loved it! Here is the recipe and I’ve added some comments of my own at the end.

1 oz. semi sweet chocolate
1/4 c. light cream
1 (9 inch) baked pie crust
4 tbsp. (1/4 c.) sugar
2 egg yolks
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 1/4 c. milk
1 c. passion fruit puree
1 pkt. unflavored gelatin
3 tbsp. warm water
1 oz. semi sweet chocolate, for the garnish

Gently melt 1 ounce chocolate in microwave; add cream. When mixture is smooth, pour into baked pie shell and swirl to cover bottom. Refrigerate to harden chocolate. In a saucepan, beat the sugar and egg yolks together until light in color. Add the cornstarch and continue to beat. In a second pan or microwave, warm the milk to tepid. Add to the egg mixture and heat, stirring constantly. The mixture will become lumpy, then smooth. The cornstarch prevents the mixture from curdling; it will become smooth as you beat. Heat for several minutes to cook the starch. Take off the heat and add the passion fruit puree. Put the gelatin and water in a small pan and stir over low heat to soften and dissolve. Stir dissolved gelatin into the milk mixture. Let cool and begin to set slightly. Pour mixture into pie shell. Refrigerate to set. Coarsely chop remaining ounce of chocolate into chip size pieces and sprinkle on the pie.

MY NOTES: I measured about 1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips since I wasn’t certain how much 1 oz. would be and it worked out great. Also, I accidently bought the “deep dish” 9 inch pie crust in the frozen section and you will find that you don’t have enough ingredients to fill it….still tasted great anyway! I also substituted “half-n-half” for the “light cream” since that wasn’t available at the commissary. The pie was really yummy and even my kids liked it. Enjoy!! 🙂

As we were doing research about passionfruit, came up with this interesting link about the benefits of passionfruit to asthma.

Passionfruit & Asthma

1 07 2008

In researching about passionfruit (how to eat, etc) I stumbled on this interesting information. So fun to know that our foods “know” how to heal us!! Click on the title below:

Passionfruit, Astma cure

As for nutritional info, passionfruit is a great source of Vitamin C and fiber. One passionfruit has 60% of RDA for Vitamin C and 48% of RDA for fiber (if you eat the seeds). And only 16 calories. Good stuff.

Passionfruit Recipes

21 05 2008

(I’ve heard that you can tell the passionfruit is ripe when it becomes dimpled on the outside. However, I spoke with one of you today and you have already eaten yours (un-dimpled) and said it was very tasty — soooo??)

How to Eat Passion Fruit:

Cut in half (over bowl to catch the juice), scrape out the pulp with a spoon. Seeds are edible, but if you want to remove them, run the juice & pulp through a sieve.

There are many fancy dessert recipes that call for passion fruit juice, but here are some easy uses:

  • Spoon over vanilla ice cream or yoghurt
  • Add to a smootie with frozen fruit (organic blueberries, raspberries & strawberries are available at the commissary)
  • Make a special salad dressing:
    • 1/2 c. passion fruit juice
    • 1/8 c. oil
    • 1/8 c. apple cider vinegar
    • 1 T. honey
    • salt & pepper to taste

What did you do with yours???