Thursday, March 14, 2024

Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Pie from The Pie Hole | Pi Day 2024

Pi Day (3.14) is a celebration near and dear to our hearts and stomachs! My husband and I have a long-standing tradition of marking this mathematical marvel with a delicious slice of pie. Last year, we revelled in a juicy peach pie; the year before, we opted for a savoury pizza (because, hey, pie comes in all shapes and sizes, right?), and the memories keep stacking up.

This year, we decided to commemorate Pi Day with a visit to The Pie Hole in Kitsilano. Little did we know, it was their last day at this location before their big move to West Broadway and Balaclava Street! Talk about perfect timing (or a touch of destiny). We eagerly stepped inside, ready to choose our Pi Day pie.

Unfortunately, the post-work rush left them with a single sweet pie option—the Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Pie. Intrigued by the unique combination, we decided to take a chance. Let's just say it was a risk that paid off in the most delectable way!

The pie boasted a pressed crust with a surprising blend of hazelnuts, coconut, and oats. The coconut flavour was surprisingly prominent, even though it wasn't visually apparent. This unique crust offered a delightful textural contrast – a satisfying crumble giving way to a hint of chewiness.

Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Pie (GF) from The Pie Hole
A pressed crust of hazelnuts, coconut, and oats (GF) and a creamy chocolate filling topped with vegan whip and toasted coconut ribbons.

But the real star of the show was the creamy chocolate filling. Imagine a smooth, rich, decadent concoction that melted in your mouth with every bite. A dollop of vegan whip added a touch of lightness, while toasted coconut ribbons provided a delightful textural surprise and a subtle sweetness that perfectly complemented the chocolate. Each spoonful was a symphony, an ode to deliciousness and a tribute to Pi Day.

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