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Chocolate Cashew Pie for Fairtrade Fortnight

Dessert | 25th February 2015 | By

 Growing and harvesting cocoa beans to provide the chocolate we all love so much can be a very hard life and is often very badly paid to boot. For this reason I do my best to buy fairly traded chocolate whenever I can. Fairly traded chocolate gives a fair price for the cocoa bean to help farmers pull themselves out of poverty and live a decent life. One of the main proponents of this is the Fairtrade Foundation who have been actively campaigning to improve peoples lives in the developing world for twenty years now.

Cocoa is, of course, not the only product that is open to abuse: thankfully Fairtrade wine, cotton, coffee, bananas, flowers and gold are now available, with additional products coming on to the market each year. This week marked the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight and the focus this year is on tea, cocoa and sugar. Do have a look at the site where you can watch a short film, Fairtrade Matters, showing how Fairtrade has changed two lives in particular. There are also a number of offers and prizes available.

Choose products that save lives. 

Fairtrade ChocolateI was sent a bundle of Fairtrade chocolate goodies to use in a recipe. Milk chocolate hearts and white chocolate and strawberry hearts from Divine were a welcome novelty. I have written many times about this company which is part owned by the growers themselves. Head to my post Divine intervention for more details. I go through a lot of Green and Black’s cocoa, which is not only Fairtrade and has been for many years, but is also organic, so I was pleased to see a tub of it in the parcel. A tub of cadbury’s drinking chocolate reminded me of school. This too became Fairtrade in 2009 and tripled the sales of Fairtrade cocoa overnight. Lastly, there was a bar of Seriously, a new Fairtrade range from Waitrose. The cocoa for these bars comes from co-operative farmer groups in the Dominican Republic.

So, what to make? Well a chocolate pie of course. Following hot on the heels of my cashew brownies, I couldn’t resist reaching for the cashew nut butter again. I managed to use all of the products sent, other than the white chocolate strawberry hearts and gave myself a congratulatory pat on the back as I savoured a slice of what is, a most divine pie.

I’m sending this delicious Fairtrade Pie off to Emily at A Mummy Too for #RecipeOfTheWeek

I’m also sending it to Lucy at SuperGolden Bakes for #CookBlogShare.

  

Chocolate Cashew Pie
Yields 8
A rich decadent three layered chocolate pie for a special occasion. A biscuit crust, filled with dark chocolate ganache and topped off with a creamy confection of cashew nut butter, cream cheese and whipped cream.
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 40 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 40 min
Ingredients
  1. 200g digestive biscuits
  2. 80g unsalted butter
  3. 6 heaped teaspoons drinking chocolate powder
  4. 300ml double cream)
  5. 60g dark chocolate - chopped (I used Waitrose's Fairtrade Seriously Rich 65%)
  6. 90g cream cheese
  7. 60g icing sugar
  8. 2 rounded tbsp cashew nut butter
  9. a little cocoa powder (or drinking chocolate powder) for dusting
Instructions
  1. Crush the biscuits to a fine crumb (I did this with the end of a rolling pin in the bowl) and stir in the drinking chocolate powder.
  2. Melt the butter and mix into the biscuits.
  3. Press the mixture into the base and sides of a 20cm flan or pie dish with the back of a spoon, then leave to set in the fridge for half an hour or so.
  4. Bring 120ml of cream up to a near boil in a pan. Add the chocolate and leave to melt for a couple of minutes.
  5. Stir until just combined, then pour onto the biscuit base. Level and leave to set in the fridge for an hour or so, or until the ganache has set.
  6. Whip the cream to soft peak stage.
  7. Beat the cream cheese, icing sugar and nut butter together until just combined, then fold in the cream a third at a time until just combined.
  8. Spoon onto the chocolate ganache and level. Dust with a little cocoa powder and serve.
Tin and Thyme https://tinandthyme.uk/

32 Comments

  1. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    25th February 2015 at 1:35 pm

    This sounds absolutely divine (geddit? 😉 ) – love the idea of adding the cashew nut butter!

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    • Choclette Blogger

      25th February 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Very good Becca. I’m adding cashew nut butter to everything at the moment.

      Reply
  2. Mellissa Williams

    25th February 2015 at 2:05 pm

    I didn’t know you could get cashew nut butter. I buy fair trade products, I think they look are great for producers as they are paid fair wage. I bet this is delicious!

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    • Choclette Blogger

      25th February 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks Melissa. These days, I think you can get pretty much any kind of nut butter, although I don’t think I’ve seen Brazil nut butter yet. It’s good to hear you are on board with fair trade.

      Reply
  3. Brogan

    25th February 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Wow this looks brilliant! x

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  4. Susan Lindquist

    25th February 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Holy Smokes! What a beauty! Love the way you’ve presented it too! Kudos!

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  5. Charlene F

    25th February 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Another fabulous chocolate bake from you, would soooo love a slice now 🙂 x

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    • Choclette Blogger

      25th February 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Ooh I can highly recommend it Charlene – I’v just had a slice now 😉

      Reply
  6. Janine

    25th February 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Sounds delicious! Must try the cashew nut butter.

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  7. Phil in the Kitchen

    25th February 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Wow, that’s quite something. Decadent – yes. Special – very much so. Delicious.

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  8. Johanna GGG

    25th February 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Great post about fairtrade – thanks for all the information – and your pie looks divine (ha ha) – the cream cheese filling looks like it firmed up beautifully in the pictures of it sliced – I think I would call this a cheesecake – though upon looking closely at the recipe perhaps there is so much more cream than cream cheese that it is lighter!

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    • Choclette Blogger

      27th February 2015 at 7:05 am

      Thanks Johanna. I hadn’t thought about it as a cheesecake, but it could easily become one by changing the quantities.

      Reply
  9. The Yogi Vegetarian

    26th February 2015 at 7:47 am

    Great! We are also really into promoting fair trade- didiyou read our fairtrade brownies recipe we posted on Tuesday? 🙂

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    • Choclette Blogger

      27th February 2015 at 7:08 am

      That’s good to hear, fair-trade is important. I’ll try and pop over to see your brownies.

      Reply
  10. Alison

    26th February 2015 at 9:17 am

    That looks gorgeous, I love the little chocolate hearts on top. I never knew you could get cashew nut butter. Will have to look out for that.

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  11. Karen S Booth

    26th February 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Another chocolate stunner from you Choclette and I adore the combination of nuts and chocolate, it’s a match made in heaven!

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    • Choclette Blogger

      27th February 2015 at 7:11 am

      Thanks Karen, hard to go wrong with nuts chocolate AND cream 😉

      Reply
  12. Bintu Hardy

    26th February 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I am a fan of nut butters so like the sound of this pie.

    Reply
  13. Janice Pattie

    26th February 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Lovely looking pie and such a good way to buy your chocolate.

    Reply
  14. Caroline Taylor

    27th February 2015 at 11:33 am

    This sounds lovely, it’s amazing how many Fairtrade products are available out there. Would love a slice of this with a nice cup of tea.

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    • Choclette Blogger

      27th February 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks Caroline. It’s great to see the product range increasing.

      Reply
  15. belleau kitchen

    28th February 2015 at 9:57 am

    fab post about Fairtrade and a fabulous pie too… i’m loving this cashew nut butter of yours. I have to make it!

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    • Choclette Blogger

      28th February 2015 at 10:41 am

      Haha, me too Dom, I’m using it in everything at the moment – as you can probably tell.

      Reply
  16. Lucy Parissi

    3rd March 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Delicious! Love love love the cashew butter idea combined with chocolate. Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

    Reply

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