Dessert – The Sweetest Slice of the Day

MMMMM…what else can we say about dessert pies? They are the crème de la crème of any meal. Fruity, creamy, rich, sugar overload…you name it. Dessert pies sweeten the day for sure. According to Datassential, “36% of consumers splurge on desserts. Generation Xers are more apt to order desserts compared to other demographic groups.” Could it be that as we get older, desserts win over the taste buds? Given all the crust and filling options that constitute a “pie”, they certainly deliver on everyone’s need for a little indulgence. Try out this recipe to meet that need.

Tropical Rice Pudding Pie

1 large prepared graham or shortbread pie crust
1 box vanilla pudding
3 cups coconut milk – full-fat version
1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
1 cup shredded savory cheese
(like Gouda or cheddar)
2 ½ cups cooked rice
½ cup fresh pineapple – diced
½ cup fresh mango – diced
½ cup fresh dragon fruit – diced
¼ cup toasted coconut
2 tablespoons orange marmalade

1. Heat coconut milk and ginger in small pot, let simmer for five minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally
2. Turn up heat, add in pudding mix to coconut milk. Stirring occasionally, bring mixture to a boil; continue to stir for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat
3. Add pre-cooked rice to pudding mixture; stir well to ensure rice is evenly distributed
4. Place pudding mixture in pie crust. Spread out evenly with spatula. Place into refrigerator for an hour to chill
5. Combine the pineapple, mango and dragon fruit with warmed orange marmalade. Mix well to ensure the marmalade has coated the fruit (Tip: warm marmalade in microwave)
6. Once pie is cooled, spread fruit mixture evenly over the top and serve

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