Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Gone Pie Galentine's Treat

This year was the first I'd heard of Galentine's Day, but I like it; it's got spirit.  And in that spirit, I was invited to a Galentine's Day party, wished a happy Galentine's Day, and received a Valentine's Day gift that I independently dubbed a Galentine's Day gift from an extremely swell gal.  Let me present to you the new, gluten-free, chocolate, almond tart- courtesy of Gone Pie Vegan Bakery.

The tart was part of Gone Pie's treat of the month club and, truth be told, I'd been eying it and hoping that a friend would have been able to pick one up for me from the Vegan Shop-Up, if available...it wasn't.

So, I'm extra-especially glad I got my hands on it!  Filled with Gone Pie's standard, impeccable ingredients; I'm not surprised it's another masterpiece.

It's topped with a decadent layer of chocolate- kind of like an upscale magic shell: "organic, gluten-free, vegan, fairtrade, semi-sweet chocolate (evaporated cane juice, chocolate liquor, non-dairy cocoa butter); organic cocoa butter; organic blanched almonds."

My initial intention was to cut it "for photographic purposes only."

The center filling of the tart is dense and chocolatey with a kiss of almond: "organic almond paste (almonds, sugar, rice syrup, salt); organic, gluten-free, vegan, fairtrade, semi-sweet chocolate (evaporated cane juice, chocolate liquor, non-dairy cocoa butter); organic almond milk; sorghum flour; organic vegan fairtrade sugar; tapioca flour; organic coconut oil; organic vanilla; organic flax seeds; non-aluminated baking powder; sea salt."

I quickly abandoned that idea and got myself a fork.

The crust is just nutty deliciousness reminiscent of the one I love in Gone Pie's pecan pie: "gluten-free oats, gluten-free flour blend (organic rice flour, tapioca flour, gafarva flour, sorghum flour, organic coconut flour, organic buckwheat flour), organic maple syrup, brazil nuts, organic coconut oil, arrowroot, xanthan gum."

This is the point at which I abandoned my fork and just shoved it in my mouth.

This was a huge hit- not only with myself, but also with VM, OD, my boss, and a good friend.  See; I share!

I also received a few of Gone Pie's new, lemon, tahini cookies

Go Nepie or go home

I have a love/hate relationship with tahini, so I wasn't sure what I would think.  But, one bite in and I thought O.G.P. (Oh Gone Pie!); they were fantastic.

It took me only a moment of savoring to realize that the flavor was reminiscent of a pignoli cookie.  Next I'll have to try the non-lemon, chocolate-covered version.  VM says ditto.

I often hear people say that they don't like certain holidays because they're manufactured.  That may be true, but anything that gives you a reason to let someone know you're thinking about them is okay by me.  I'm lucky to know so many people that are thoughtful and generous in every way and for no reason at all- especially when it comes to sweets.  With extreme gratitude for all of you.

Warning: there's still one more Valentine-related post coming your way!


  1. Tentatively planning a return of the tart for Pi Day (3.14). It was super fun to make, as well as eat!


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