Earth Day Family Fun: Dirt dessert recipe

Earth Day is on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and what better way to get the whole family into the spirit than with fun activities, including food?
April 20, 2014 7:06:17 AM PDT
Earth Day is on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and what better way to get the whole family into the spirit than with fun activities, including food?

Chrissy Jones with Chicago Parent magazine came into our ABC 7 Eyewitness News studio to show us how to make a "dirt dessert" and other fun things.

Dirt Dessert
(Adapted from Zemas Madhouse Foods Recipe)

Ingredients:
Brownies - made from any kind of brownie mix

Pastry cream (can be made Earthy Day friendly Vegan by substituting the eggs with 3 tbsp dairy free butter):
4 egg yolks
1 ½ T arrowroot/ tapioca starch
1/3 c. palm sugar
1 1/3 c. almond milk or other milk
2 t. pure vanilla extract

Whipped Cream:
2 cans full-fat coconut milk
6 T. pure maple syrup
1 t. vanilla

Gummy Worms (lots of natural, sugar free, gluten free options available now)

Preparation:
Step #1

Method:
Combine all the ingredients except for vanilla, in a saucepan.
Over a high heat, bring the ingredients to a boil while stirring constantly with a whisk.
Once it boils, lower the heat and simmer until thickened still stirring, this will keep the pastry cream smooth.
Once thickened, stir in the vanilla. Pour the pastry cream into a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap (the plastic should touch the cream).
Place in refrigerator to cool.

Step #2
In a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment combine all the ingredients and mix on high speed, until peaks form.

Step #3
1 bag gluten-free, vegan gummy worms

Assembly:
Fold the whipped cream into the pastry until it is all combined. Pour this into a deep glass dish (this is the inner Earth's core).
Spread crumbled brownie crumbs evenly across the pastry layer (this is your dirt).
Decorate with the gummy worms.


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