Earth Day Family Fun: Dirt dessert recipe

April 20, 2014 (CHICAGO)

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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