Whenever I get the chance to visit New York City, one of my first stops is always Sarma Melngailis‘ famous raw restaurant Pure Food & Wine, and the attached One Lucky Duck juice bar and takeaway. While the food at the restaurant is totally mind blowing, and perfect for a big night out, the takeaway is smaller and really great for grabbing a juice and a snack more quickly — usually, in my case, while out and about shopping. And my absolute favourite snack is the Moon Pie – a raw, healthy take on the classic cookie-marshmallow-chocolate delight. Raw foodies everywhere rave about One Lucky Duck’s moon pies.
So you can imagine my interest was piqued when Heathy came up with her own recipe for the Moon Pie, and decided to hold a Moonie Pie making contest! Obviously, I had to enter. The rules are that contestants must make the moon pies, blog about them or email photos, and we have the option to vary up to two ingredients.
I thought it would be fun to add berries into the recipe somehow. (I was inspired by some brand of cookie I’ve seen that has a red berry jelly-like layer, with marshmallow and chocolate. For the life of my, I can’t remember the name of this cookie. Any ideas?) So I grabbed some raspberries, and started experimenting, and… well, let’s just say the experiment fizzled! I blended up the raspberries with some irish moss, in search of a firm, jelly-like texture, and it did not go as planned! Once I had partially assembled the treats, with the chocolate brownie layers, raspberry layer, and cream, I realized my concoction was not meant to be. So I ditched the raspberry gunk, and somehow managed to salvage the rest of the components. I redid the cream layer, this time adding in strawberries. Much tastier! For your viewing pleasure, here are some photos of the process and the finished result. I have to keep them in the freezer to thwart the temptation to devour them all at once!