We did a Big Sur themed dinner and each recipe came from a different Big Sur restaurant cookbook. The Chocolate Tantric Pie was our dessert recipe and it came from Esalen. When I heard the pie name, it made me chuckle because of the infamous couples tantra workshops at Esalen. This is a very rich and tasty chocolate pie that is very easy to make. You have to really love chocolate though. My biggest advice is to not put much of the candied ginger on top because a little can go a long way.
Our Big Sur Themed Dinner Recipes:
- Thai Yellow Tomato Gazpacho • Post Ranch Inn (very tasty, a little goes a long way)
- Blue Cheese Stuffed Figs with Balsamic Reduction w/ Arugula • Big Sur Bakery (labor intensive, but good)
- Mixed Vegetables • Tassajara (great for a weeknight meal side & any veggies you have in the fridge)
- French Garlic Chicken • Nepenthe (very tasty with tons of garlic and butter)
Chocolate Tantric Pie Recipe • Esalen
1 1/2 cup organic half-and-half or whipping cream
3 cups semisweet organic chocolate chips
1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup chopped candied ginger (I would only use 1/2 cup)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1 package (9-inch size) pie crust
Over medium heat, bring half-and half or whipping cream to a simmer in a 1-quart saucepan, stirring to prevent scorching on the bottom. Whisk as you slowly pour the chocolate chips into the cream and continue to stir until the chocolate has melted.
Stir in half the almonds and half the ginger. Stir in cayenne if using.
Pour mixture into a pre-baked 9-inch pie shell. Sprinkle with remaining almonds and ginger on top (don’t use much ginger, maybe 1/8 cup). Cool until firm, slice, and serve.