Friends of ours have a fantastic annual Academy Awards party. One of the best parts of the party, to me, is the food! Not just because I love food (which I do), but because everyone who attends brings refreshments that are cleverly tied into the award nominees. Food and puns! Can you get any better than that?
This year, we were excited to see Guardians of the Galaxy on the nominees list. Husband and I both really enjoyed the movie, so when we came up with the idea of making dirt pudding with baby Groot on top, we were thrilled. It got even better when I realized we could make the dirt pudding gluten-free for my friend. In my excitement, I misspoke and said, “Oh! We can make it grooten free!” And then we had to do it 😉
We based our dessert on my sister-in-law’s dirt pudding recipe, but we made a couple changes to ensure that it was truly gluten-free. Instead of using the commercial pudding mix and milk called for in the recipe, we made a batch of Better Homes and Gardens’ homemade vanilla pudding using tapioca starch instead of cornstarch. We also purchased gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookies to swirl inside and top the pudding.
But in my opinion, the best part is the baby Groot. Husband and I worked together to form him out of Wilton’s Shape-N-Amaze edible modeling compound (which is also gluten free, and even though it is technically edible, it does not taste very good). His body is given support by a chopstick inside his “trunk”, and we bored a hole through the middle of a couple whole cookies to give some structural support at the base. The pudding wasn’t very solid, so baby Groot had some trouble staying upright, but it was all okay, since it was just for fun!