Monday, August 10, 2009

Chocolate Pie

Melanie C. has been really busy as of late and asked me to choose a recipe and post for her. I am of course thrilled to do so. I have been eying the chocolate pie for a while. I am glad I chose it. This recipe again asks for those pesky chocolate wafer cookies for the crust. I decided I would go to the store instead of sending my husband to make sure we got the right thing. Well, would you believe he was right?!?! Our store doesn't stock them. To avoid going all over town looking for them I looked for an alternative. I didn't want to go with the vanilla wafers this time. I think that would taste weird. I saw Oreos were on sale. I've never made an Oreo crust but I've tasted them and they are really good. So, I chose Mint Oreos to make the crust. It was divine. The mint was just enough to tell it is there but not overpowering to the chocolate. I recommend this if you're looking for something a little different. I'm sure it puts the calorie count in the thousands per piece, but it is really good.

I made the chocolate part exactly like it said it should be. It is very rich and tastes a little more dense than the chocolate cream pies I've had in the past. I like it better though. It feels more grown up.

For the whipped cream I couldn't stomach paying $6.00 for a vanilla bean. So, I used vanilla extract. I also used powdered sugar instead of regular sugar. It makes the whipped cream a little thicker. If you wanted to pipe your whipped cream you should use powdered sugar. I know the recipe book says you can store the whipped cream in the fridge for up to 2 hours. I just put mine on the pie and it has held up two days without any sign of change. I imagine it will last until the pie is gone.
Do you have any pet peeves? Um, yes. I have many. Clutter at my house (not anyone else's) and flight delays (of which I've had many) would probably be the biggest two.
Any other hobbies besides being an amazing cook? I love to sew. I also like to scrapbook, ride my bike, run, read and nap.
What is your favorite summer activity? Going to the beach. Someday I want to make that my favorite winter activity as well.
Are you a morning or a night person? I'm a night person. I like to stay up late and finish whatever I'm working on / reading. Then I like to sleep in. That doesn't happen with a kid though. Thankfully I'm a good napper.
Are you a go-go-go sight-seeing kind of vacationer or lie-on-the-beach-all-day kind of vacationer? I like to go-go-go. I generally come home more tired than when I left. I like that.
What is your favorite store? I probably spend the most money at Target but I love Anthropologie.
What is your favorite beverage? Homemade strawberry lemonade.
If you had to go back to school, what would your major be? UGH. I struggle with this one. It would probably be fashion design. Although I have considered interior design or graphic design. That is one of the reasons I haven't gone back to school yet. I want to be 100% sure.


Deanna said...

Good pick! I can't wait to try this recipe. I know I've been MIA since my first and only post :( but I've been on vacation and things have not been organized in my life. This week, I plan on turning that all around!!

I love your idea of the mint oreos! Did you scrape the filling out?

Melanie W. said...

Looks very delish!! I want to make it this week, but probably won't since we'll probably be eating a lot of cake after Owen's b-day. :)

As for chocolate wafers for the crust...when I made the PB pie I immediately thought they meant Oreo's because the little note on the side says "chocolate wafer cookies are easy to find...Nabisco makes a fine and ubiquitous version..." And Oreo's are definitely everywhere. They did recommend the Newman's Own brand of cookie which I saw but they were more expensive so I stuck with Oreos. So I think you were exactly fine to get oreos. And I think mint oreos is a fantastic idea!! What a great way to flavor it up a bit.

Cami said...

Thanks! I just threw the Oreo's in the blender filling and all and added a tablespoon of melted butter. I could have probably not put any butter in but all the recipes I found said to add it.

Melissa said...

Yummy can't wait to make it.