23 June 2010

two pies i must tell you about

I made these pies last weekend and you should make them too.  Both recipes come from Epicurious.  I'll confess my shortcuts-- store-bought crusts on both, and instant pudding in the PB Banana Cream Pie. 

Chocolate Mousse Pie

  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • store-bought Oreo crust
  1. Combine chocolate, vanilla and salt in processor.  Bring 1 cup cream to boil in a small saucepan.  With the processor running, gradually pour in hot cream process until chocolate is melted and smooth. Transfer mixture to large bowl.  Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.
  2. Beat 2 cups cream and sugar in large bowl to stiff peaks.*  Fold into chocolate mixture.  Pour mousse into prepared crust.  Chill until set, about 6 hours
  3. Garnish with berries, whip cream or chocolate shavings.  I had cherries and strawberries, so I used those.

PB Banana Cream Pie
  • Vanilla instant pudding packet
  • Milk required for that
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 firm but ripe bananas, peeled and sliced diagonally
  1. Make the instant vanilla pudding according to directions.  Pour into crust.
  2. Arrange enough banana slices in single layer over vanilla filling to cover completely.
  3. Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar in medium bowl until smooth. Beat in vanilla, then peanut butter. In another bowl, beat cream until firm peaks form.* Fold whipped cream into peanut mixture gradually.  Spread peanut butter layer evenly over bananas. Chill at least 3 hours.
  4. Arrange remaining banana slices around top edge of pie.

* This step is particularly fun when your mixer breaks.  I bet the Amish don't make whipped cream often.  Or if they do, they have killer arms to show for it.


  1. I believe that it is your express purpose to torment us cubicle bound souls.

  2. Haha, I'll bring one over soon, I promise!

  3. I knocked off the remaining chocolate one for Fathers Day breakfast!!! Why? Because I am your Dad and I could!! :)

  4. Your pies look delicious! I guess it’s a good thing “the boy” declined to take back a homemade fresh strawberry pie after his visit to the North Country this weekend. After all, one can not live on only pies; if they did they wouldn’t be able to run marathons. Seriously though, I hope I have the opportunity to make you both one of our favorite summertime treats if time permits a trip up the highway 87 during strawberry season. Or perhaps we could meet in the middle for a picnic. Or I could send you my take on Aunt Bee’s Mayberry Strawberry Pie, its berry, berry good. :)

  5. Lori, these pies didn't stay at our place so we were pie-less by the time Sunday night rolled around. The boy can be awfully strict when it comes to desserts, eh? We will plan a picnic and then he won't be able to refuse!


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