Saturday, September 28, 2013

Chocolate Peppermint Pie - National Pie Day - Pink Saturday

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I've been looking for a new dessert to serve on Valentine's Day. While searching for recipes for National Pie Day, which coincidentally is today, I found this lovely Chocolate Peppermint Pie on the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board web site. It would be perfect for Valentine's Day and I knew I had to try it. Any recipe that combines white and dark chocolate with peppermint and cream cheese gets my attention immediately. I must tell you I wasn't disappointed, but there are things I'd change the next time I make the pie. Forget the crust. It doesn't add much to the pie. Use a prepared chocolate crumb shell instead. It will add another layer of flavor and save a lot of time as well. I'd also make the pie 24 hours before I plan to serve it. If you look at my photo, you'll see that the layers "bled" together when the pie was sliced. I think that can be avoided with longer chilling. You might also want to add a touch of red food coloring as the crushed peppermint adds only a hint of color to the white chocolate layer. It's sinfully rich and very sweet, but it's a dessert meant for a special day, so, I gave myself absolution and will atone with an extra hour on the treadmill. I do hope you'll try it. The verdict of my tasters was "most excellent". Here's the recipe.

Chocolate Peppermint Pie...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of the Wisconsin Cheese Board



2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 teaspoon vinegar

5 to 6 tablespoons ice water

Chocolate Peppermint Pie:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1 cup (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup pasteurized egg product*

1/2 cup whipping cream

1 cup white chocolate chips, melted and cooled

1/2 cup (20) peppermint candies, crushed

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled

1 9-inch baked pie crust (press-in or fancy), cooled

Optional garnish: sweetened whipped cream, crushed peppermint


Pie Crust:

1) In a bowl, stir together flour, sugar and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut butter cubes into flour mixture until pieces are pea-size. Sprinkle vinegar over flour mixture, tossing with a fork. Sprinkle 5 to 6 tablespoons cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, over flour mixture, tossing with a fork each time until dough is moistened and crumbly. Gather dough into a ball, flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

2) Preheat oven to 400oF.

3) Roll dough into a 12-inch circle. Gently fold the crust into quarters, center over 9-inch pie plate and unfold. Ease crust into the plate. Trim pastry, leaving a 1-inch overhang beyond plate edge. Fold crust edge under and crimp or flute the edge using a fork or your fingers.

4) Prick pastry with a fork. Line bottom and up sides of crust with foil and add dried beans or pie weights. Bake for 15 minutes, remove foil. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until crust is golden. Remove to a wire rack; cool completely.


5) In a bowl, beat butter, cream cheese and sugar together. Combine egg product and whipping cream in a separate bowl; gradually add to butter mixture while beating, scraping bowl often. Beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Reserve half of mixture in a small bowl. Add cooled white chocolate to remaining half of mixture; beat well. Stir in crushed candy. Spread in baked pie crust; chill 10 minutes.

6) Return reserved butter mixture to bowl, add cooled semi-sweet chocolate; beat well. Spread over white chocolate layer. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Garnish and serve. Yield 8 servings.

*Note: Pasteurized egg products are available in the supermarket. The reason the recipe calls for this product is that the filling is not cooked, and there is a salmonella risk associated with eating raw eggs.

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