We hosted a birthday party for our friend Mastin of The Daily Love on Saturday. I had a lovely time and met some amazing new people. This is going to be another recipe post though. I made a chocolate cream pie with mint whipped cream topping. It was my first time using a new pie book that my dear friend Cassidy gave me for my birthday. It's called A Year of Pies by Ashley English. I recommend it for any baker, aspiring or skilled. The recipes are great and the pictures are pretty.
I'm always clean and orderly before I start baking.
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/2 cup butter, chilled
- 3/4 cup ice water
- 2 1/2 oz sweetened baking chocolate
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups whole milk
- 3 egg yolks, beaten
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- Optional chocolate shavings or crushed peppermint candies
9-inch pie pan, electric mixer
Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix flour and salt. Using two forks, blend the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Slowly drizzle ice water until the dough begins to clump. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and place in pie pan. Prick the bottom 6 or 7 times with a fork, then refrigerate for 15 minutes. Line the crust with parchment paper and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, then remove the weights. Bake an additional 5 to 7 minutes until crust is golden. Cool completely.
Combine chocolate, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a saucepan. Add milk and bring to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, then turn heat to low. Remove 1/2 cup of the cooked mixture and pour it slowly over the beaten egg yolks, whisking constantly. Return the mixture to the saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes, whisking constantly. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla and butter. Pour into prebaked crust.
Using electric mixer on high speed, beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and peppermint extract until billowy peaks form. Pile the whipped topping over the pie. Sprinkle chocolate or candy over the top, if using. Chill until ready to serve.
Totally rocking recipe. Definitely recommend it.