Saturday, April 18, 2009

Munchkin Princess Pie

Munchkin Princess is the nickname we have for my biggest little critic (aka my eldest daughter). I wanted to create a pie inspired by my little munchkin. And this is it! It is definitely a pie fit for a princess!

1 Easy Peasy Pie Crust
8 ounces of milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup water, divided
2 Tbls butter
3 egg yolks
2 Tbls sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 pint strawberries (I actually used about half a pint, but use as many as your little heart desires!)
1. Make 1 Easy Peasy Pie Crust. Put it in your pie pan, and use a fork to prick several holes in the bottom and sides. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes (mine went for 15) or until slightly browned. Cool.
2. Combine chocolate chips, 1/4 cup of water, and butter in a microwave safe dish. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave 30 more seconds. Stir. Repeat until the chocolate is completely melted.

3. In a small saucepan, whisk egg yolks , sugar, and remaining water. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture gets bubbly and hot. Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate mixture.

4. Place saucepan in the freezer for 10 minutes (or more) to cool it.
5. While chocolate cools, in a cold, refrigerated, metal mixing bowl dump in the cream. Mix with an electric hand mixer until the cream gets stiff. This took me 10 minutes. It will look something like this...

6. Scoop out about 3/4 cup and set aside. You can use this to top your pie at serving time.

7. Remove chocolate from the freezer. Fold in whipped cream.

8. Put 1/3 of the mousse in your waiting pie crust. Top with sliced strawberries. Top with 1/3 more of the mousse and another layer of sliced berries. Top with remaining mousse.

9. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

The Verdict:
This is my new favorite pie. I LOVE IT! The mousse completely hid the layer of strawberries, so when you took a bite, you had no idea a strawberry was going to be in there. All of the sudden the sweet flavor of the strawberry is there in your mouth surrounded by creamy chocolate. YUM! Make this pie. Serve it to your munchkins (or whoever!)--they will love you for it!!

I have a confession. We did not actually wait the entire 4 hours for the mousse to set. We were all eagerly anticipating eating this pie too much and wanted a piece right after dinner. Therefore, the mousse was not quite set. I think it would be better if you let it sit overnight--if you can wait that long!
PS This is the same mousse recipe that I used in Everyday Can be Valentine's Day Pie (except I used milk chocolate for Munchkin Princess pie instead of dark chocolate). It was pretty amazing as well, so make sure you try that one too!

1 comment:

  1. I used generic milk chocolate chips for this last night. It simply did not turn out as well as last time. Spring for the good stuff! It's worth the extra dollar or two.