So, as the title suggests, this is my second post about the amazing pies I make and have the blue ribbons to write home about. For those of you who did not have a chance to check out the first post here with my award winning Pear, Cranberry, and Ginger Pie this is your chance to replicate some yummy goodness. I am of the opinion that you really do not need an excuse to make a pie (or eat a pie for that matter) and will take a well-made pie over a cake any day.
Below are just a few reasons why I am a #1 pie fan:
- Pies are more creative. You can have a traditional flaky crust, graham cracker crust, Girl Scott cookie crust (yes, trust me, it's as amazing as it sounds), or no crust at all. You can put crumble on top, whipped cream, fruit, more whipped cream - and I'm convinced that crisps and cobblers are just pies in disguise, so throw those in as well. Oh, and then there are strudels - yes, this falls into my pie category too.
- Pies can fit the seasons better and highlight all the wonderful different foods that are available at different times of the year. If it's autumn time you can sit around with your fluffy sweater and enjoy a pumpkin pie slice or two. If it's summer you can have a bite of a light lemon custard topped with fresh berries from your back yard.
- Cheesecake is in fact a pie and you will not convince me otherwise.
- Pies can be savory (and I might be nice and publish an entire post series on the amazing-ness of quiches and pot pies).
- You eat pie on Pi Day.
- Pie pairs better with beer - enough said.
crust of your choice - we prefer a graham cracker crust for this one
** Note: If you want to use a traditional pie crust you have to bake it first, this is a NO BAKE pie
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3/4 C sugar, divided
1/8 tsp salt
2 eggs, separated
1 C milk
1/4 dark rum
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 C whipping cream
2 tsp vanilla
- Using a double boiler mix the gelatin, 1/4 C sugar, and the salt
- Then beat in the egg yolks and milk
- Cook, stirring constantly with a whisk until the mixture is slightly thickened
- Then remove from heat
- Add the chocolate chips and stir until thoroughly blended and all the chocolate is melted
- Chill chocolate mixture until thickened and then add the rum and set aside
- In a bowl beat the egg whites until foamy, gradually adding 1/4 C sugar and then beat until stiff
- Fold the chocolate mixture from Step #1 and the egg whites
- In another bowl whip the cream with the remaining 1/4 C sugar and vanilla until stiff
- Prepare your crust
- Alternate the chocolate mixture and the whipped cream in the pie shell
- Swirl with a spoon for a marbled effect and then chill until firm
For more information about my pies or culinary delights in general, check out the Instagram feed on my family's B&B in Virginia, the Uphill House Bed and Breakfast, where not only am I a co-owner but I am the chef-in-residence with my mom, Suzanne.