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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Milk Chocolate and Caramel Mousse Pie



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I received a bottle of a, new to me, liqueur for Christmas this year. It was Bailey's, but this version had hints of caramel added to the base and that gave the familiar liqueur an entirely new taste. To be honest, I had absolutely no idea what to do with it until last night. This obviously is not going to be a sponsored post. Late yesterday, I was asked to step in and make desserts for a pot luck supper. I quickly bounced ideas against the contents of my pantry and refrigerator and came up with the pie I'm featuring today. As it happens Monday, January 23rd is National Pie Day and that special request is going to make me seem a more informed and better blogger than I actually am. I, quite by chance, have a pie for National Pie Day to share with you this year. I've been holding on to a recipe for a mousse-style pie for a while now. It had been published in the Providence Food Examiner and I had never gotten around to testing it. I had to make a few substitutions because I had no white chocolate in the house, but I thought I could create a milk chocolate version that would be as tasty. It is that. The pie is extraordinarily easy to make, though it requires considerable time to set. It contains no gelatin, so I'd advise it be made a day before you plan to serve it. The pie contains uncooked egg whites. If there are any in your home with compromised immune system, you should use pasteurized eggs when you make this. I think those of you who try this recipe will enjoy the pie and the ease with which it comes together. Here's the recipe.


Milk Chocolate and Caramel Mousse Pie
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Donna Diegel of the Providence Food Examiner

Ingredients:
1 chocolate cookie pie crust
Milk Chocolate Mousse:
1-1/3 cups milk chocolate baking chips
1/3 cup Baileys with a Hint of Caramel
1/2 cup egg whites (about 4 eggs)
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Sweetened Whipped Cream Topping:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Chocolate curls or cookie crumbs for garnish, optional

Directions:
1) Melt chocolate and Baileys spirits in top of a double boiler set over hot water. Use a spatula to blend well and keep from burning. Remove from heat.
2) Using an electric mixer, whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, and beat until stiff peaks hold their shape. Set aside.
3) Whip 1 cup heavy cream until stiff.
4) Gently fold egg and whipped cream together.
5) With a large spatula, fold milk chocolate into egg white mixture. Do not over mix.
6) Spoon into cooked pie crust and chill while preparing whipped cream topping.
7) To make topping: Whip heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Spoon or pipe onto top of mousse. Decorate with chocolate curls or cookie crumbs. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Yield: 6 to 8 servings.








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40 comments:

Ginny said...

This looks wonderful. I think you can get egg whites in a carton now.

Anita - Recipe with Pictures said...

This looks amazing. Can I have a slice? :-)

Pondside said...

Sounds like a winner - you must have been very popular at that pot luck!

MissB said...

What a wonderful pie!
Can I take a bite? :P
Kisses :*

ImSoVintage said...

This sounds delicious, Mary. :)

Hovkonditorn said...

Looks so yummy! Have a nice day!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Wow, even at 5:30AM this looks amazing:@)

Rita said...

I can almost taste the chocolaty creamy goodness.
Rita

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

This is a winner!

bellini said...

It does sound delicious Mary and perfect for the potluck. You always save the day with your creative ideas.

Baking Addict said...

wow this looks amazing! I love the idea of national pie day :)

North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard said...

Mary, when growing up Chocolate Cream Pie was my very most favorite. Your pie looks absolutely delectable, and the Bailey's must really add to the flavor/body of the pie. I am certain it will be the first desert consumed at the Pot Luck. Wishing you a wonderful day, Mary.

Martha said...

oh yum! I want some for breakfast! It looks delicious!!

Becki's Whole Life said...

Love this. The Bailey's with caramel in the mousse is so different.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

The scales are going up just reading this post :) Yum yum. Diane

laurie said...

Wow, so lovely, yum!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I would so like to be a part of the community of people who enjoy your 'throw together from the pantry' goodies at their potlucks!! LOL! This sounds heavenly. blessings ~ tanna

MÂȘ Angeles said...

Wow,
it looks delicious!!
What a wonderful pi!

Claudia said...

I love how many potlucks you seem to go to - and how you always come through. So delicious - I dare say there was not a crumb left.

We Are Not Martha said...

YUM! This sounds AND looks awesome!! Love Baileys :)

Sues

Linda said...

Oooh...this sounds heavenly.. love the Baileys with a hint of caramel...yum!!

Teena Mary said...

wow..looks fabulous! First time on your page & i'm loooving your recipes! SO glad to follow you :)

Francy said...

Soooo delicious, Mary!! I am sure Bailey's has given a fantastic flavour!

Adele @ The Dutch Door Kitchen said...

An ingenious way to use Baily's... this is going on my list of recipes to try. Thank you for sharing!

Pure Complex said...

Wow.. this caramel and chocolate mousse pie looks absolutely scrumptious and decadent. I love this dessert. Great post

Priya said...

Super tempting and highly irresistible mousse pie..

Carrie said...

Oh yum. Yum yum yum. Definitely going in the recipe folder.

Nisrine M. said...

Such a beautiful dessert. It's making me soo hungry!

Torviewtoronto said...

mousse looks wonderful

Leslie said...

Sounds delish..I have not seen that version of Baileys!

Jacquelyn said...

I love chocolate cream pies. It is one of my favorite childhood desserts.

The Harried Cook said...

Oh yummy! It is time for breakfast now, but I'd much rather have a slice (or three) of this! Thanks for sharing another fabulous dessert, Mary!

Ann said...

This looks absolutely delicious! ...and Happy National Pie Day!

Joanne said...

I love Bailey's of all flavors and I love mousse...a dessert match made in heaven? Obviously yes.

France@beyondthepeel said...

I think it would literally be impossible for this to be bad. It sounds amazing and baileys is good in everything.

lena said...

looking fantastic!.i sure everyone at the potluck will enjoy this a lot!

BeetleBuggy said...

I'm a big dessert fan and this is looking so yummy to my tummy now! :D Great recipe, Mary!

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef said...

Oh man! I missed making a pie for today! Well, gazing at yours is good enough, right?

tender b. said...

Wow! This looks decadent. Something I can really get into and I'm not much of a chocolate fan.

Jenn said...

Forget get the slice... can I have the whole pie please?? :)

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