Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas! Celebrate with pie!

Paula Deen's Peppermint Pie has been a hit with my family for the past few years, and is now requested at the work potluck. It only takes a few ingredients, and is a good way to use up some candy canes! Her instructions are super simple, so here are some photos and notes to help-
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Step 1- Gather ingredients
Step 1- Gather ingredients
Oreo makes the best chocolate crust in my opinion. I used these massive peppermint sticks to cut down on plastic waste.

Step 1a- Pour self a glass of wine
Step 1a- Pour self a glass of wine
House Wine, love the label. The wine itself is just ok. The festive red glass makes the pie taste better.

Step 2- do you see what I see?
Step 2- do you see what I see?
...uh-huh.

Step 3- smush!
Step 3- smush!
Rolling pins, hammers, and other blunt objects work well.

Step 3- done!
Step 3- done!
Make sure they're nice & small, otherwise it'll take forever to melt.

Step 4- melt!
Step 4- melt!
This is what it looks like when you first add the cream. It starts to take on that great pink color.

Step 4 continued
Step 4 continued
Keep the heat very low, and stir often.

Still melting, but...
You can take the opportunity to make a sandwich and refill your wine glass.

Here we go!
This is a good consistency, it won't all melt completely.

Step 5- secret trick
Step 5- secret trick
It always seems that a few solid pieces persist, so I strain out the mostly melted candy. Let it cool at room temperature, don't chill (the gelatin will make it solidify). Stir every 10 minutes or so while it's cooling, otherwise a skin forms on top.

Step 6- whip & fold
Step 6- whip & fold!
For best results chill your bowl and whisk in the freezer before whipping. I have a stand mixer, so it makes super fast work of this step. (The mixer is also pink...hmm...)

Step 7- Fill crusts!
Step 7- Fill crusts!
Don't worry if you have too much filling, or a few crumbs end up on top.

Sprinkles will fix it!
Sprinkles will fix it! I didn't fill these too high because they had to travel, so...

If you have too much peppermint cream...
The extra filling goes well with hot cocoa or coffee, just be careful not to make a huge mess like I did...


Ta-da!
Your tasty pink peppermint pies are done! Voila!




Enjoy, and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

3 comments:

threemoonbabies said...

Thanks for sharing! The pies look really yummy!

Marilyn P. Sushi said...

While that looks super yummy, Paula Dean scares me sometimes hee hee!

Paperelle said...

Thank you! They were really good, they disappeared so fast.