Monday, November 29, 2010

Turtle Pie

Today I am recovering from Thanksgiving.  Don't get me wrong, I had a wonderful holiday.  But you know how it is.  The house always needs cleaning.  The laundry needs washing.  All those things that just don't get done while you are vacationing.  With the kids back in school I'm able to catch up on the stuff that I neglected over the long weekend.

In my Thanksgiving post I teased y'all with a picture of turtle pie.  I'll be honest, I considered not posting a recipe at all.  Turtle pie is not exactly a decorative dessert.  I suppose, however, that it is a thing of beauty in it's own right.  Besides, I was asked for the recipe by one of you lovely readers out there.  So, here goes.

I found this recipe many years ago in a magazine.  I tweaked it to suit my tastes and have been making it ever since. 

 Start by combining 1/2 cup of milk, 1 1/3 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips, and 1/2 of a bag of little
marshmallows, in a sauce pan.  Cook this mixture over medium heat, stirring often, until all the marshmallows are melted.  The mixture will look velvety smooth.  Remove from the heat and stir in 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract.  Set this aside to cool.  I always put it in the fridge to speed it up.

Now it's time to bake the crust.  A word about pie crust.  For the record, I can and have made pie crust.  Truth is, I find it boring and tedious.  Thus I asked some lovely ladies named Sara, and Marie to became my friend.  They make a dang good crust and save me lots of time.  If you enjoy making pie crusts, by all means make your own.  I'm just here to tell you that there is no shame in having your "friend" make it for you.

 Melt 1/3 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 1/2 Tbs. unsalted butter in a bowl.  I use the microwave for this step.  Spread this mixture in the warm, freshly baked pie crust.  I'll warn you, this stuff does not like to spread nicely!  You have to really sweet talk it to get it to behave.  Put the pie in the fridge while you prepare the next layer.

 Combine 1/3 cup whipping cream and 20 vanilla caramels in a bowl.  Heat this at intervals in the microwave, stirring in between, until all the caramels are melted.  Add about 1/2 cup of chopped pecans.  Pour this mixture into the pie crust and return it to the fridge.

Here comes the best part.  Whip 1 cup of whipping cream until it makes stiff peaks.  Remember that chocolate/marshmallow mixture that was chilling?  Pour it into the bowl with the whipped cream.  Fold the the chocolate and cream gently with a spatula until combined.

Pour this heavenly concoction into the crust.  It makes a very full pie.  It will be mounded up above the edge of the crust.  Refrigerate until you are ready to devour it!  My family likes it served with a dollop of whipped cream.

In case you don't want to sift through all that for the ingredients, here they are.

Turtle Pie
1/2 c. milk
1 1/3 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 bag small marshmallows
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 Tbs. unsalted butter
1/3 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
20 vanilla caramels
1/3 c. whipping cream
1 baked pie crust
1 c. whipping cream

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.