Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Betty Crocker = Awesome

What's the American man's favorite dessert? Most people would agree -- it's pie. And heading the list is apple pie. Followed closely by cherry pie and peach pie and lemon meringue and a lot of others. If you care about pleasing a man -- bake a pie. But make sure it's a perfect pie. How? Simple. Spend a little time with this chapter; pick up our sure-fire tips for flaky pastry. Then try one of our recipes -- family-tested and guaranteed to satisfy. What more could you ask of a dessert?

So yesterday I got super duper inspired to bake a pie. I enjoy cooking and baking tremendously, but I don't typically make desserts because, well, we'll eat them. Also, I don't particularly care for fruit pies (I know, un-American). Don't get me wrong, I'll eat a slice, but when it's Thanksgiving I'd rather have 2 pieces of pumpkin pie than any piece of apple.

Yesterday was a pretty good day here at the Cobwebs household, so I figured I'd celebrate by baking.

When the urge to make pastry hits, you must indulge, so I looked through Geoff's mom's vintage copy of Betty Crocker (1969 edition) to get inspired. What I like about this edition is it's NOT idiot-proof. They assume certain things about your cooking skill (like that you're going to buy quality ingredients and not the cheap crappy chocolate). And I like not being insulted by my cookbooks or told to buy the good stuff. So it didn't take long for me to get inspired.

I settled on: Chocolate Pie Deluxe (because I could live on chocolate cream pie), except that recipe called for a graham cracker crust and that just wasn't going to be fun enough, so I made it with a regular ol' pastry crust. Also, the recipe did NOT call for putting more whipped cream on top, but c'mon, I mean ... really.

It. Is. Awesome. And so beyond easy.

Here's the recipe (directly from the book) in case you're interested:

Chocolate Pie Deluxe
Cut this pie in small pieces; it's very rich

9-inch graham cracker crust
16 large marshmallows or 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup milk
1 bar (9.75 ounces) milk chocolate*
1 cup chilled whipping cream

Prepare crust. Heat marshmallows, milk and chocolate over medium heat, stirring constantly, just until marshmallows and chocolate melt and blend. Chill until thickened.

In chilled bowl, beat cream until stiff. Stir marshmallow mixture to blend; fold into whipped cream. Pour into crust. Chill at least 3 hours or until set. If desired, garnish with toasted slivered almonds.

*I used almost an entire bag of Guittard milk chocolate chips - a bag is 11.5 ounces - and we used the rest of that bag to do a little bit of "quality control"

1 comment:

Candice Lynn said...

Is pie all it takes to snag a man? You will soon see a trail to my front door.