February 28, 2010

Velvet Painting

This super easy pie is packed with a powerful flavor punch. Each bite taste like a smooth and creamy chocolate bar. The flavors are mix and matchable try substituting mint, orange or coconut extract instead of vanilla. Let your creativity and preferences be your guide. To add style to your slice match your garnish with the extract stirred into your ingredients. Fresh mint leaves, orange zest or coconut shavings atop a tall layer of cream will give your guests a hint of what they are about to enjoy.

Chocolate Velvet Pie

1 (8-inch) prepared chocolate crumb crust
1 (11.5-ounce) package Nestle Chocolate Morsels
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

Sweetened whipped cream topping
1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Melt the morsels according to package directions. Microwave morsels in a medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on medium-high power for 1 minute; stir. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10 to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted. Cool to room temperature. Beat melted chocolate, cream cheese and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until light in color. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until firm. Top with sweetened whipped cream.

In a separate bowl, beat whipping cream slowly adding the powered sugar until soft peaks form. Spread the sweet whipped cream on top of pie and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Conversation Starter:
Have you ever thrown a pie at somebody? Ever seen it on TV? Google some classic pie throwing scenes from old shows/movies. Discuss how you would feel if someone hit you in the face with a pie and why.

By Jane Jarrell

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