Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Chocolate-Orange Cream Pie (a.k.a. if you want something in particular you should go get it yourself)


My younger son had fallen asleep in the car earlier this week, so I sent my older son into the market with $20 and instructions to "buy a pie crust, preferably organic"... He came out 10 minutes later proudly producing an Oreo-branded chocolate cookie crust, "that was only $2!" He "couldn't tell if it was organic because there was so much writing on the package, but it will DEFINITELY be yummy!!"

What I thought: "Seriously? Gross."
What I said: "Wow! That's different. We'll have to come up with a really cool filling too!"

So, today my sous chef and I made a chocolate-orange pie, inspired by this Food Network recipe:

Chocolate-Orange Pie Filling
(makes filling for one 8" pie crust)

crust:
1 cookie pie crust (store-bought or homemade)

filling:
8oz organic cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup good quality cocoa powder
1/3 cup heavy cream
splash of vanilla
zest and juice of 1 orange

topping:
1 cup heavy cream
2 T Turbinado sugar dissolved in 2 T vanilla

Beat all filling ingredients together using a hand mixer. Spread in cookie crust. Make whipped cream by beating cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Smooth whipped cream over top. Chill in fridge until ready to serve. 

2 comments:

  1. Nice idea for dessert. Love orange and chocolate together.

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  2. My dearest! I love this.. the recipe is just so great and refreshing. Will try this one of my little phonies! lol.. my kids..

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