The instructions weren't so daunting anymore, in fact it's a pretty simple dessert, with only a few ingredients. It does however get a few dishes dirty and requires a little make ahead planning. The good news is it can, and tastes even better when it is, made a day in advance. It is a light, almost mousse like, pie that tastes like creamy coffee and chocolate cookies. I'm not the biggest fan of traditional cream pies like Key Lime or Coconut Cream, but this one I could eat in embarrassingly large quantities if given the opportunity. Which is why the one pictured here went with us to my parent's house for dinner. It was a little role reversal, me making this pie to share with my parents! Ha!
(based on a Bon Appetit recipe from their 1979 best-of cookbook)
1 Oreo pie crust * (pre-made if you can find it. I couldn't, so I made my own. See below)
1 cup whole milk
3 TBS instant espresso
2 egg yolks
2 cups whipping cream, divided
*Crust: 1.5 cups chocolate wafer crumbs + 4 TBS melted butter. Combine and press into glass pie dish. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool.
Over medium low heat combine milk and coffee granules in 3 quart sauce pan. Add marshmallows and stir constantly until melted. Remove from heat. Beat yolks till pale yellow. Add 3 TBS of coffee/marshmallow mixture to the eggs, then add egg mixture to the pan with the remaining marshmallow mixture. Cook over medium heat for another minute. Pour into 3 quart bowl and refrigerate for 1 to 1.5 hours. The mixture should not be runny at all when you take it out. Whip 1 cup cream. Fold into mocha mixture, pour into cool, prepared crust. Place in fridge for 3- 4 hours (or over night). Before serving, add whip cream garnish around the edges. In the picture above I had a pastry bag/ piping tip incident, so I added more whipped cream to disguise it. You can make any sort of pattern you like, you can also add ground chocolate (I did), chocolate leaves (I wanted too but ran out of time), or chocolate curls, etc. Be as fancy or simple as you like!
Here is a phone picture of the first one I made... I made another to make sure I had the timing right in between steps, the original recipe didn't include them in their instructions. The perfectionist in me wanted to make a third so I could get the decorating perfect, but I wouldn't be able to squeeze into my jeans this fall if I did! :) Enjoy!! Hope it becomes a family favorite for you as well!!