October 8, 2008
You Want Pies With That? Gone With the Wind Pie!
The theme for the first "You Want Pies With That?" Challenge was "I Love That Movie!" and I immediately thought of Gone With the Wind! Thinking of Gone With the Wind brought to mind mint juleps and mint juleps for some reason made me think of white chocolate. Then my brain decided that white chocolate and mint would be perfect paired with a chocolate crust and wham....Gone With the Wind Pie was born!
I grew up in Tennessee and for years I've heard of mint juleps. In all honesty I've never had one, but they are just such a quintessential Southern tradition they immediately bring to mind Scarlet sunning herself at the barbeque surrounded by a bunch of smitten beaus! So I knew I wanted to do something along these lines. I wouldn't say Gone With The Wind was my all time favorite movie (I would go more with The Quiet Man or Roman Holiday...Yes I have a thing for old movies!) but I did appreciate it...There is just something about Scarlet's indomitable spirit and how nothing keeps her down that sort of draws you in, but I guess that's neither here nor there.
This pie is rich, creamy and oh so good! Paired with some freshly made whipped cream and it was just the perfect combo. If you like mint and white chocolate, with a little chocolate chocolate thrown in for good measure, then this is the pie for you!
Be sure and stop over at the You Want Pies With That blog and see what everyone else cooked up!
What You'll Need for the Crust:
1 sleeve of chocolate graham crackers
1/3 cup of sugar
6 tablespoons of butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Crush graham crackers until mostly crushed. A few chunks here and there are fine. Stir in sugar and melted butter until mixed. Press mixture into a pie plate or tart pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake for 5-6 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
What You'll Need for the White Chocolate Spearmint Filling:
2 cups of heavy cream
1 - 3/4 ounce package of fresh spearmint (Note: If you can't find spearmint any type of mint will do.)
2 - 3.5 ounce Green and Black's White Chocolate Bars (Note: These are actually candy bars, but baking chocolate would work ok too.)
2 tablespoon of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of corn starch
In a medium sized pot over low heat place heavy cream and spearmint and cook 10-15 minutes until mint is wilted. Once mint is wilted strain heavy cream and place it back in the pot.
While mint is steeping in the cream melt white chocolate with butter until smooth. (Note: I do this in the microwave. Keep an eye on it though and do it in intervals so as not to burn.)
Whisk melted chocolate mixture into mint cream until smooth. Add sugar and stir to incorporate. Cook for 1-2 minutes to melt sugar. Add corn starch and bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes stirring constantly. Pour mixture into baked pie shell.
Chill pie for at least 4 hours and then serve with freshly made whipped cream. You can garnish with extra mint if you like.
Notes: This is really minty. If you're not a fan of mint then you'll definitely want to pass on this.
So there you have it...Gone With the Wind Pie! That was fun!
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