Friday, May 10, 2013

Nutella Silk Pie

Here's is a traditional French silk pie made with Nutella.  So instead of silky smooth chocolate, you get silky smooth hazelnut and chocolate, topped with homemade whipped cream.  Mmmmm.  It's delicious, it's surprising, it's perfect.  I also love that it can be made ahead the night before or morning of a dinner party.  This recipe is based on Betty Crocker's Classic French Silk Pie.  Here's how Mama makes it:

Nutella Silk Pie

- pastry for one-crust pie (I use refrigerated)
- 1 c. sugar
- 3/4 c. butter, softened
- 1 1/2 t. vanilla
- 1/2 c. Nutella
- 3/4 c. fat-free cholesterol-free egg product
- 1 c. heavy whipping cream
- 2 T. powdered sugar
- 1 t. vanilla
- mini chocolate chips or chocolate curls, for garnish


1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Unroll refrigerated crust into pie plate, poke all over with a fork.  Finish the edge as desired.  Line with parchment and pie weights or dried beans (I have a container of "pie beans" that's I've been using for years).  Bake for 9 minutes, then remove parchment and weights and bake additional 2 minutes until lightly golden.  Let cool completely.

2.  In a medium bowl, beat sugar and butter with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Beat in vanilla and Nutella.

3.  Gradually beat in egg product on high speed or until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes).  Pour into pie crust.  Refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours but no longer than 24 hours.

so pretty!

here, take a closer look

4.  Make the whipped cream:  In a chilled medium bowl, beat all ingredients until soft peaks form.  Or, now make sure you're sitting down because this will blow your mind, use a little blender.  I used the Magic Bullet and it whipped up the most beautiful whipped cream in less than 30 seconds.

5.  Spread whipped cream on the pie, garnish with chocolate chips.  Store covered in refrigerator.

And here's a little story about why I'm a better Mama than housewife:

with just hours until our neighbors were coming over for dinner,
I decided to let Peanut lick the whipped cream spatula

she really liked it!

like, REALLY!

left no spot un-licked
and, yes, that's cream in her hair...

then she decided to tease the puppy...

poor gullible, hopeful puppy

yep, just as I suspected,
Peanut doesn't share...

don't worry, puppy, you can clean up her seat
while she's taking a bath :)

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