Thursday, February 28, 2013

Grasshopper Pie

This pie is perfect for St. Patrick's Day, the holidays or during those times when only pie will do. I'm curious - are you a cake or pie type of person? My husband is strictly pie. He'll eat cake but only if it's drowning in ice cream or even better when it's in an ice cream cake.

I'm not so picky. For me cake satisfies that nostalgic 'I want to relive my fifth birthday' craving while pie is more immediately gratifying and sinful - just a good 'ole down and dirty sugar fix. And the older I get the more types of pie I like which is GREAT news for my figure as I begin the downward spiral called the mid thirties. Take that, metabolism!

But of all the pies out there, this may be the most lethal kind. It is so light and fluffy and cool, disappearing like a snowflake on the tongue, that you might trick yourself into thinking it's just a bunch of calorie-free air. Well just go on and think that sweetheart. I for one won't spoil the fantasy.

By the way I had my reservations about using marshmallow fluff. I worried that it would make the pie taste 'fake' or sickly sweet. I've never been happier to be wrong. I also have to add that this was a 'cover my bases' pie I made for Christmas - an extra dessert just in case we blew through the rest. I even used one of those pre-made graham crusts so my expectations were fairly low. And OH the irony - it was the favorite dessert of the night even over the fancy desserts I actually slaved over.

Grasshopper Pie
This pie is so easy you could make it in your sleep. The other great thing about this pie is you can play artist when adding the green food coloring. Add a little as I did for that classic mint green or go whole hog and make it wake-me-up-before-you-go-go-green.

1 chocolate graham crust (store bought is fine)
1 jar 'jet puffed' marshmallow creme (7 oz)
1/4 cup creme de cacao blanc
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
few drops green food coloring, to color preference
silver dragees or colored sprinkles for decorating, optional

In a medium/large bowl, mix together the marshmallow creme, creme de cacao, and mint extract. Set aside while you whip the heavy cream in a standing mixer or in another bowl with a hand held mixer until the cream holds soft peaks. Gently fold the whipped cream into the marshmallow mixture then add a couple drops of food coloring and gently stir to mix. Pour into the prepared pie crust and refrigerate at least 4 hours until firm. Decorate with dragees or sprinkles if desired before serving.

You can also freeze the pie if you like more of a frozen texture or for just a few minutes if it needs firming up before slicing but I personally like it straight from the fridge with that soft as air texture that the fridge gives it.


Mary said...

What a luscious pie. Your photos make it especially appealing. I'd love to join you for a slice. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

Angie's Recipes said...

The pie looks so gorgeous! I love the simple yet elegant decoration. Well done!

Amy said...

What a beautiful pie. I love mint a lot. I'm more of a cake person. But with your grasshopper pie, I'll take it over any cake for sure! Wish you a wonderful weekend.

Ashley said...

This looks incredible! So perfect for a St. Patty's day dessert. I am most definitely more of a cake person than a pie person! Most pies just really don't do it for me. Mostly fruit pies because I don't care for fruit in my dessert much :)

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

I love hearing you guys on cake versus pie. I think it's the great unsung debate of our nation;)

Reeni Pisano said...

I find myself liking pie more and more as I get older and I've been using a ton of marshmallow fluff lately in my baking. I love it. . .and I love this pie! Never tasted one before definitely need to put it on my "to bake" list.

Monet said...

What a fabulous dessert for Saint Patrick's Day (or any day!) I love the green filling...I'm going to need to make this soon! Thank you so much for sharing, my friend!

Jenn said...

Oh my gosh.. would you believe that Grasshopper pie is one of my favorites? Third in line behind chocolate and apple.... so i guess you could say I'm a pie girl :)

lisa is cooking said...

Cake or pie? I'd have to say both! My sweet tooth easily gets the best of me. This looks like a delicious way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.