The winner is comment #156!! Congratulations to Erica!!
I got a beautiful new cookbook a couple of weeks ago. It’s filled with the most delightful works of food art around, and it tells you how to make them yourself.
SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist, by my dear friend, and fellow blogger, Heather Baird of SprinkleBakes, is simply wonderful. I can’t say enough good things about it.
When I first got it, I couldn’t wait to pick something out to make. I paged through, looking at all of Heather’s delicious recipes…
…and easy to follow pictorials, and thought I’d never be able to decide on what to make first.
In the end, I settled on something that looked and sounded wonderful, and appeared to be crazy easy, even though it looked so elegant and lovely. I made the right choice. Heather’s grasshopper pie was easy, pretty, and so yummy, you wouldn’t believe it.
The crust pretty much speaks for itself…crush up your cookies, mix them with the melted butter, and done.
The filling is just as easy, though, so if you’re thinking you’ll need to make these way ahead, think again.
To assemble, simply press the cookie mixture into whatever pie plate, tart pan, or pastry ring you’re using (I decided to make many mini pies using Norpro Tartlet Tins) and pour the filling in on top, smoothing it with a spatula. Next, chill until set (about an hour), then top with whipped cream and serve.
Easiest. Dessert. Ever.
These look beautiful with a light dusting of cocoa powder or more cookie crumbs (finely crushed), and I added Valrhona Crunchy Pearls to mine, as well. I added the pearls on a whim because I bought them a few weeks ago and haven’t had a chance to use them yet. I’m really happy that I did, because they added a lovely deep chocolate flavor and a gorgeous little crunch to the pies. Don’t get me wrong, these pies are wonderful as-is, but I adore the extra bit of texture that comes from the pearls.
Not only is this one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever made, but it’s one of the most beautiful, and definitely one of the most delicious. I may or may not have eaten five or six of these while taking pictures. May have. Or not. Whatever. Shut up.
This is an impressive, tasty, lovely dessert for any occasion, and if you’re pressed for time, then this can’t miss. Enjoy!
Oh yeah….. How do you guys feel about winning a copy of Heather’s stunning new book?
And what if I told you it’s a signed copy?? Yep. I thought you’d like that.
It’s easy. Just comment below, before Midnight (12:00 am) EST on Monday, May 21st, 2012.
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Makes 1 9-inch pie, 6 4-inch pies, or about 20 mini tarts
FOR THE CRUST
1 1/2 cups, about 30 Nabisco Famous Wafers (grams) chocolate cookie crumbs
5 tablespoons butter, melted
FOR THE FILLING
1 cup heavy cream
25 large (or 250 mini) marshmallows (cups or grams)
2 tablespoons (30 ml) créme de menthe
1 tablespoon (15 ml) créme de cacao
1 recipe Whipped Cream
To make the crust: In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs and butter until thoroughly mixed.
Press the mixture firmly into a 9-inch pie plate; set aside (I chilled mine while I made the filling).
To make the filling: Whip the cream until stiff peaks form; set aside.
In a large, heatproof bowl, microwave the marshmallows until very puffy, about 45 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir until they have lost their shape and completely melted.
Stir the créme de menthe and créme de cacao into the marshmallows until smooth and uniform. If needed, allow the mixture to cool.
Fold the whipped cream into the marshmallow mixture until smooth.
Assemble: Spoon the mixture evenly over the prepared pie crust, smoothing the top with an offset spatula. Chill until set (about an hour).
Top with whipped cream, garnish with cookie crumbs or cocoa powder and Valrhona Crunchy Pearls, if desired, and serve immediately.
Recipe by Heather Baird, from SprinkleBakes