Creatively Transforming Food

Chocolate Velvet Pie

 

Chocolate Velvet Pie was one of NIck’s favorite desserts, next to my chocolate chip cookies. Every Thanksgiving, I enjoy a slice for him as he became an angel in heaven just before his 19th birthday in a motorcycle accident 11 years ago. He was a picky eater, but he would always have this pie at Thanksgiving so I always made this dessert especially for him. Holidays were extremely difficult without my Legomaniac, however I found ways to make it easier by enjoying things he liked. At Christmas, the Junior Honor Society at my school would participate in Toys for Tots toy drive with a special request for Legos in his honor as those were his favorite Christmas presents as a child. The community always answered the call.

Sharing this recipe with you gives me joy! Originally, I believe it came from a Philadelphia Cream Cheese site.  I hope you find a special time to make this and enjoy with the ones you love. I start with making this Ultimate All- Butter Pie Crust  Now, If you need to, you could always use a pre-made crust. Either way, it needs to be pre-baked and cooled before filling. The picture below is after a blind baking step. Pinterest has images of finishing pie crusts that are fabulous! The crust imprint was created with a spoon! Cool, huh? It’s one of my favorite ways to beautify a crust!

Well, someone forgot to take pictures of the steps, but they are simple enough that you can follow them as listed in the recipe until I make this again. Once you have made the filling, scoop it into the cooled pie crust and spread out evenly, touching the crust’s edges. Chill for a couple of hours so it will be easy to slice and serve. Enjoy this Chocolate Velvet Pie with a smile! NIck had a great one.

Below is the one I created this year for Thanksgiving. I had a little fun at giving it a seasonal flare with my little leaf pastry cutters. This can be adapted to any time of year to celebrate anything where Chocolate is appropriate. I could definitely see this as a Valentine’s Day dessert with little heart cut outs overlaying the crust.

 

Chocolate Velvet Pie
Ingredients
  • 1 - 11.5 oz. pkg. milk chocolate chips
  • 1- 8 oz. ⅓ fat softened cream cheese
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 1- 9 inch prepared pie crust, blind baked and cooled
Instructions
  1. Melt milk chocolate chips in microwave-safe bowl for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. If needed, add an additional 10-15 seconds.
  2. Whip the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form
  3. Mix melted chocolate chips with softened cream cheese until uniformly blended.
  4. Fold in gently, the whipped cream until no streaks remain.
  5. Place in a cooled, pre-baked pie shell.
  6. Spread evenly and chill for a couple of hours before serving so it slices easily.

 


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