Monday, July 9, 2012

After Eight Pie. Piece of Mint chocolate heaven

Minty Fresh © Cookaroo 
Chocolate and mint. It's a combination that I hold right up there (if you could see my right now, you'd know what I mean). It stands high along with gorgonzola and caramelised onion, maple and walnut and yes also a baguette and butter.

I love Mint chocolate Baileys. I love after eights. And I especially love mint chocolate chip ice cream. One of my most favourite flavours in the world. So I wasn't surprised about how good this turned out to be. If anything, I'd make the biscuit base - a chocolate sable the next time.


To be honest, this was a total accidental dessert. My friend, Mr M had given me a book on Goan cuisine a couple of days ago and I was completely taken in the Goan  Portuguese Dessert Serradura. It was so simple to put together and I had everything in the fridge. Well, except butterscotch essence. And to be honest, I thought I could make a hot butterscotch sauce to top it with. 


Strange as it was - there was melted butter on the counter, crushed biscuits in a bag in my cookie jar (leftover from some cheesecake I'd made earlier), half a tin of condensed milk (thanks to Blog Hop, where I was trying a new recipe) and just enough whipped cream in the freezer. 

So when I started putting this together, I felt that something boozy would make this dessert even better. I wish I had some Dooleys, but ya, no point making a wish to a bar that's filled with Coffee liquor thanks to my tiramisu obsession. But I suddenly remembered I had a bottle of creme de menthe. As I pulled it out, the recipe sort of started forming in my head. I had mint chocolate baileys in my fridge, chocolate ganache in the freezer. A quick chat with my sister and brother-in-law, who were over last night, and it was the dessert to go to.

Because a lot of the things I had were pre-prepared, it took me less than 4 minutes to put it together. But I am assuming even if things weren't, it would have taken me 15 minutes at the most.

So while my friend N thinks anything minty, well, tastes like toothpaste. This definitely doesn't. I've used both Mint extract and creme de menthe, and yes, there's a fresh taste to it but no, NOT like toothpaste at all. The only change I am going to make the next time, or recommend is to use chocolate biscuits instead of Marie

Breathe right  © Cookaroo 
Chocolate Mint Pie a.k.a After Eight Pie
Serves 8

Ingredients

150 gms biscuits (20 pieces) I used Marie
3 tblsps melted butter
6 tblsps Mint chocolate Baileys
150 ml whippable cream
200 ml condensed milk
1 tsp pure mint extract
3 tblsp creme de menthe
3 drops edible food colour in green
100 gms dark chocolate
100 ml cream

Directions

1. First crush the biscuits and add melted butter to it. Press it down into a pie dish and keep in the freezer until you get the rest of the things ready.

2. Chop the chocolate and leave it aside. Heat 100 ml of cream in a heatproof bowl in the microwave, till it boils and pour it over the chocolate. Set it aside for a couple of minutes. Stir gently to ensure it becomes a thick sauce.

3. Whip 150 ml cream in a chilled bowl till you get stiff peaks. Add condensed milk, creame de menthe, mint extract and green colour. Stir till they converge together. Set aside.

4. Bring the pie dish out. Pour the Mint chocolate Baileys over it. Then spread the mint mixture over it. Blast it in the freezer for 10 minutes.

5. Pour the ganache over the pie. And let it sit for 2 hours or better still overnight in the freezer before serving. Serve to people you love.

Note: The pie will not freeze but will set really beautifully in the freezer


Pie for you? © Cookaroo 
And I'm sending this to Patty's Made with Love at Colours Dekor


11 comments:

  1. Hmmmm.... how do u manage to keep that weight off?? Am not a big fan of mint but love after eight. This dessert looks very delicious and creamy! Must try:)

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    1. :) I don't! You've got to teach me how!

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  2. Lovely looking dessert. I love the mint-chocolate combination too. Have you tried the York Peppermint Patty? It is to die for :-)

    Aparna

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    1. I lurrve lurrve Peppermint Patty.But so hard to get here in Delhi

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  3. Oh my this looks awesome :) loved the color combo

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    1. No othere way to believe thats its mint! Green food colouring it is then!

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  4. Oh my gosh.. that look sooooooooooooooooo divine... What a deadly combination.. mint and chocolate... sounds *sigh*... yuuummmm....

    Thank you for linking into Made with Love :)

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  6. I just left a comment. Seems it went into spam...

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