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Pi Day

Happy Pi day everyone! While I really don’t care about pi, I do care a whole lot about pie! For some reason, I don’t bake pies very often. But every time I do, I absolutely love them. Here are some of my favorites:

Dreamy Apple Pie. It’s incredible. Eat with ice cream :)

Brownie Nutella Mousse Pie. Soooo fudgey and creamy and nutella-y.

Marshmallow Pie. I always make this pie for Thanksgiving!

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So what kind of pie am I making for today? Well..I’m not (gasp!). My mom bought a pie at the store since I already made a cake  because today is Einstein’s birthday! In Physics we had a project where part of it was making Einstein a birthday cake. There were a lot of impressive cakes! Mine was ummm interesting ;) I’m a baker, not cake decorator for sure!Don’t judge me! Haha I think it would have been better if I had remembered to add eye brows and ears…oh well! Live and learn. I hope you guys have a great pi day!

Brownie Nutella Mousse Pie


This is not an award-winning dessert <– Imagine if I started all my posts like that….I don’t think it’d be a very good way to convince you to make the recipes I post!

Unfortunately, this pie is not an award-winning dessert, but it totally should be.

My church always has a big chili cook-off on Superbowl Sunday and it is awesome. Tons of people bring chili and there are tasty sides and desserts. I like trying all the different types of chili, but my mom’s is always my favorite (she won several years ago and I think that she should win every year!)

A couple of years ago, our youth group started doing a dessert competition at the cook-off. My sister and I both entered this year and we were doing all sorts of smack-talking. I made this Brownie Nutella Mousse Pie and, I have to say, it was really incredible. It should have won, but it didn’t- clearly the judges were crazy ;) My sister made Heath Bar Cupcakes and she won first place! Even though I wanted to win, I was really proud of her because her cupcakes tasted and looked really good. Stay tuned for that recipe coming soon :)

But back to this should-have-won-first-place-pie. It is incredible. It has a chocolate graham cracker crust, a layer of fudgy, gooey, chocolaty brownie, and is topped with a layer of creamy, heavenly nutella mousse. Honestly the nutella mousse could stand on its own. I really enjoyed this and everyone who tried it did, too. I made two pies and they were both gone really fast. I will absolutely make this again and totally think you should, too!

Alright so…I have to ask. Were you happy with the Superbowl outcome? What did you think of the half-time show?

I used to live in Massachusetts so I was rooting for the Patriots. But I thought the game was really good and intense! I don’t ever watch football but I enjoy the Superbowl. As for the half-time show, I thought it was really good. I don’t know why so many people didn’t like it!

Brownie Nutella Mousse Pie

Ingredients:

9 chocolate graham crackers
5 tablespoons melted butter
1 box brownie mix and whatever oil, water, and eggs the package calls for
5 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Nutella, plus more for drizzling
1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare chocolate crust: Crush the graham crackers (either in a food processor or in a ziplock bag with a mallet). Put the graham crackers in a 9-in pie pan and pour the melted butter over it. Use your hands to mix the butter and crumbs together. Press the mixture on the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Bake the crust for 10 minutes.
  3. While the crust is baking, prepare the brownie mix. Pour it into the now-baked crust and bake for 35-45 minutes. The brownie will be set (not giggly) but it will still be a little gooey. Set the brownie aside (or in the fridge) until it cools completely.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, whip the cream, sugar, and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
  5. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, mix Nutella and cream cheese until well combined.
  6. Spoon in 1/3 of the whipped cream and gently fold it into the Nutella. Slowly fold in all the whipped cream (it takes a little while but it is important that you don’t just stir the mixture).
  7. Chill the mousse until the brownie layer is completely cooled.
  8. When the pie is cooled, spread the mousse evenly over the pie.
  9. To make your pie taste extra yummy and look extra fancy drizzle some Nutella over the pie. To do that, microwave a few spoonfuls of Nutella for 10-20 seconds, put it in a ziplock back, cut a small opening in the tip of the bag, and go to town!

Makes one 9-in pie, 8ish pieces (depending on how big you cut them).

Recipe adapted from Sing For Your Supper :)

Enjoy!

Dreamy Apple Pie

Yesterday was an interesting day! I had gotten very little sleep and so I was pretty much a zombie at school. A sleepy zombie. I slept through physics and art history (to be fair, we were watching a movie in art history…about buildings and stuff. I was not the only one who fell asleep). In English we started reading The Dollhouse and I knew I would sleep through it if I was just listening, so I volunteered for a speaking part. I still managed to almost nod-off between lines. I knew I had to do something about this sleepy-ness-nonsense so I took a legit nap in study hall. I was fine for the rest of the day, just super hyper in my delirious sleep-deprived state. Only 8 more days of school before I am out for Christmas!!!

Yesterday evening, I had my interview with a Brown alumni (alumna? alum? alumnaei?) at Starbucks. Many schools allow you to arrange interviews with alumn…uhh people who graduated from that school in the hopes that they’ll get a better sense of who you are. The woman I met with was very nice and we had a very laid-back conversation. She told me a little about her experience at Brown it made me want to go there even more! I should be hearing if I’ve been accepted in just over two weeks which is pretty nerve-wracking. I want to go so bad but I know that if I don’t get in, I’ll go somewhere else and it’ll be great. But I still wanna get in. A lot. As I was driving home, I had to get on the interstate. The sign said that the entrance was in the right lane. So I moved all the way over. To my left. It took me several minutes before I realized that I was on the left instead of right. The girl who just had her Brown interview can’t tell her left from right. Yeah..I’m pretty special.

I’m still not done sharing my Thanksgiving recipes! I’ve already shared the appetizers I made (Hot Spinach dip and Pumpkin pie dip) and I shared the Marshmallow pie I made, but I just had to share this apple pie. I didn’t actually make this pie, my mom did, but it is one of my favoritest pies. I love apple pies in general, but this one is extra special tasty.

So I don’t really like this picture of the apple pie slice. It really just doesn’t do the pie justice. For all you food bloggers out there, do you still post pictures of food even though they’re not your best? Do you try to retake them? Do you just not post that recipe at all? I try to take good pictures, but I’m still learning about food photography so not all the photos I take turn out good. And it can also be hard because a lot of the baking I do is at night where I don’t have pretty natural lighting. I usually try to wait to take the picture the next day, but then I can’t take step by step photos or a picture of the finished product before people eat it. I appreciate all of you guys who have come to my blog and leave comments. It makes me super happy! And any feedback or advice about the photographs (or writing) would be very appreciated :)

I hope you’re able to make this pie sometime soon because it truly is AMAZING! It’s a Pioneer Woman recipe (which explains it’s delicious-ness) so I’m just going to link to her website. My mom follows Pioneer Woman’s recipe, she just left the pecans out of the topping. Either way it’s delicious!

Dreamy Apple Pie

Top it with whipped cream, ice cream, or Pioneer Woman’s hard sauce, or all three! ;)

Enjoy :)

Delicious Marshmallow Pie

Yesterday my family and I started decorating for Christmas! The tree is up, the mantle is decorated, the piano has a beautiful village on it, and the hutch shelf thing in the kitchen has villages and snowmen and all sorts of wonderful things! We have lights outside and everything is just shaping up wonderfully. Sigh :)

But school had to come along and ruin my Christmas mood. Grrr school. Today was my first day back from Thanksgiving break and I was not ready to do any sort of work at all. But some great news is that I am a senior and will be exempt from all my exams! This means I can be done with school early and I don’t have to worry about studying. In past years, exams have always been really stressful for me and I’ve spent a lot of time preparing for them. But this year, I can be done with school on December 9th! Yes you read that correctly! That means that I only have 9 more school days left…I think I can make it.

This recipe I’m sharing today is for Marshmallow Pie. I’ve made this pie for Thanksgiving for the past several years and it’s always a hit. The first year I made it, I was concerned that the pie would be way too sweet, since the main ingredient is marshmallow, but the grated unsweetened chocolate in the marshmallow mixture tones it down. It’s one of my favorite pies ever and it’s really easy to make. This would be the perfect pie for a holiday party or even Christmas celebration!

Mmm :) So tasty! I topped mine with mini chocolate chips just for fun but you don’t have to. I actually like eating it better without the chocolate chips! Here’s how you make it:

Marshmallow Pie

Ingredients for Chocolate Coconut Crust:

10 chocolate graham crackers (5in by 2.5 in each)

1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes, toasted

5-6 tablespoons butter, melted

Ingredients for Marshmallow Filling:

34 large marshmallows

1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)

1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, grated

Chocolate shavings or mini chocolate chips for garnish (optional)

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375º F. Prepare chocolate coconut crust: Break graham crackers into crumbs, either by using a food processor or by placing them in a large plastic bag and beating them with a mallet (I prefer the second method)
  2. Toast the coconut either by placing the coconut on a cookie sheet and putting it in your oven on broil (be careful because it will burn quickly!) or by putting it in a skillet on medium heat and using a spatula to toss it around until golden brown.
  3. In a 9-inch pie plate, mix coconut and graham cracker crumbs together. Add the melted butter and use hands to press mixture on the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Bake the crust for 10 minutes.
  4. While crust is cooling, prepare the marshmallow filling. In a large saucepan or skillet, heat marshmallows and milk over low heat until melted and smooth, stirring constantly. Remove saucepan from heat and cool the mixture completely, about 30 minutes.
  5. When the marshmallow mixture and graham cracker crust is cool, beat the cream in a large bowl with a mixer at medium speed until stiff peaks form. Be careful not to turn the cream into butter.
  6. Stir the marshmallow mixture, making sure it is still smooth and doesn’t have lumps. Fold the mixture into the whipped cream. Fold in the grated chocolate.
  7. Pour the filling into the cooled crust. Refrigerate pie at least 3 hours, or overnight.

And enjoy!

 

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