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Betty’s St. Patrick’s Day Grasshopper Pie

In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make St. Patrick’s Day Grasshopper Pie. The only connection this pie has to St. Patrick’s Day is that it is a gorgeous green color. The pie is made of marshmallows, crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and whipped cream. It is served in a Chocolate Crumb Pie Crust and garnished with sweetened whipped cream, chocolate curls, and green maraschino cherries.

Ingredients:

1 baked Chocolate Crumb Pie Crust (You will find a recipe for this in bettyskitchen. If you prefer, you may use a ready-made chocolate pie crust.)
32 large marshmallows
2/3 cup milk
¼ cup crème de menthe (You may substitute 1 tablespoon mint flavoring for a non-alcoholic version.)
3 tablespoons white (clear) crème de cacao—or crème de cocoa (You may substitute 2 teaspoons white chocolate flavoring for a non-alcoholic version. If you cannot find white, the color of the chocolate flavoring will darken the coloring of the finished pie.)
1 ½ cups chilled whipping cream
½ cup additional chilled whipping cream
small amount of confectioner’s sugar
dark chocolate curls or shavings (You will find a Quick Tip on making chocolate curls in bettyskitchen.)
green maraschino cherries

Heat 32 marshmallows with 2/3 cup milk in a saucepan over low to medium heat, stirring constantly until marshmallows are melted. Reduce heat if the sauce begins to stick to the bottom of the saucepan, and continue to stir continuously. (If the sauce sticks to the saucepan, it will brown slightly, causing small brown flecks in your pie mixture.) Chill sauce until thickened. Blend in ¼ cup crème de menthe and 3 tablespoons white (clear) crème de cacao. Use a mixer to beat 1 ½ cup whipping cream until stiff. Fold whipped cream into marshmallow mixture. Pour into baked chocolate crumb crust. With a mixer, beat ½ cup whipping cream until stiff. Add confectioner’s sugar, to taste. Place dollops of sweetened whipped cream evenly in a pattern on top of pie. Sprinkle chocolate curls or shavings on top of the whipped cream (or over the entire top of the pie). Place a green maraschino cherry on top of each dollop of whipped cream. Place pie in the refrigerator for 4 hours (or more), so that it will become firm. Cut individual slices and place them on nice dessert plates. This is a showy, dramatic dessert that tastes wonderful, and it allows you to have something green for dessert on Saint Patrick’s Day! I hope you enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day Grasshopper Pie! Love, Betty ♥♥♥♥♥

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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Betty's Kitchen

 

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Betty’s Chocolate Lover’s Mousse

A chocolate mousse.

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Chocolate Lover’s Mousse. This mousse has a rich chocolate flavor and looks gorgeous. It is quite simple to make and is very elegant, particularly during the holiday season.

Ingredients:

8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (You may use milk chocolate chips, if you want a milder flavor.)
1 tablespoon butter
2 ½ cups very cold whipping cream, divided
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
whipped topping for garnish
maraschino cherries with stems for garnish
fresh mint leaves, for garnish

Melt 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips along with 1 tablespoon butter in the top of a double boiler. Remove from heat. Whisk ½ cup whipping cream into the melted chocolate/butter mixture, forming a smooth, glossy dark chocolate cream. Let the chocolate cream sit for about 5 minutes to cool a little. After about 5 minutes, pour 1 pint (2 cups) very cold whipping cream into a large mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer to beat the cream until it is frothy. Add 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar, and continue to beat the cream until it forms soft peaks. Place ¼ of the sweetened whipped cream into the chocolate cream. Mix quickly until the whipped cream and chocolate cream are completely combined. Now transfer the mixture to the large bowl of sweetened whipped cream. Gently fold, until completely combined. Now, spoon chocolate mousse into about 8 dessert dishes. Cover each with plastic wrap and refrigerate anywhere from 2 hours up to 48 hours before serving. When ready to serve, Place a dollop of whipped topping on top of each dish of mousse. Put a stemmed maraschino cherry in the middle of the whipped topping. Place a sprig of fresh herb in the whipped topping to finish the garnishing. These are absolutely gorgeous when served! They are great for the holiday season, because you can make them ahead, and do very little work to prepare the garnish at serving time. This Chocolate Lover’s Mousse is timeless and elegant. I hope you like it! Happy Holiday Season! –Betty ♥♥♥♥♥

As I mentioned in this video, one of my videos from bettyskitchen was selected to be in ifood.tv’s Thanksgiving eCookbook! This is a beautiful e-cookbook with color pictures and recipes for a bountiful Thanksgiving meal. I’m sure you will want to check it out. I will put a link on my channel page to the cookbook, and provide any information about the cookbook that I can. I am honored to have one of my recipes in such a gorgeous and useful e-cookbook.
Notes:
– The cookbook has 18 recipes and 4 useful Thanksgiving articles on how to carve a turkey, what to do with leftovers, and Thanksgiving cocktails
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Betty's Kitchen, Chocolate, Sweets

 

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Whipped Cream Chef Tips

Chef Jason Hill of http://www.CookingSessions.com shows you how to make whipped cream in this episode of “Chef Tips.”

This homemade whipped cream recipe uses 2 1/2 cups of chilled heavy cream, which is placed inside a col mixing bowl. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of white sugar, followed by 2 teaspoons of vanilla (if you want a chantilly cream, which was invented in France during the 1800s). You make make whipped cream without the vanilla, but I think it adds a nice flavor.

Next, using a figure-8 motion with your hand, continually whisk to incorporate air into the cream, about 5 minutes. Or you can use a mixer. Whipped cream dispensers require nitrous oxide inside a whipped cream charger. As a result, I prefer whipping cream by hand instead of using the whipped cream dispenser.

Now you can impress your friends by showing them how to make whipped cream from scratch. This keeps well in the refrigerator, and if it flattens down slightly, simply whisk it up again when you’re ready to use it.

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2011 in Chef Tips & Tricks

 

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