Sunday, December 12, 2010
This week's Project Pastry Queen dish was chosen by the fabulous Tara of Smells Like Home. The original recipe is for Grasshopper Pie, but one of the "Rather Sweet" Variations is to turn the pie into parfaits. I opted to do this because Joey and I do not need a whole pie sitting around, waiting to be eaten. So I halved the recipe and made parfaits instead. And don't they look so pretty and festive?
This recipe is pretty simple: Oreo pie crust, minty marshmallow filling, hot fudge sauce. And since everyone is pretty crazy for chocolate + mint around the holidays, this would be a great dessert to take to a potluck or dinner party. Especially since it can be made weeks ahead and is served frozen.
I didn't really make many changes - mostly I just added more mint flavor because I felt like it was more of a "mint essence" on its own. First, I used Candy Cane Joe Joes from Trader Joe's for half the oreos. And let me just stop for a minute and say that if you have a Trader Joe's nearby, get yourself there as soon as possible and buy these. If an Oreo and a Thin Mint had a love child, it would be a Candy Cane Joe Joe. So addictive.
So like I was saying, I used half classic oreos and half Joe Joes. I also added a little extra Creme de Menthe to the marshmallow filling as well as to the chocolate sauce. And as a side note, the recipe calls for green Creme de Menthe, but given my tendency to skim the ingredients before going to the store, I bought clear. I thought "no big deal, they'll just be white and black instead of green and black." But what I failed to realize is that the filling has 2 egg yolks in it, therefore has a yellow-ish tinge that wasn't so attractive. I just added a few drops of green food coloring though, and it turned out just fine.
To turn the pie into parfaits, simply crush the oreos, then layer the oreos, hot fudge sauce, and marshmallow filling in glasses. You want at least 2 layers of each component. Freeze for at least 3 hours, and serve with more hot fudge sauce.
Tara has the full recipe posted on her blog. Check it out for a fun holiday pie, or turn it into elegant parfaits. Next week: Rocket Rolls!