December 3, 2008

Cool Yule Pie


Even though the malls have been playing Jingle Bells for weeks, and Starbucks switched to holiday cups the day after Halloween, we have a strict rule in my house that no Christmas music will be played until Thanksgiving day. Then, its non-stop until New Years Eve! I love Christmas music and have quite a lot of it so picking a favorite song, that would also translate into pie form for December's You Want Pie's With That, was tough. Scanning my itunes library, today desperate for ideas, I started listening to Cool Yule by Louis Armstrong and inspiration finally struck- Cool Yule Chocolate Peppermint Pie! It starts with chocolate wafer cookie crust, a layer of mint chip ice cream, and then topped off with rich dark chocolate ganache. It's like a peppermint patty from your freezer!


Cool Yule Pie
1 package chocolate wafers
2 tbsp melted butter
1 pint mint chip ice cream, softened
5 oz semisweet chocolate pieces
1/4 cup heavy cream
pinch of salt

Using a food processor (or brute force) grind up chocolate wafers. In a medium bowl, combine with melted butter, then pat into a 9 inch tart pan. Carefully spread softened ice cream over the crust, filling the pan almost to the top. Freeze for at least an hour, until set.

In a medium saucepan, bring heavy cream and salt to a bowl, then pour over chocolate pieces and whisk until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Let cool to room temperature.

Using a spatula, spread the ganache over the tart and return to the freezer to set for at least another ten minutes before serving.

14 comments:

Mary Ann said...

I would love this-peppermint patties are my fave candy. It looks yummy- perfectly cool and frosty! My hubby is the same way with the Christmas music, it is not allowed until Turkey day is over!

Tammy said...

wow, that looks fabulous!

Kate said...

The peppermint candy cane heart is a perfect way to garnish your pie. Great idea!

vibi said...

I love Armstrong! Very nice pick, Beryl! ...and a totaly inventetive and creative little yule/tartelette/pie! LOL

doughmesstic said...

What a great idea! Nicely done!

Jacque said...

Mmmm, that sounds delicious! I like how it looks so chocolatey too. Nice job!

Myamii said...

it looks so cute! ..and yummy!

hannehanne said...

This made me remember that my favourite ice cream of the year is about to arrive in supermarkets-- candy cane ice cream! There's one version that has chunks of chocolate in it-- it's like an ice cream version of your pie. Maybe I should skip the ice cream and try the pie instead.

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Looooove chocolate and peppermint together. Every year, when the peppermint ice cream goes on sale, I hoard a few gallons to eat with hot fudge sauce later. This pie is genius.

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Oh, I've been meaning to say something to you about "Boston Legal," too. Jeff and I are huge fans, and we're really going to miss it–the characters and the writing and those end-of-episode scenes with Denny and Alan. We'll probably wind up watching the big finale with my grandmother. She's all about Shatner. Anyway, there's nothing like "Boston Legal" on TV. Congratulations on being part of such a great show.

Carrie said...

Mmmm... this pie looks so yummy! I love the ice cream! Great idea! :-)

Barbara said...

Oh, what a great idea! So yummy and not hard to do, either. I admit that I seem to have developed an "allergy" to most Christmas music, but I'll always make an exception for Louis Armstrong!

bakingwiththeboys said...

I love chocolate and peppermint together. This is perfect! (we have the same rule about the music in our house, too).

Haley said...

Mmmm... this sounds delicious!! I love peppermint patties, so I will definitely be trying this out... so simple as well :)

I would love to write about your peppermint pie on The Back Burner! If you are interested send me an email at haley@keyingredient.com

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