Tasty Tuesday – Pie vs. Cheesecake

For those of you planning a Valentine’s Night dinner what are you going to serve for dessert? I don’t know about you, but for me that is the best part of the meal. I know that everyone has their own tastes, but here are two great options that should appeal to the masses. (Maybe not their hips, but at least their stomachs!)

First up is one of my all time favorites:

French Silk Chocolate Pie

Before going in the fridge to set up.

If you have never had this before picture a kinda firm creamy mousse. This was the total bane of my pregnancy because it was one of my top cravings, but also off limits because of the raw eggs. *Health note – If you are elderly, pregnant, infirm, or a small child, eating anything containing raw eggs is frowned upon. Sorry, but if this applies to you look for a recipe that uses a pasteurized egg substitute like this one. I’m just not sure how it will taste.* If you are a rebel like me, laugh in the face of eggy danger and try the one below

1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup white sugar
3 (1 oz) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 prepared 8 inch pie crust

Cream butter in a mixing bowl.
Gradually beat in sugar with an electric mixer until light and well blended.
Stir in the chocolate and vanilla extract.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating 5 min. after each addition, on med-high speed with the whisk attachment. (I’m impatient, but this is important. at least 4)
Spoon chocolate filling into pie crust.
Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

I like to make real whipped cream to swirl on top of mine:
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
Beat on high, using the whisk attachment until soft peaks form.
While I am normally all about rolling out your own crusts, or crunching up those graham crackers, in this case I LOVE the Keebler Ready Crust in Shortbread. I just tastes extra “I shouldn’t be eating this” good!
Now for all those non-chocoholics out there (What is wrong with you?? lol) there is a customizable cheesecake base here. (Gotta love Allrecipes!) This is one that I haven’t tried before, but I’m planning to make the Reese’s cup version for Ant this weekend. I really like that they show you 10 different options, but if you are willing to experiment you could use this recipe to make your very own signature cheesecake. We have a Cheesecake Factory nearby with 35 different flavor options it would be amazing to replicate them in your very own kitchen! (My head is filled with sampler cakes that would make the hubby gain 50 lbs. hehe)

I’ll post my pictures and Ant’s opinion of this version of the cake this weekend, but if you give any of the flavors a try (or invent your own) please let me know how it turns out. I’m going to try my hardest, but this new apartment oven seems to run a little hot and I am a bit nervous. I’m bound to mess this up somehow. 

(Update: The Reese’s cup version has finally been made and Ant says it is “Fantastic!”. He isn’t really the descriptive sort, so when I pressed him all I got was “It tastes like a really good cheesecake. I don’t know what else to say.” Well. I guess that will have to do. Maybe he’ll take some to the office and they’ll give me better feedback. But for now we know it is at least edible!)

On a totally random note, you know when you have one of those ideas that you just have to share? We’ll I’m sure this has been done before, but to all the mom’s. If you have a toddler who Hoovers their snacks and come right back for more give this a try. 

I filled the holes of this silicon ice cube tray from Ikea with her puffies or cheerios, and it makes her slow down while also working on her coordination. This donut shaped one seems to keep her busy longest and I find it hilarious how much it resembles these dog bowls. Luckily she hasn’t figured out that she can flip it over yet, but (while it lasts) it gives me 10 min. to get something done. And if she finishes and starts chewing on the tray that’s ok too.

Stop by tomorrow and catch some Valentine’s Day Cooties!
♥Momma Tart

Running Tally:
#38 – French Silk Chocolate Pie
#39 – Customizable Cheesecake

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