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March 5, 2017

White Chocolate Silk Pie (aka Ski Bum Pie)

It's always a pleasant surprise when a recipe comes out even better than you had imagined...

White Chocolate Silk Pie Recipe with a funny story to go with it!

Since some of you have mentioned you find my husband's stories amusing, I thought I would share another one with you.  This time, it involves a pie recipe...

Let me start by saying that this guy is not the easiest person to buy gifts for.  He really doesn't ask for much so every Christmas and birthday I am searching like a lunatic to come up with something creative.  This past birthday, he only requested one thing...

He wanted me to create a white chocolate version of his family's chocolate silk pie recipe.

Easy enough, right?  Well, he wanted it to be very specific.  In fact, one night while we were out to dinner in Vermont, he decided to draw his instructions on a napkin for me...

Pie Planning

In place of the chocolate mousse, he wanted a white chocolate mousse.  (He called it mousse but the family recipe is more of a custard).  He also wanted only half of the pie crust to be Oreo and the other half to be a vanilla wafer pie crust.  Since this was the only gift he actually asked for, I really had to attempt his idea.

I texted my niece the drawing and she sent me her recipe with suggestions to use for his revisions.  We decided to use Vienna Fingers cookies instead of the Vanilla Wafers because we thought the whole thing might end up being too sweet.

Here is the recipe we used:

For the Crust:
8 Oreo Cookies, broken into rough pieces
8 Vienna Fingers Cookies, broken into rough pieces
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

For the Filling:
2 1/2 cups of half and half
1/3 cup of sugar
Pinch of salt
6 large egg yolks
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 6 pieces
7 ounces white chocolate, chopped fine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping:
1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions for Crust:
Adjust oven rack to the middle position and pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Pulse the Oreo cookies in a food processor until ground coarsely.  Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons of the melted butter over the crumbs and pulse again to mix together (about 5 pulses).  Repeat using the Vienna Fingers.  Please note that you are using the whole cookie for these mixtures, not just the outside cookie part.  That's why it's important to use regular Oreos and not Double or Triple Stuff types where the filling would be too much.

Sprinkle the two mixtures evenly into a 9 inch pie dish.  Using the bottom of a measuring cup, press the crumbs into an even layer on bottom and sides of the dish.  Bake 10-15 minutes until set. Transfer the pie dish to a wire rack and cool completely.

Pie Crust using Oreo Cookies - White Chocolate Silk Pie (with a twist)

Instructions for Filling:
Bring half and half, 3 Tablespoons of sugar, and salt to simmer in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally.

As half and half mixture begins to simmer, whisk the egg yolks, cornstarch, and remaining sugar together in a medium bowl until smooth.  Slowly whisk 1 cup of the simmering half and half mixture into the yolk mixture to temper, then slowly whisk the tempered yolk mixture back into the remaining half and half mixture.  Reduce the heat to medium and cook, while whisking, until the mixture is thickened and bubbly on the surface.  (about 30 seconds).  Remove from heat, whisk in butter and white chocolate until completely smooth and melted.  Then stir in vanilla.

Pour the warm filling into the cooled pie crust.  Lay a sheet of plastic wrap directly on top of the filling and refrigerate the pie until the filling is chilled and set.  (About 4 hours).

Instructions for Topping:
Once the pie is chilled, use a mixer to whip the cream, sugar and vanilla on medium-low speed until foamy.  Increase speed until soft peaks form.  (2-3 minutes).  Spread the whipped cream over the pie and serve.

White Chocolate Silk Pie

It only made sense to call the pie, "Ski Bum Pie"!  After all, it is white and was created on a ski trip to Vermont!

The pie ended up being a huge hit at the family birthday dinner for my husband.  I think everyone wanted to try it so they could compare it to the original version.  They may have even loved it more!  I am a chocolate person and even I thought the white chocolate version was amazing!  All I know, is that we didn't have a crumb left over and we may or may not have licked the pie dish!

*If you want to try the original version, just make the whole crust with Oreos and substitute the white chocolate for 6 ounces of semisweet chocolate and 1 ounce of bittersweet chocolate.  By the way, I just discovered that March 6th is National Oreo Cookie Day!  Too funny - they have a day for EVERYTHING, don't they?

If your husband is also difficult to shop for, you could always try getting creative with a recipe!  Or you might want to try doing something like I did for his Christmas presents last year...Getting Creative with the Husband Gifts.  This idea could work for birthdays too!  

Have you revised any family recipes?
Did you know March 6th is 
National Oreo Cookie Day?

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  1. Shelley, what a fun story to go along with your pie creation. It looks and sounds delicious!! Happy Monday!

  2. What a riot! The work was worth it. Looks positively delish. Have a great week, Shelley.

  3. That sounds so delicious. Love the napkin instructions.

  4. I know it was good with all the ingredients. Funny story about the drawing and sweet you persevered making it just as requested.

  5. Oh this looks delicious. Thanks for sharing with us at #OvertheMoon Link Party. I've pinned and shared.

  6. I missed the official National Oreo Cookie day but I can always make up for it with this pie. The napkin drawing is too cute!

  7. Your hubby might be on to something with the half and half crust. Kind of makes me think of a black and white cookie in crust form. This sounds really good. Might try this out as an Easter dessert!

  8. Looks good, looks tasty and that's a neat trick with teh half and half.

    But I am still laughing with the low tech drawing. I do those all the time myself. :)

  9. How fun!! I'm glad the pie turned out for your husband! I'll have to give this a try too. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at Snickerdoodle! Pinned to share! Have a great week Shelley!

  10. Wonderful!! Your husband is a lucky man...and we are lucky that you shared this special recipe! Hope you are staying warm in this snow! xoxo


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