The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun. There are so many reasons for me to be thankful for this year. I am thankful for my family, our health, my job, and so much more! What are you thankful for this year?
I can’t wait for Thursday! My In-laws make the best Thanksgiving dinner. There is always one complaint from my husband, never about the dinner…just dessert. Traditionally, we always have apple pie and pumpkin pie, no complaints here because I love both! My husbands favorite pie is pecan pie and every year I make him his own pie for Thanksgiving.
I have made many different recipes for pecan pie. I tried traditional pecan pie, Paula Deen’s bourbon pecan pie…each tastes great! I recently found a recipe that may be the best yet! Bourbon, Chocolate & Walnut Pecan Pie and the recipe was right under my nose, in my cookbook, “It’s all American Food” by David Rosengarten.
oddly enough i wanted chocolate truffles in the middle of the day so i decided to save some money and use what I had around the kitchen. even odder was that i had the majority of the ingredients in my cabinet:
12 oz bittersweet chocolate (a bag of bittersweet choco-chips work just fine)
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1.5 tbl grand marnier (I did a little more)
pinch of coarse salt
some zest of orange
a small bowl of unsweetened cocoa powder (or powder sugar)
over medium heat and in a small sauce pan, bring the pinch of salt, heavy cream, and orange zest just to a boil.
remove from heat quickly and add chocolate and the grand marnier.
stir until the mixture is smooth… you’ve made ganache! you could stop here and just eat but the fun part comes when you try to make martha stewart perfectly round balls! good luck.
chill the ganache until you can roll into balls.
roll into balls quickly then drop into the cocoa powder and chill.
my husband did not like the cocoa powder coating but i did. just the other day i had a truffle with sugar powder coating and it was slightly sweet and mixed nicely with the dark chocolate. i know it will pair very well with the grand marnier and maybe lighten up the bitterness of the orange zest. i am no cocoa-connoisseur but i am practicing.
when it’s hot out and there is no way in hell you’re gonna fire up that electric oven… i suggest pudding pies! it’s so easy and takes no time at all… and very little resources too!
trader joe’s (yes, that place again!) has five minute instant puddings! in a bind i mixed the vanilla pudding and the chocolate pudding to get a bigger pie and i think it became chocolatier…
2 boxes of trader joe’s instant pudding
oreo cookie pre-made pie crust (not at trader joes)
two percent milk or whole milk for thicker, creamier pudding
mix the pudding according to directions for pie mix.
pour pie mix into the oreo cookie already made pie crust
put in fridge for about an hour or three (if you can wait that long)
sorry for the blurry picture... it tastes great!