Chocolate Cream Pie… and gilding the lily

23 Jun

Tuesday evening I left my home in Oregon to take a red-eye flight across the county to “release” my Dad from the rehab facility where he’s been for the last couple of months.  The folks there say that he has reached the goals that they had set for him and that he is ready to find another place to live.  Trouble is, my Dad can’t really live alone right now and the “assisted living” place that we visited left much to be desired.   So, in a few days Dad will come and stay with me for a while.   I’ll share more about that at another time… suffice it to say that this will be a tremendous challenge for both of us.

In the time before I left, I really needed to spend some time making a pie.  It’s my way of finding my “center.”   One of my favorite types of pies is Chocolate Cream Pie and, in fact, the last two pies I have made were of this type. One pie was given to honor a new baby named “Chloe” (Congratulations to Carla and Brandon and big sister Sophia!) and the other was given to a family that I had learned was leaving the area after having been here for too short a time.   They were moving back to the mid-west to be nearer to family and as I listened to their story, I heard a touch of sadness at the prospect of leaving and knew that a pie would help ease the transition.   I mean, really, how could it not?

untopped chocolate cream pieb

When I make chocolate cream pie, I follow a recipe much like this one (but mine uses a bit of half and half in addition to the milk).   Once the filling is placed in the cookie crust (I use crushed Oreo’s or these by Newman’s Own), you must let it cool completely.  To finish the pie,  I begin by making sweetened whipped cream.  Occasionally I  will add a splash of Kahlua to the whipped cream instead of vanilla for a more scrumptious taste… but a spoonful of vanilla works just fine too.

Once the cream is whipped, I spoon it into a pastry bag fitted with a star tip and then I pipe it onto the cooled pie.  Now, here is where some folks differ in what should happen next.   I think the pie looks fine as it is… but somehow I can never leave well enough alone.  Instead, I prefer to top it with a pile of chocolate shavings or a drizzle of melted chocolate or even by topping it with chocolate covered espresso beans. Someone close to me refers to this habit of mine as “gilding the lily“.    I’d love to know what you think!

chocolate cream pie before adding chocolate shavings

 

chocolate cream pie with chocolate shavings

 

chocolate cream pie with drizzlePhotos from Karen's camera 406

 

The superfluous, a very necessary thing.
Voltaire

 

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7 Responses to “Chocolate Cream Pie… and gilding the lily”

  1. Ellen W Grush June 23, 2013 at 9:04 AM #

    Dear karen, Wow! This will be challenging. Wish I could be there to lend a hand. Please give yourself permission to call anytime. There’ll be times you’ll want to blow off steam, or share a thought or whatever. Call me, ok? Love Ellen

    Sent from my iPhone

    • pieadaygiveaway June 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM #

      Thanks Ellen… will do! BTW, how is Ann? Is there a new baby to snuggle? Love to you all!

  2. William Cerf June 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM #

    Gilding the lili with extra chocolate and chocolate shaving is just fine with me.

    • pieadaygiveaway June 23, 2013 at 8:55 PM #

      Thanks William! I like that one too… but I also like the chocolate covered espresso beans. Soooo good!

  3. Donna June 23, 2013 at 2:16 PM #

    I like the “all white” pie. It would look great on any plate – for a minute or so. Ha.

    • pieadaygiveaway June 23, 2013 at 8:54 PM #

      Donna, you are sweet to say so! We’ll have to try one of those pies at the farm on the 30th! Will you be there?

  4. Debbie June 23, 2013 at 8:33 PM #

    They all look scrumptious! My favorite is with chocolate shavings. Sorry I missed you on your last “pass” through Ashland. Even though your Dad will be here, hopefully we’ll be able to sneak in a walk sometime soon! Sending loving thoughts your way for a sale trip home.

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