Sunday, January 1, 2012

Turtle Pie

The other day we went to dinner at the Hays House. This is a local restaurant in our small town and one of the oldest continually operating taverns in the US. Great atmosphere and even better food. If you ever travel along the Santa Fe Trail, stop in here for lunch. And always, always, save room for dessert. They have the most amazing pies. This is actually what got me hooked on real whipped cream. I will never be the same.

The Girl wanted dessert. She always wants dessert. So do I, but I try not to give in that much. Anyway, my only requirement was that she share.

She picked the Turtle Pie.

All I can tell you is that it was so amazing that we came home and immediately set about creating our own recipe.

Cream a package of cream cheese with 3/4 cup powdered sugar and 1/4 cup powdered cocoa.
 Fold in 2 cups of whipped cream.
 Add a layer of toasted pecan to the bottom of a baked pie crust.
 Cover those pecans with caramel sauce. I used homemade, but you could use ice cream topping, too.
 Pour the cream cheese mixture over the caramel. Chill for about an hour until it all sets up.
 I had quite a bit of filling left over, so I made popsicles.

The pie was amazing. The popsicles were amazing. Everything just melts in your mouth. This could possibly be my favorite dessert ever. And I like a LOT of desserts.

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Turtle Pie
1 Baked Pie Crust
8 ounces Cream Cheese
3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
2 Tablespoons Milk
2 Cups Heavy Cream, whipped with a little sugar to sweeten
1/4 Cup Roasted Pecans

Beat the cream cheese, cocoa powder and powdered sugar until smooth. Add the milk. Beat the mixture until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Set aside the remaining whipped cream in the refrigerator. Add pecans in a layer at the bottom of the baked pie crust. Pour caramel sauce over pecans. Pour cheese mixture over the caramel. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until the pie is set.