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Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday's Finds: {no. 19/10}

~Caramel Chocolate Pie~

A delicious I.D.E.A. to celebrate my hubby, for Father's Day.  I'm not blaming him, although I did ask him to choose, and he choose this dessert over what I thought he would say instead ~  that being New York Style Cheesecake.

But. Hey. I like spontaneity in a man.  I was willing to try a *new* recipe.

Let's just say that L.O.O.K.S. can be deceiving. 

Was it good??  Yes!  Yes, it was. 

Here is the recipe, as I promised for ALL that have been drooling, all week.

~ Caramel Chocolate Pie~

1 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs (about 25 wafers)
1/4 cup butter, melted
30 vanilla caramels ( I used Kraft Caramels)
2 T. butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
6 to 8 oz. of softened cream cheese
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 bar (4 oz.) sweet cooking chocolate
3 T. hot water
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups. heavy whipping cream
2 T. powdered sugar

Chocolate Candy curls (opt.)

Heat oven to 350*.  Mix crumbs and butter.  Press firmly into and against sides and bottom of a 9" pie plate.
Bake for 10 minutes.  Let cool.  (I used graham cracker crumbs instead).

Heat caramels, 2 T. butter and 2 T. water over medium heat, stirring frequently, until caramels are melted.
Pour into crust.  Sprinkle with toasted pecans (I just fried these in a hot frying pan - until you can smell them, NOT BURN them).  Refrigerate for about an hour until chilled.

Beat cream cheese and 1/3 cup powdered sugar until smooth.  Spread over caramel layer, refrigerate.
Heat chocolate and 3 T. hot water over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted.  Cool to room temperature. Stir in vanilla. 

Beat whipping cream and 2 T. powdered sugar in a chilled bowl until stiff.  Reserve 1 1/2 cups.  Fold Chocolate into remaining whipped cream.  Spread over cream cheese layer.  Top with remaining whipped cream and add a few chocolate curls.

You make these by taking a vegetable peeler toward you across the edge of a chocolate bar.  You want the chocolate bar to be at room temp.

** Serve with a smile.


Let's just say - I was mortified.  Thank God, it was just our little family and Grandma Susie... and not a table full of first-time guests, or something.

We never laughed so hard at a dessert - and the effort it took just to get a slice.

Friday's Finds:  This girl needs to be willing to follow a recipe (to the T.) - more often. 

{We think it was the fact that I used graham cracker crumbs instead of the vanilla wafer crumbs.  The caramel was really hard, too.  Not sure.  We did end putting a few pieces into the freezer.  That was really, really good, too.  Watch out, though- you don't want to break a tooth on the caramel.}

At, any rate.

Little Aubrey, just didn't get what was so funny - which made me laugh all the harder.  She just took it for face-value that it was good as good could be. ;)

And, this face says it all... that it was thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed. 


Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!


  1. YUMMMY! Looks scrumptious. The picture of Aubrey is absolutely adorable. Oh that red hair, so beautiful! And Caleb certainly knows how enjoy good cooking! :)

  2. Caramel and Chocolate in the same recipe? What could be better than that? I was looking for a photo of your husband also thoroughly enjoying this pie . . .

  3. The pictures say it ALL!
    Yummy and funny.

  4. That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :) The kids look like they're really enjoying it!


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