Sherry White of Nashville, Tenn., was trying to find a recipe for a chocolate icebox pie similar to one she had once in a restaurant in Knoxville, Tenn. Nancy Wade of Lee, Mass., sent in a recipe for a chocolate icebox pie she found on the Web site recipezaar.com. She says, "It is delicious and easy to make."
Icebox pies are truly an old-fashioned treat, but not for anyone counting calories. This recipe was slightly more gourmet than others I received. It is made with real whipped cream, not Cool Whip, and the filling is made from scratch instead of a box of instant chocolate pudding mix. Remember to make this pie the day before you want to serve it so that it has time to set up in the refrigerator.
Chocolate Icebox Pie
Serves 6 to 8
2/3 cup milk
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup cold water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
3 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons butter
one 6-ounce ready-made graham-cracker crust
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
one 1-5/8 ounce Hershey's milk chocolate bar, in pieces
Heat milk in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat until it begins to bubble around edges (do not boil). Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate chips until melted. Cool slightly. Stir together cold water and cornstarch until dissolved. Whisk cornstarch mixture, milk, eggs and vanilla into chocolate mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Boil 1 minute or until thickened and smooth. Do not overcook. Remove from heat and whisk in butter. Spoon mixture into piecrust, cover and chill for at least 8 hours.
Before serving, beat cream at high speed with mixer until foamy; add sugar and beat until soft peaks form. Spread whipped cream over filling, then sprinkle pecans and candy pieces on top.
Per serving (based on 8 servings): 631 calories, 10 grams protein, 39 grams fat, 18 grams saturated fat, 65 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 151 milligrams cholesterol, 237 milligrams sodium
Pat Southard of Front Royal, Va., is searching for a recipe for Frozen Fruit Slush. She knows it contains crushed pineapple, canned peaches, bananas and fresh strawberries and either ginger ale or some sort of lemon-lime soda and possibly some other ingredients. She believes everything gets mixed together, then frozen. You then thaw it partially to serve.
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The nutrition analyses accompanying recipes in today's Taste section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.