Chocolate Pudding Pie with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream

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A little last minute, I know, but here is my better-late-than-never #ECOMilkComp entry:

Chocolate Pudding Pie with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream, on Rooibos-Vanilla Graham Cracker Crust.

Pudding Filling:

Rooibis-Vanilla Graham Cracker Crust:

Peanut Butter Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup organic heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • 2 tablespoons smooth organic peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons Just Us organic sugar

Step-by-Step Recipe Instructions (follow along in the photo gallery below):

Do the graham cracker crust first. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pulse the crackers, butter, salt, tea and vanilla in a food processor until combined. Press firmly into a 9 or 9.5-inch pie plate (with nonstick spray). Bake until fragrant and edges are golden, about 12 minutes. Let cool.

Next, the chocolate pudding filling. Whisk together cornstarch, sugar and salt in a 2-quart heavy saucepan, then gradually whisk in the milk. Place it on the stove. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly, then boil (you will see bubbles and feel it start to thicken at this point), keep whisking for about two minutes, until the consistency of thick pudding. Remove from heat, and immediately whisk in all the finely chopped dark chocolate, and vanilla until smooth.

Pour filling into cooled shell and chill, its surface covered with plastic wrap, until cold, at least two hours. I did mine overnight.

Lastly, the peanut butter whipped cream. This one is easy. If you have a mixer, attach the whisk, pour the heavy cream in, add peanut butter and sugar, then mix on medium-fast until you have stiff whipped cream. You can also whisk by hand.

Top the pie with your whipped cream, and enjoy!

Blogging Pays Off

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Last week I finally got to take advantage of this super-glamourous blogger lifestyle that I lead.

(Saracasm.)

Seriously though — I did do something quite fun and exciting. I was asked to participate in the Ford Fiesta Media Drive (a.k.a. Let’s Fiesta) event in Ottawa-Hull, and was flown there on Ford’s dime. They even put me up at the gorgeous Hilton Lac-Leamy, on the 17th floor with a lake view. The trip was very whirl-wind (only two nights)… but I managed to pack in some great Quebec food, lots of fast driving, and plenty of fun, new contacts in the blogging world.

Jonathan at trustednerd.com was my driving partner for the day. The types of bloggers who attended spanned from tech, to lifestyle, to parenting. Luckily for me and some of the other food bloggers, edible treats were a big part of the day.

Smoked seafood at Chelsea Smoked House, outside Gatineau.

Smoked seafood at Chelsea Smoked House, outside Gatineau.

Check out the slide show below for highlights of the day, driving the Ford Fiesta, and some of the snacks I managed to fit in. You will notice we had an amazing closing night gala with a carnival theme. Yes, there was a giant hot wheels track, arcade racing games and more. Good times.

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As I should mention, the Fiesta was super fun to drive. We had a bright red hatchback. There was a built-in screen with navigation, and easy syncing to your smart phone to wirelessly play your own music, or make a phone call… and there’s even an option to have it read your text messages aloud. Good for those addicted to their phones, like myself.

Update: Here’s a video post of our day from the official Ford Blog. Including me answering interview questions!