Sunday, November 11, 2007

Grasshopper Pie

A favorite of mine ever since I was a kid on Cape Cod. Lot of memories associated with this one.

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup sugar, divided
1/8 t. salt
2 eggs separated
1 1/4 cups milk
1/2 t. peppermint flavoring
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
Green food coloring
Whipped Cream

Mix gelatin, 1/4 cup sugar, and salt in medium saucepan. Beat together egg yolks and milk; stir into gelatin mixture. Place over low heat; stir constantly until gelatin dissolves and mixture thickens slightly, about five minutes. Remove from heat; stir in peppermint flavoring. Chill, stirring occasionally, until mixture mounds slightly when dropped from spoon. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry; gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until very stiff. Fold into gelatin mixture; fold in whipped cream. Add enough green food coloring to make delicate green shade. Turn into Chocolate Crumb Shell. Chill until firm. Garnish with whipped cream.

Chocolate Crumb Shell

1 1/4 cup chocolate wafer crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup melted butter

Combine ingredients and press into bottom and sides of 9" pie plate. Bake at 400 for 5 minutes. Cool.