It's Oscar weekend and, this year, I've actually seen quite a few of the films nominated for "Best Picture". Knowing that I'm southern, born and bred, it should surprise no one that my favorite was "The Help". It was also the first movie I thought of when thinking of ways to link The Oscars and food. I did tweak Minnie's recipe, just a bit, by substituting Kahlua for her "secret ingredient". I do hope it's just as good... ;)
What's In It:
Your favorite pie crust, baked according to directions.(If you have a fabulous recipe, go for it! If not, I usually use Pillsbury's refrigerated. Trust me, the crust is not the star of this pie...just ask Minnie)
1 1/4 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips(easier to melt)
1/2 stick butter (never margarine)
3 egg whites (Thank you Cleo, Sylvia, Pat and Lucy!)
3 tbs. granulated sugar
1/4 c. Kahlua
3/4 c. heavy whipping cream
1 c. heavy whipping cream
1/4 c. sifted powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla (never imitation)
Chocolate curls or additional mini chocolate chips for garnish
How To Make It:
Melt 1 1/4 c. chocolate chips with Kahlua and butter in double broiler, stirring constantly. Set aside.
Whip egg whites to soft peak stage.
Add granulated sugar and whip until peaks stiffen.
In a separate bowl, whip 3/4 c. whipping cream until stiff.
Gently fold first the egg whites and then the whipping cream into the cooled chocolate mixture and pour into prepared pie crust. Chill.
Whip 1 c. whipping cream until it just begins to stiffen.
Add powdered sugar and vanilla and continue whipping until stiff.
Spread over top of chilled pie and garnish as desired.
Chill for 30 minutes or until set.