Thursday, June 7, 2012

White Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Pie

White chocolate. Semi-sweet chocolate. Hazelnut chocolate. You would think so much chocolate would make an ultra treacly, heavy dessert. Not so. This is a great light, airy dessert for summer. I started with Giada De Laurentiis's white chocolate hazelnut tartlet recipe and transformed it into a pie recipe.

1 9-inch prepared pie crust*
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
2/3 cup homemade chocolate-hazelnut spread (or Nutella)
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, garnish

In a small saucepan, heat the white chocolate and 1/4 cup cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir continually until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat, pour into a large bowl, and allow to cool to barely lukewarm. Do not put it in the fridge to hurry along the process. I made this mistake; it makes the next step difficult. 

In another large bowl, beat the remaining 1 1/4 cup cream into medium-firm peaks with a hand mixer. Fold the whipped cream into the cooled white chocolate. Cover and place in the refrigerator until cold, approximately an hour.

Spread the chocolate-hazelnut on the bottom of your cooled pie crust. Pour the white chocolate cream on top. Garnish by sprinkling the mini chocolate chips on top.

*For the pie crust I used Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust and prepared it according to package directions. I usually make my pastry from scratch. You could also use a graham cracker crust.



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