The goal of the club is to create a new and unique pie each month. This month's theme was "I Love that Movie!". When I originally told Mike about the theme he came up with my pie idea immediately -- Sleepless in Seattle Mocha Pie.
Mike doesn't like coffee and he only tolerates Sleepless in Seattle, but it is one of my favorite movies of all time. How can you not fall in love with little Jonah? And the flashback with Tom Hanks and his late wife in front of Wrigley Field.... That is what my dreams are made of... Anyway, I digress, can you think of a better pie for a sleepless night than one with a little kick of java to keep you going. :)
It was very rainy here yesterday. Maybe I was channeling Seattle...
I took my favorite French Silk Pie and modified the recipe to create my version of:
Sleepless in Seattle Mocha Pie
You will need: 1 cup butter 1 1/2 cup sugar 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled 4 eggs 2 Tbsp. instant coffee pre-baked pie crust (Dorie's is always good) whipped cream (heavy whipping cream and sugar)
Allow the butter to soften slightly. Beat sugar and butter until sugar is not grainy. It is very important that you beat this step long enough - otherwise your pie will not have the silky texture it needs.
While the butter and sugar are mixing, melt 2 ounces of bittersweet chocolate in the microwave and let it cool. In a small bowl, beat one of the eggs and add the instant coffee to dissolve.
When the butter and sugar are smooth in texture, add the chocolate, then the coffee/egg mixture. Beat for 3 minutes. Then add each additional egg, beating for 3 minutes after each addition.
Pour your filling into a pre -baked pie crust that has cooled. Be sure to scrape the bowl and get all of the mocha goodness. :) Place the pie in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Before serving, whip up a batch of homemade whipped cream. It's really easy! Just beat 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and once it starts to form peaks, add 2 Tbsp. of sugar.
I topped the pie with chocolate chips. Viola! Sleepless in Seattle Mocha Pie!