Sunday, September 12, 2010

Aarti's Chocolate-Ginger Pudding Pie

We love watching the Next Food Network star. I was rooting for Aarti from the very first show. I was thrilled she won!

The only thing I hate is that they always show the winner's new show on Sunday mornings when we are in church. What a bummer.

Thankfully, E found her show On Demand the other day. We were all so excited to finally see it!

She did a great job and her recipes look so good. I love how she takes a traditional American dish and gives it her own twist. It inspires me to try some Indian flavors in my cooking.

Here is her recipe for Chocolate Pie. Sounds so yummy with the ginger added. I cannot wait to try it!
15 chocolate wafer cookies
15 gingersnaps
3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted
Generous pinch salt

2 cups whole milk
3 yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Pinch salt
2 tablespoons chopped candied ginger
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Crust: Crush the cookies in a food processor with the melted butter until almost finely crushed, or in a plastic food storage bag, using a rolling pin). Pour the cookie crumbs into pie dish. Using your hands, smooth out the crumbs to form an even crust on bottom and sides of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely.
Filling: In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together the milk, yolks and vanilla Stir in the sugar, cornstarch, chocolate and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Boil for 1 minute, then immediately remove from heat. Mixture should be very thick! Quickly stir in the ginger, then pour the pudding into the crust. Cover the surface of pie with plastic wrap (to prevent a skin from forming) and chill for 3 hours, until set.
Before serving, whip the cream and sugar together in a small bowl, until soft peaks form. Serve each slice of pie with a dollop of whipped cream, and a light dusting of leftover cookie crumbs, if you have any.

**Recipe courtesy of Aarti via Food Network

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