I'm so very sorry for my absence! Had I been more organised I would have scheduled some post during our transatlantic move, but it all happened so last minute! Our visas came through two Saturday's ago (finally!) and we booked our flights that same day and then left a week later! We have been in Vancouver for 5 days now and there aren't enough superlatives to completely describe just how amazing this place is! I knew I was going to love it, but I love it even more than I thought I would!
I'm working on a monster post incorporating all our pictures from our first few days and if you're interested you can follow along with our Canadian adventures over on my other blog...also I've done something I never usually do. We've been without internet and the blogs were mounting up in my google reader so today when I logged on and it said I had 737 unread posts I clicked 'mark all as read'. Shocking, I know, but that number was just way too many for me to get through but if you have blogged something super awesome in the past few days you know I would have loved then please be sure to leave me a comment and I'll check it out!!
Now let's talk about pie...
Chocolate Oreo Fudge Cream Pie, to be exact!
I had a little farewell dinner with my best friend Jade the other weekend. She was going to be cooking up a Mexican feast and so I said I'd bring dessert. I told her to tell me 3 of her favourite flavours so I could bake up something delicious, she came back with something like lemon, blackcurrant and something else that was fruity and then she added that she might like to substitute one of those for Oreo! Now I love a fruity bake every now and then, but I was wanting something decadent so I went with the Oreo.
I knew I wanted a pie base made out of crushed Oreos,
I also knew I wanted a chocolate fudge layer (made by melting cookie crumb chocolate for that added Oreo crunch!)
and then I thought I might as well throw some whole Oreo's in that layer too and not just regular ones but Double Stuff ones!
and then I knew I wanted a creamy frosting like topping to finish off and cute little mini Oreo's adorning the sides of the pie.
I searched the internet for a while to see if anyone else had baked up something similar, but I couldn't find anything so I just went ahead and made my own.
This was seriously delish...Oreo lovers, you owe it yourself to make this immediately!
Chocolate Oreo Fudge Cream Pie:
From Cupcake Crazy Gem
For the base:
18 Chocolate filled Oreos, crushed
60g unsalted butter, melted
For the chocolate fudge filling:
397g condensed milk
300g Galaxy Cookie Crumble milk choc
100g dark chocolate, I used 75%
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
12 Double Stuff Oreos
For the topping:
113g Philadelphia cream cheese, don't scrimp on the good stuff!
45g icing sugar
125ml double cream, whipped
Grease your pie dish with a thin layer of butter.
Crush the 18 Chocolate filled Oreos in a blender. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small bowl in the microwave. Mix the butter in with the oreo crumbs until the mixture is sticky and when you roll it into a ball it holds its shape. Spread the biscuit layer into the bottom of the pie dish, pressing down with the back of a spoon. I used my hands to press the remaining crumbs into the sides of the Oreo dish to ensure the crust was evenly distributed. Refrigerate for 20 minutes whilst making the fudge filling.
In a medium saucepan, add the condensed milk, both chocolates, salt and vanilla extract. Stir over a medium-low heat until melted. Get your Oreo crust out of the fridge and spread fudge layer on top. Save back a small amount, about half a cup.
Now the fun part: Press 12 Double Stuff Oreos into the fudge layer. Spread the remaining fudge on top so the Oreos are hidden.
Beat cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Whip the cream in a separate bowl. Fold it in with the crushed oreos into the cream cheese mix until incorporated. Spoon on top of fudge topping.
Drizzle with melted chocolate and decorate with mini Oreos