Sky High Chocolate Mousse Pie


Ingredients:

Oreo Crust:
18 whole Oreos, crushed into crumbs
¼ cup (4 Tablespoons; 60g) unsalted butter, melted

Chocolate Mousse Layer:
 two 4-ounce bars unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped (8 ounces total)
2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter
4 large egg whites1
1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar2
2 cups (480ml) heavy cream/heavy whipping cream
6 whole Oreos, crushed into crumbs

Whipped Cream:
1 cup (280ml) heavy cream/heavy whipping cream
1 Tablespoon (13g) granulated sugar
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

OPTIONAL: chocolate shavings for topping3

Directions:
  1. Make the crust: Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Combine the Oreo crumbs and melted butter together in a medium bowl. Press tightly into the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9-inch pie dish. Bake for 18 minutes. Allow to cool completely. I do this the night before to save time!
  2. Make the chocolate mousse layer: Microwave the chopped chocolate and butter together in a large heat-proof bowl, stopping and stirring every 15 seconds until completely melted. Set aside.
  3. Make the meringue for the mousse layer: Place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in a heatproof bowl. Set bowl over a saucepan filled with two inches of simmering water. Do not let it touch the water. (You can use a double boiler if you have one.) Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved, about 4 minutes. Transfer the mixing bowl to an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat on high speed for 5-6 minutes until soft, glossy peaks form. See photo above for a visual. Gently fold mixture into the chocolate. Wash the mixer bowl and whisk attachment clean.
  4. Make the whipped cream for the mousse layer: Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the 2 cups of heavy cream on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 4-5 minutes. Gently fold whipped cream into the chocolate/egg white mixture. Do not overmix; it will deflate the mousse. (No need to wash or wipe the bowl/whisk attachment clean-- you'll make sweetened whipped cream in step 6.)
  5. Spread ½ of the mousse into cooled pie crust. Top with Oreo crumbs. (The 6 whole Oreos crushed into crumbs!) Top with remaining chocolate mousse, mounding in the center to create a dome shape. Place in the refrigerator for 5 minutes as you prepare the whipped cream topping.
  6. Make the whipped cream topping: Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the 1 cup of heavy cream, granulated sugar, and vanilla on high speed until slightly stiff peaks form, about 4 minutes. You want the peaks to be somewhat soft so the whipped cream spreads nicely on the mousse. Remove pie from the refrigerator and spread whipped cream on top—once again keeping that dome shape in the center.
  7. Top with chocolate shavings, if using. Refrigerate pie uncovered for at least 4-5 hours or overnight. Slice and serve. Usually the 1st slice isn’t as beautiful as the 2nd! It’s easier to cut after you have 1 slice out.
  8. Make ahead tip: Since this pie needs to chill for several hours or overnight, it's perfect for making 1-2 days ahead of time. Gently cover if refrigerating longer for 1 day. You can freeze the pie for up to 3 months, but it won't be quite as beautiful. Freezing leftovers is a great idea-- simply allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying. Or enjoy frozen!


Recipe Notes:
  • Feeling ambitious? Try a traditional pie crust instead. Pre-bake the pie crust ahead of time for 20 minutes at 350°F (177°C) with pie-weights to ensure it does not shrink. Allow to completely cool before layering in filling.
  • The egg whites are gently cooked in step 3 to 160°F (71°C). Which is considered safe to eat. You can use a candy thermometer to determine their temperature. You can use pasteurized egg whites, though keep in mind they may never reach the volume of unpasteurized egg whites.
  • Cream of tartar is key for stabilizing those egg whites.
  • Here's how to make chocolate curls. Chocolate sprinkles, fresh raspberries, or more Oreo crumbs work just as well!


Original Recipes visit: Sky High Chocolate Mousse Pie @ sallysbakingaddiction.com

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