How do I know this? I tried to fail. I tried really really hard, and I couldn't.
I don't bake. I can cook, but I do not bake. I used to try. I had a few good desserts and a whole lotta fails. Shortly after we got married, I asked my husband to tell me his favorite dessert. After he went through a list of his favorite desserts from his Granny, his Mom, his Step-Mom, some family friends, some aunts, etc., I decided that I was taking off my baking hat and letting all of the other women in his life that know how to bake so well take care of that part for me. We both appreciate their efforts more this way.
Besides, it's the 20th century. I don't do laundry either, but I
So, back to the recipe. I was on the phone with my MIL the other day and she tells me that she's got this great pie recipe that she's going to send to me. My immediate reaction? "Um, you know I don't bake." I love my hubbies family, and I feel no need to cover up my short comings. They all know all about me...for better or for worse, till death do us part!
After she laughed, she told me it was an easy NO BAKE recipe for a delicious pie, and that's why she thought of me. She is one smart lady, I tell ya!
We went to Publix on Sunday evening.
Chris: "Why are you getting white chocolate and a pie crust?"
Me: "I'm going to make you a pie!"
Chris: "Um, honey, you don't bake."
Me: "I KNOW that, but your Mom sent me a recipe for a NO-BAKE pie. How awesome is that?"
Chris: "I'm not sure yet...I'll tell you after I eat the first piece".
We have a strict honesty policy in our house. Unless I specifically ask Chris to lie to me (for example: Subway Art Sign), he has to tell me what he really thinks about all of my projects and all of my cooking. I don't offend easily.
I was tired Sunday night after dinner, but I really really wanted to make this pie. I had so much faith in my MIL that I bought enough ingredients to make four pies for my neighbors as well.
4 oz. white chocolate, finely chopped
(I cheated and used morsels)
½ lb. cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup sour cream
½ cup heavy cream, chilled
(this might be too chilled)
1 banana, thinly sliced
one ready-made graham cracker crust (9 inches)
1. Warm the chocolate in a bowl set over a pot of lightly simmering water. Remove from heat when only partially melted; stir to melt completely.
2. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Beat in the chocolate, then the sour cream.
3. Whip the heavy cream until firm; gently fold into chocolate filling.
4. Put the banana slices on the crust, top with the filling, and chill at least 2 hours. If you’d like, sprinkle with grated dark chocolate before serving.
I initially had everything correct, and then started thinking (that's where I go wrong on a lot of things) about my measurement conversions, and for some reason, thought that 1/2 lb of cream cheese was NOT equal to 8 ounces, instead it was equal to 4 ounces. So I went back and doubled everything else (I was already at the end of step 2 when I had this epiphany, so I just added in the sugar, vanilla, and more chocolate all at once.) After I had completed all of that, I realized that I am indeed a moron every time I think, and that 8 ounces is indeed a half a pound, so I softened 8 more ounces of cream cheese and added that, again, to step two, at the very end.
I told you, I tried to fail.
I also have no clue if my version of firm heavy cream is correct. And I'm not sure the difference between whipping and beating. I basically knew how to do steps 1 and 4 and had an epic fail with step 2 and took my best guess at step 3.
Guess what? It turned out delicious!!!! Chris even thought so!!
I did use non-fat sour cream, low fat cream cheese, and splenda instead of sugar. Seriously, scrumptious, so good! So easy, and there's no way you can mess it up. Now, that is my kind of recipe! If you make it, let me know. Thanks for the great recipe MIL. I'm linking up to these fun parties...go check them out!