It’s New Year’s Day and it’s rather gloomy and raining outside but here inside it’s nice and toasty warm. Especially since I have spent most of my day puttering around in the kitchen. I baked a loaf of bread that I will be posting about in the near future. It’s an awesome method where you don’t have to knead the dough and it cooks in an enamel pot in the oven and it comes out looking and tasting like the fanciest bread you can find at a bakery. I also made a big pot of Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs from Giacomo’s here in Greensboro, and a Chocolate Pie for dessert with Orange Flavored Whipped Cream. Mmmm! Today’s post is all about the pie. :)
We don’t drink much milk around here now that the kids are older and if we do have it in the house, it usually goes bad before we finish it. But today I found a half gallon in the fridge ready to go out of date tomorrow that I purchased last week because I knew my daughter would be here home from school. She never touched. It was still sealed up like a drum. Well, you can’t beat a little package of Chocolate Cook and Serve Jello Pudding mix to help you get your money’s worth out of a jug of milk. And I have already admitted many times in the past that pie crust is not my forte. I am more than happy and proud to avail myself of the pie crusts of the Pillsbury Dough Boy. And there you have it, Chocolate Pie for dessert made with a box of Jello Pudding Mix, some close to the edge milk, and a boxed pie crust.
Now, to elevate this humble pie just a tad, I decided to make some real whipped cream. I flavored it with some orange extract. You could also use an orange flavored liqueur like Grand Marnier or Cointreau.
Orange Flavored Whipped Cream
1 cup whipping cream, ( I like to use Horizon brand Organic Whipping Cream when I can find it.)
3 Tbsp. granulated sugar or confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp. orange flavored extract or liqueur
Add all the ingredients in a bowl of a stand mixer and mix on high till stiff peaks are formed. (approximately 3 to 4 minutes). Refrigerate until ready to serve.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!
And, THANKS to all of you who read my blog and for the kind comments you leave. I appreciate each and every one of you!!