Thursday, 22 August 2013

Grasshopper Pie and a review



Have you ever wondered what's in a grasshopper pie? I first saw them in America and was intrigued by them. Its essentially a mint and chocolate no bake pie which is popular in America. If you do a google search, the 2 main recipes that appear are from Nigella and the Hummingbird Bakery. I used the recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days as I was looking through my cookbooks for inspiration for this month's AlphaBakes which is the letter G. 

This was the perfect end to a meal with the family. It was easy to put together as it required no baking but hours of chilling time. It's a very rich dessert with marshmallows, milk and lots of fresh cream so only a small slice is required. 

As mentioned, I'm entering this to AlphaBakes which I am hosting this month with my co-host Caroline from Caroline Makes. The letter this month is G for Grasshopper Pie.  


I'm also entering this to Tea Time Treats hosted by Kate from What Kate Baked and Karen from Lavender and Lovage. The theme this month is Ice creams, Jellies and Chilled Desserts. 


I was looking for my pie tin to make this dessert but couldn't find it anywhere so I decided to use this really cute I heart cake mould that I was sent by findmeagift to review. This silicone mould allows you to cut 6 large heart shape slices. It's oven safe to 220C and freezer safe to -40C. To be honest, I wasn't sure if I could make this pie in the mould as I was worried that it would not retain its heart shape but it worked! I was really pleased that the dessert set firmly in the fridge and I was able to get a decent heart shaped slice from it. It is a really large slice and I can imagine that it would look really good as a baked slice of cake which will be my next project.

My verdict - A solid silicone mould that does what it says on the tin. My pie came out of the mould easily and it was easy to wash. I've not tried baking with it yet so I can't comment if the cake sticks to the pan or not. There is a helpful diagram on the back of the mould with a picture guide to help you get the perfect heart shaped slice from your bake.  A perfect treat for yourself or a gift for a friend.



 double cream, oreo cookies, butter, milk, marshmallows and peppermint extract 

 crush the oreos and add melted butter to form a crust 

 chill the crust for at least 30 minutes until firm. 

 make the filling by melting marshmallow and milk  

 then stir in some cream, peppermiint extract and green food colouring  

 top with freshly whipped cream and chocolate shavings 

 it's a heart! 

 side view 


Recipe is from Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days which I won't reproduce here but if you do a google search you'll find it. The only changes I would make is to reduce the amount of butter for the crust or add more biscuits and to add more peppermint extract for a stronger mint flavour.

Disclaimer: I was sent the I heart cake mould from findmeagift free of charge for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own. 

20 comments:

  1. Looks so easy to do - I love the colour and name too!

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  2. Yummmm Ros I love grasshopper pie! Oreos, mint and chocolate?! how can it not be amazing! Yours turned out great, I like the idea of that heart shaped slice mould too - how fun! We are still waiting for our broadband to be connected..I have soo much blogging to catch up on! I hate the wait! but on the plus side I'm getting a lot done without the internet around haha!

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    1. I had a feeling you'd like this one :) no sign of coconut so I'm happy lol Hope you get your broadband soon but glad you're making good use of your time!

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  3. Wow. So green!! I love the look of it and I adore these heart shaped cakes too. So pretty!

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    1. Thanks Dom. I love the heart shape too :)

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  4. I've been lusting after this pie ever since spotting it in one of Nigella's books, yours looks even better though laden with lots of lovely cream!!

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  5. Nice use of the heart mould!
    Love the colour of the grasshopper pie - you know it has to be mint before you taste it!

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    1. Thanks! I'm now thinking of other recipes to use my heart mould with.

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  6. I love the name ad what a perfect summery dessert- than you for entering TTT!

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  7. That looks amazing - I don't like mint but think I will have to adapt this recipe with another flavour. I had a cream pie in America and can't quite figure out what the filling was made of, but this looks pretty close!

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    1. I think it would easily work with a different flavour or you could make a banoffee pie or something similar.

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  8. Mmmm! I have made a Grasshopper cake before now, but not the pie itself. Looking at this makes me wonder WHY WHY WHY?!?! It looks so lovely and fresh!

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    1. Thanks! It was delicious! Now I want to make a grasshopper cake :)

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