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Darby Cream Pie

Darby Cream Pie
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Yield: Serves 12

An eggnog-flavored chiffon pie with chocolate-whipped-cream topping. Two layers give it an elegant appearance. --The Darby Field Inn, Conway, New Hampshire

Filling:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin (1 package)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons O'Darby's Irish Cream liqueur
  • 1/2 pint heavy cream
  • 9-inch pie shell, baked

Instructions:

Scald milk and nutmeg together in double boiler. Blend egg yolks with sugar until creamy. Dissolve gelatin in the water and O'Darby's. Remove hot milk from the double boiler and add slowly to the egg and sugar mixture, stirring constantly with wire whisk. Put back into double boiler and cook on low heat, stirring occasionally until thickened. Add the gelatin mixture and blend in thoroughly. Remove from heat and allow to cool (stir occasionally to keep mixture from hardening around the edges). When the filling has cooled, but not set (if filling sets, you'll have to warm it up and cool it again to avoid lumps), whip the egg whites until stiff but not dry and fold into the filling. (If the filling appears lumpy don't despair; use a wire whisk to blend until smooth.) Now whip the heavy cream, fold it into the filling, and put into the baked pie shell, Refrigerate and start work on the topping.

Topping:

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces milk chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons O'Darby's Irish Cream liqueur
  • 1/2 pint heavy cream

Instructions:

Melt chocolate with water in double boiler. Remove from heat, add the gelatin dissolved in O'Darby's, and allow to cool. Whip the heavy cream and thoroughly blend about half the cream into the cooled chocolate mixture, then fold in the remainder. Spread the topping on the pie (make sure the filling is set) and try to hold off for a couple of hours before cutting.
Updated Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
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