Monday, January 4, 2010

Chocolate Pudding Pie in Oreo with Oreo covered in Oreo

My mother would always make a chocolate pudding pie for Christmas. And Thanksgiving. Really any holiday where a chocolate pudding pie could be appropriate. Actually, she still does, but I haven't been home for Christmas for a few years now. But since she is visiting me over the New Year I thought it would be Christmassy to make a pie myself.

Now, she usually gets the Jello cook and serve pudding mix, but I'm lazy, so I went with instant. As usual when I go shopping, one thing led to another and I walked out with Jello Instant Chocolate Pudding, an Oreo pie crust, and a package of Oreos with a vague idea of what I wanted to make.

Oreo cookies, separatedBowl of Oreo filling

What I had in mind was a chocolate pudding pie with some real Oreo pieces in it and an icing made from melted Oreo creme filling. So I separated out the Oreo cookies from the creme with just a butter knife until I felt I had enough. Cookie pieces in a plastic bag, smash 'em up, and pour them in with the milk and dry pudding mix. Pour that all into the pie crust and stick it in the fridge.

I left it in the fridge for about 5 minutes to firm it up a little. Then I just popped the small bowl of creme filling into the microwave for about 15 seconds at a time, stirring to heat it evenly. I didn't quite have enough though, so it came out a little thin.

Finished product
Delicious pie

It was chocolaty and delicious. Overall, I think it was a success. Next time I do it I think I'm going to reduce the milk a little bit more, to get a firmer texture and make up for the added volume of the cookie pieces. And of course use about twice as much creme. Now, the creme layer once it hardens is a bit brittle. It tended to break and crack like a thin layer of ice when I cut it. I'm not really sure how to solve that issue, but it's always something I can experiment with later.

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