It’s on mornings like these, when I get to sleep in until 8:30 (gotta love those internal clocks) that I’m happy that I sucked it up and did my long run yesterday in the 77+ degree heat rather than have to wake up at 6AM to do it this morning. TNT’s practice was canceled today because of a race in Central Park that we had the option of signing up for (but it cost money and was only 4 miles so I didn’t). This also meant that I got to stay up late last night! My roomies and I had a “roomie night” where we made sushi together, talked for a few hours, and just got to know each other a little better. The night ended with a game of Scrabble and some red wine that half of the MD/PhD class showed up for. Yes we are nerds who play scrabble on Friday nights. Deal with it.

Earlier this week we went to this jazz club called Dizzy’s which is in the Time Warner building and is affiliated with Lincoln Center. It was the first time I had ever been to a jazz club and I really liked the atmosphere of just sitting, relaxing and listening to music, quietly chatting with the person next to you, and sipping a beer. I should have gotten ice cream instead of the beer though. It definitely would have made me happier. But I realized that only after tasting some of Anu’s banana parfait so I had to make do with my Stella.

So I guess you’ve noticed this but somewhere along the line, I gave up my hardline approach to healthy cooking and starting baking. Sure, I make the traditional substitutions of swapping out half the butter for applesauce or using reduced fat cream cheese, but a year ago you would not have caught me within ten feet of a cupcake pan. Oh how times have changed. But I think that I have finally reached the point of everything in moderation, not accompanied by a side of guilt.

And thus we have this chocolate mousse pie that I made for my father’s birthday – the first recipe for which I made absolutely no healthy substitutions. And it was awesome. Worth every bite. He had two slices. I had one plus my brother’s oreo crust. If you don’t make this within the next few days, you will be sad. So get to the kitchen!
Chocolate Mousse Pie
Serves 12, adapted from Bon Appetit’s Fast/Easy/Fresh

21 chocolate sandwich cookies (I used the Trader Joe’s version – all natural, pronounceable ingredients!)
1/4 cup butter
12 oz semisweet chocolate (I used chocolate chips)
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
3 cups heavy cream, divided
1/4 cup sugar

For the crust: Preheat the oven to 350. Butter a 9-inch (I think I used a 10-inch) springform pan. Finely grind the cookies in a food processor. Add butter and process until evenly moistened. Press crumb mixture onto bottom to form a crust. Bake for 5 minutes. Let cool.

For the mousse: Combine chocolate, vanilla and salt in food processor. Bring 1 cup cream to a boil. With processor running, gradually pour hot cream through feed tube and process until chocolate is melted and smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

Beat 2 cups cream and sugar in a large bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold into the chocolate mixture. Pour into prepared crust. Chill about 6 hours.

I can’t wait to try this with other flavor variations – dark chocolate, butterscotch, white chocolate, cinnamon, peanut butter.

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18 Responses to Chocolate Mousse Pie

  1. Shri says:

    Hi Joanne,
    Your chocolate pie looks so heavenly!I can eat chocolate in any form or shape..You have real nice blog with some good collection of recipes!

  2. Natashya says:

    A great birthday confection! It looks so smooth and perfect, I have an urge to put my face in it. 🙂

  3. Megan says:

    mmmmm, mmmmm – chocolate with an oreo crust? Sign me up!

  4. Elra says:

    Joanne my dear,
    this chocolate mouse cake of yours look sinfully good. It’s such a perfect post for the week end.

  5. ttfn300 says:

    mmm, peanut butter. this looks amazing, a great way to celebrate 😉

  6. Debinhawaii says:

    Nothing wrong with indulging occasionally–especially with something so delicious like this looks! I love a good game of Scrabble too. 😉

  7. Your Pie is awesome! I’ll take 2 pieces please! 😛

    I love scrabble!

  8. girlichef says:

    Drooling like crazy over here! This looks awesome 😀

  9. Reeni? says:

    This is chocoholic heaven!! A triple dose – love it!

  10. Kristin says:

    Yum!! This looks so good, even at 7AM! Great round for ppn, thanks again for sneaking me in.

  11. Donna-FFW says:

    you are too funny.. only 4 miles, only.

    I am loving loving loving this dessert. Didja use oreos as the sandwich cookie?? I have to try this one.

  12. Karine says:

    I love chocolate mousse and yours looks amazing! Such a comfort food 🙂

  13. Laura says:

    This looks delicious!

  14. Kerstin says:

    I love scrabble and always play with my dad! That tart looks amazing – yum! Chocolate mousse is one of my favorite desserts.

  15. burpandslurp says:

    wowee! That just looks so perfect! I always thought mousse is hard to make!

  16. Muneeba says:

    oh gosh … my first time on here .. and I see this chocolate mousse pie! Now u’ve got me! You got any left?? I might just drive down all the way to NYC for a piece of this.

  17. Julie says:

    Looks rich and delicious!

  18. Palidor says:

    Chocolate overdose! Looks delicious.

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