For last year's Christmas Eve family gathering, I opted to make Prime Rib instead of our traditional German Menu. The prime rib was a total success, along with all the side dishes. So, it was a good thing that I opted to make this Peppermint Cream Pie, for dessert. I thought the pie looked pretty, and it was light and refreshing. So did my family and dinner guests.
In the meantime, I "bloomed" some unflavored gelatin...
and then melted the crushed peppermint candies (reserving some as a garnish) along with some heavy whipping cream, then allowed it to cook to room temperature.
Using a stand mixer, I whipped more heavy cream until stiff peaks formed.
Once cooled, I added the peppermint mixture and gently folded it into the whipped cream.
Getting a "finish" shot of the pie wasn't easy to do. Imagine this: it's winter dark outside. There's lots of animated talking going on, and I just can't set up photography lights. In all the excitement, I forgot to fix my white balance on my camera...and well, suffice it to say that my photography went to pot between slicing prime rib, serving dinner and everyone pitching in to clear dishes.
TASTING NOTES: It's a simple, unfussy dessert. The chocolate crust is buttery and rich and delish. The filling is very light, with just the right balance of peppermint. One thing I didn't realize, that's important to mention-- adding crushed peppermints as a garnish should be done, right before serving. Otherwise, they melt, while in the fridge. Not a deal breaker, but worth noting.
I didn't post this recipe, last year, because it was after our Christmas dinner. I saved this recipe to share with you, this year...but with my busy work schedule, I'm coming just down the wire in getting this post up.
One more week until Christmas! Gosh the time flies, once our childhood is behind us. Sometimes I wish that Christmas would approach much slower, like when I was a little girl and could hardly wait for that day.
The printable recipe card is at the end of this post. (Recipe slightly adapted from "Saving Room For Dessert".