Peppermint Truffle Pie

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Friday morning, we assembled the Christmas tree. We pulled boxes of ornaments from the basement, opened them up, scattered memories across the floor. “Oh, I love Christmas,” sighed my littlest, as he melted into the boxes, inspecting each item with care.

Lest you believe the bliss-kissed event unfolded uneventfully, I will admit the two-hour delay between setting up the tree and actually dressing it. Last years strings of lights were out, sending our entire family trekking up the street to Walgreens. There we stood for a half hour, debating the merits of colored lights versus white, twinkling LED globes versus giant colored crystal bulbs. After a heated debate, an in-store vote, and the gathering of children from the toy aisle, we carried home 6 boxes of basic colored lights, which now hang quite merrily upon our tree, illuminating a hundred handmade ornaments and two fresh popcorn chains.

And thus begins the season.

Oh, I love Christmas.

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Peppermint Truffle Pie

No matter how busy the season becomes, there’s always time to whip up this ridiculously simple pie. On top of being easy, easy, easy to make, it’s also dang fancy tasting, like forking into pure indulgence. The rich, chocolate truffle pie is kissed ever so lightly with peppermint, then topped with fresh whipped cream and candy cane sprinkles. Good heck, it's Christmas. How can we not rejoice!

Ingredients:

FOR THE PIE:
2 tablespoons butter, melted
¼ cup crushed candy canes
1 deep dish pie crust
7 eggs
1 cup high-quality cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 ½ teaspoons peppermint extract

FOR THE GANACHE DRIZZLE:
1 cups heavy whipping cream
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

FOR THE FRESH WHIPPED CREAM & GARNISH:
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup powdered sugar
¼ cup crushed candy canes

Directions:

FOR THE PIE:
Use a basting brush to spread a thin layer of butter around the edge of the pie crust. Sprinkle crushed candy canes on the buttered edge. Set aside.
Crack the eggs into a large bowl. With an electric mixer, beat in the cocoa powder, sugar, and peppermint extract until well mixed. Pour into pie crust. Bake in an oven preheated to375 degrees for 45-50 minutes, or until the center of the pie is set. Cool before serving with easy ganache drizzle, fresh whipped cream, and crushed peppermint candy.

FOR THE GANACHE DRIZZLE:
Pour cream and chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 60-90 seconds, then whisk together the mixture until smooth.

FOR THE FRESH WHIPPED CREAM & GARNISH:
In a large bowl, beat the cream with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and beat just until incorporated. Serve atop cooled pie, sprinkle with crushed candy canes before serving.

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17 Responses to “Peppermint Truffle Pie”

  1. 1

    connie k. on November 29, 2010 at 11:48 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness. That slice of pie looks so rich and decadent and it is perfectly dressed up with crushed candy canes for the holidays! The fact that it is easy to make is a definite plus. Happy Holidays!

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    Lora on November 30, 2010 at 1:38 am Reply

    What a fabulous Pie. I love chocolate and peppermint together.

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    ♥peachkins♥ on November 30, 2010 at 4:57 am Reply

    this pie looks so festive!

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    marla {family fresh cooking} on November 30, 2010 at 7:37 am Reply

    This sounds like the perfect aprés tree decorating snack!

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    mangiabella on November 30, 2010 at 11:10 am Reply

    anything peppermint and chocolate makes me do a happy dance – I will try to make this tomorrow night for a family get together – such a glorious way to start off the season…..

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    Kelly on November 30, 2010 at 1:27 pm Reply

    Curious…….I just stumbled across your blog via another and your face looked familiar. Not that we know each other but I think I was in line behind you waiting to see the movie Tangled the day before Thanksgiving?
    You had the Cake Pop book and we talked briefly?
    Just thought I'd ask…..glad that I've found your blog though! Will have to block out some time to look through all your recipes soon!
    Going to make your Merry & Bright Brown Sugar Button Cookies for the kids at our small Group this Friday night!
    Nice to meet you, if indeed that was you I spoke with in line at the movies.

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    Jenn on November 30, 2010 at 4:39 pm Reply

    Great recipe! Quick question- could I get away with drizzling the drizzle on before I cut the pie? I'm planning on traveling with it, and it would be better if I could just cut and serve it at the table.

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    smalltownoven on November 30, 2010 at 6:44 pm Reply

    This will definitely be making an appearance at our holiday spread this year! So festive!

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    Taylor on November 30, 2010 at 8:59 pm Reply

    Oh my word…this looks SO good!! Chocolate and peppermint are a match made in heaven if you ask me. I think I must make this as soon as I can!

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    Cheeky Kitchen on November 30, 2010 at 10:20 pm Reply

    Kelly!
    Too funny! That was totally me! So glad to have discovered each other in the real world, and via the blogosphere. Totes awesome!
    XO
    Brooke

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    Jennifer (Delicieux) on November 30, 2010 at 10:29 pm Reply

    Wow, this looks heavenly! Yum, yum!

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    cookies and cups on December 1, 2010 at 7:43 am Reply

    7 eggs?! wow, this looks seriously amazing! I love the crushed peppermint on the crust :)

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    t.bird on December 2, 2010 at 8:36 am Reply

    i just drooled. i need this now.

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    Fashion Meets Food on December 2, 2010 at 11:39 am Reply

    this pie looks absolutely wonderful. I am loving it. Definitely going to have to save this recipe. I am your newest follower.

    xo

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    Valerie on December 4, 2010 at 9:20 pm Reply

    Wow! This looks too perfect!

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    Josalyn on December 7, 2010 at 1:19 pm Reply

    My husband (who incidentally is a former student of your husband's) would LOVE this. I definitely think I'm going to have to make it for Christmas this year.

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    ATasteOfMadness on July 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm Reply

    Whoa. Candy canes?! This sounds like the greatest treat ever, I love it!!

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