Double Chocolate Mint Chip Pie


 
Double Chocolate Mint Chip Pie from 'The New Pie'. Chocolate pastry is drizzled with white and green chocolate, filled with a dark chocolate ganache, topped with chopped mints, then topped with a mint chocolate chip cream filling loaded up with crispy pearls. The whole thing is then finished with a cocoa whipped cream. If there was a pie version of the perfect scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream, this pie would be it. #mintchip #doublechocolate #creampie
Double Chocolate Mint Chip Pie from 'The New Pie'. Chocolate pastry is drizzled with white and green chocolate, filled with a dark chocolate ganache, topped with chopped mints, then topped with a mint chocolate chip cream filling loaded up with crispy pearls. The whole thing is then finished with a cocoa whipped cream. If there was a pie version of the perfect scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream, this pie would be it. #mintchip #doublechocolate #creampie
Double Chocolate Mint Chip Pie from 'The New Pie'. Chocolate pastry is drizzled with white and green chocolate, filled with a dark chocolate ganache, topped with chopped mints, then topped with a mint chocolate chip cream filling loaded up with crispy pearls. The whole thing is then finished with a cocoa whipped cream. If there was a pie version of the perfect scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream, this pie would be it. #mintchip #doublechocolate #creampie
Double Chocolate Mint Chip Pie from 'The New Pie'. Chocolate pastry is drizzled with white and green chocolate, filled with a dark chocolate ganache, topped with chopped mints, then topped with a mint chocolate chip cream filling loaded up with crispy pearls. The whole thing is then finished with a cocoa whipped cream. If there was a pie version of the perfect scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream, this pie would be it. #mintchip #doublechocolate #creampie
Double Chocolate Mint Chip Pie from 'The New Pie'. Chocolate pastry is drizzled with white and green chocolate, filled with a dark chocolate ganache, topped with chopped mints, then topped with a mint chocolate chip cream filling loaded up with crispy pearls. The whole thing is then finished with a cocoa whipped cream. If there was a pie version of the perfect scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream, this pie would be it. #mintchip #doublechocolate #creampie
Double Chocolate Mint Chip Pie from 'The New Pie'. Chocolate pastry is drizzled with white and green chocolate, filled with a dark chocolate ganache, topped with chopped mints, then topped with a mint chocolate chip cream filling loaded up with crispy pearls. The whole thing is then finished with a cocoa whipped cream. If there was a pie version of the perfect scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream, this pie would be it. #mintchip #doublechocolate #creampie
Double Chocolate Mint Chip Pie from 'The New Pie'. Chocolate pastry is drizzled with white and green chocolate, filled with a dark chocolate ganache, topped with chopped mints, then topped with a mint chocolate chip cream filling loaded up with crispy pearls. The whole thing is then finished with a cocoa whipped cream. If there was a pie version of the perfect scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream, this pie would be it. #mintchip #doublechocolate #creampie

I’m a big fan of drawing out fun dates to last a whole week. With my birthday, I tend to make it birthday month, which is really just an excuse to go fun places and buy fun things. Going off that same logic, this week is pie week! The 14th of March is International Pi(e) day, (in America the date is written at 3/14, hence pi day), so I’m calling it pie week. I have a couple of super fun recipes coming your way, starting with this ridiculously good Double Chocolate Mint Chip Pie.

This recipe comes from Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin’s book that comes out on the 14th, called ‘The New Pie’. Chris and Paul are a married couple from Georgia, who were originally brought together by baking, and have made it their hobby entering (and winning) all kinds of pie contests (which I had no idea were a thing until I read their book!). The book is just beautiful - and filled with the most inventive, unique pie recipes I have ever seen. All the recipes are super clearly explained (and have weight measurements!!), and I am so, so excited to make some more pies from it!

I had a really hard time picking a recipe to share here with you - I must have flicked through the book 10 or 15 times before I finally found myself returning over and over again to this Double Chocolate Mint Chip Pie. Mint chocolate chip is my all time fave flavour of ice cream - always has been, always will be. This recipe encapsulates all the aspects of the flavour, with a cocoa pastry, a layer of ganache topped with chopped mints, a mint chip cream topping filled with crispy pearls (!!), and a cocoa whipped cream. Alone, the components are amazing, but together, they combine to form some kind of magic combination. If mint chocolate chip ice cream was a pie, this is exactly what it would taste like.

A few wee tips:

  • I used a ‘deep dish’ pie plate for this recipe - Chris and Paul describe this as having a top internal diameter of 9 1/8” to 9 5/8”, between 1 3/8” and 2” tall, and having a capacity for about 5 cups filling.

  • This pie can be broken up over a few days if you like - I made the pie dough then gave it an overnight rest, then the next day I blind baked the shell, did the ganache, let it set, then added the mint cream layer, and let it set for 4 hours before finishing it off.

  • The wee drizzle on the shell is a cute, quick step - Chris and Paul use white chocolate and green candy melts, but I popped a little bit of gel food colouring into some white chocolate to make the green and it worked great!

  • I used super orange yolks when I was making the filling, so ended up adding a bit more food colouring to counter this - if you don’t want a super green pie, slightly paler yolks might work better!

 

 

Double Chocolate Mint Chip Pie

- Makes one 9 1/2” deep dish pie -

Reprinted with permission from ‘The New Pie’ by Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin

Cocoa Pastry Crust
191g all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking powder
28g Vegetable Shortening
28g powdered sugar
21g Dutch Process or Black Cocoa
113g Cold, Unsalted Butter, cut into pieces
1 tsp vanilla extract
57g Strongly brewed coffee

Green and White Drizzle (Optional)
80g white chocolate, melted
a few drops mint gel food colouring

Mint Chip Ganache
227g Bittersweet chocolate, chopped
261g Heavy Cream
80g Chocolate Mints, such as Andes (I used after eight mints), Chopped

Mint Chocolate Chip Cream
2 1/2 tsp powdered gelatine
3 large egg yolks
100g sugar
120g whole milk
227g white chocolate, melted
28g Green Creme de Menthe (I didn’t have this, so used 1/2 tsp peppermint extract)
1-2 drops Mint green gel food colouring (optional)
350g Heavy Cream
45g Chocolate pearls, preferably Valrhona (or you can use mini chocolate chips)

Cocoa Whipped Cream
230g Heavy Cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
15g Powdered Sugar
1 Tbsp Dutch Process or black cocoa

 

- PROCESS -

COCOA PASTRY CRUST

Measure the flour, salt, and baking powder directly into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the ingredients once or twice to combine them.

Place the shortening, powdered sugar, and cocoa into a separate small bowl. Using a small rubber spatula, smear the shortening into the powders, pressing against the sides and bottom of the bowl. Continue to work your way around the bowl until all the ingredients have been combined into a chocolatey paste.

Using the small rubber spatula, divide the chocolatey paste into three or four roughly equal nuggets and add them to the flour mixture. Pulse three or four times (1 second pulses) until the chocolate seems evenly dispersed into the flour.

Add the butter to the flour and pulse four or five times. At this point the flour should appear slightly textured, like coarse cornmeal, with small bits of butter flecked throughout. If not, pulse one or two more times.

Drizzle the coffee and vanilla over the liquid.

Using 1-second pulses, process the mixture until it transforms from dry and powdery into a large clump of cohesive dough, 8 to 15 pulses. Stop pulsing once most of the dough is clumped together.

Transfer the dough and any remaining unincorporated flour to a smooth work surface. To incorporate any loose flour, press and smear the flour across the work surface with the heel of your hand. Gather all the dough and press it into a 5 to 6 inch disc about 1 inch thick.

Wrap the disc in plastic wrap, and smooth the outer 1 inch thick edge with your fingertips or by rolling the disc along the countertop. These smooth edges will make the dough easier to roll out in a circle. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and roll out to a circle approximately 15” in diameter, and 1/8” thick. Place the dough in the pie pan, and crimp the edges as desired. Freeze the dough-lined pan for at least 20 minutes while preheating the oven to 350°f.

Lightly spray one side of an 18 inch piece of aluminium foil with cooking spray. Line the crust with the foil, sprayed side down. Fill the pan with the pie weights.

Bake the crust until the crust is set, 50 to 60 minutes, peeking under the edge of the foil to check for doneness. Remove the pie pan from the oven and lift out the pie weights by using the corders of the foil. The goal is for the inside of the pie shell to be evenly baked - it should look like a finished crust. If it is still not done (this can be a little hard to tell with cocoa crust, but it needs to feel dry when you touch it with a finger), place it back into the oven without weights and continue to bake, checking every 2 minutes. Cool the pie crust completely on a wire rack.

To add  the drizzle, add half of the melted white chocolate to a piping bag. Tint the other half with a drop of mint green colour, and transfer to another piping bag. Snip the end off each to create a small hole.

Carefully remove the cooled chocolate crust from the pan to a double layer of paper towels on a baking sheet. If the crust does not seem like it is going to come out, abort the mission and drizzle the chocolate over the crust still in the pan. Drizzle the chocolate over the edge of the crust, allowing the excess to land on the outside of the crust. Some will land in the crust, but that is fine because it will be covered with the filling. Allow to set for about 10 minutes before returning the crust to the pan and filling the pie.

MINT CHIP GANACHE

Place the chopped bittersweet chocolate in a medium heat-safe bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan until it begins to simmer (watch it closely so it doesn’t boil over), then pour the cream over the chopped chocolate and set aside for 30 seconds. Whisk the hot cream and chopped chocolate together until the mixture is smooth.

Transfer the chocolate ganache to the cooled pie crust, smoothing with an offset spatula, if necessary. Sprinkle the chopped chocolate mints over the top of the ganache. Transfer the pie to the refrigerator and chill until the ganache is set, about 2 hours.

MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP CREAM

Sprinkle the gelatine over 2 Tbsp water in a small microwave safe bowl and set aside. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, and milk. Whisking constantly, cook the mixture over medium low heat until it is slightly thickened and reaches 160°f on an instant-read thermometer, about 5 minutes. The mixture will coat the back of a spoon when it is properly thickened. Remove the egg mixture from the heat and continue whisking it to cool it slightly, 1 to 2 minutes.

Heat the gelatine mixture in the microwave on high power in 5 second intervals, checking and stirring it until it just begins to bubble at the edges and the gelatin is dissolved (don’t let it boil). Whisk the gelatine into the egg mixture.

Whisk the melted white chocolate into the egg mixture until smooth. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a medium bowl. Whisk in the creme de menthe (or peppermint extract) and mint colour, if using. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent premature gelling.

In a large bowl (or using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment), whip the cream on medium high speed until it holds stiff peaks, 1-3 minutes. reduce the speed to low and slowly drizzle in the mint white chocolate mixture until it is completely incorporated. Fold in the chocolate pearls.

Transfer the mint chocolate chip cream to the chilled pie, smoothing with an offset spatula. Return the pie to the refrigerator and allow it to chill until the mint cream layer is set, 4 to 6 hours (or up to overnight).

COCOA WHIPPED CREAM

If using a hand mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the cream, vanilla, and cocoa on medium-high speed, or until soft peaks form. Add the powdered sugar, and beat on medium high speed until stiff peaks form, 1-3 minutes. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with an open star attachment. Pipe rings of whipped cream around the outside of the pie.

Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Double Chocolate Mint Chip Pie from 'The New Pie'. Chocolate pastry is drizzled with white and green chocolate, filled with a dark chocolate ganache, topped with chopped mints, then topped with a mint chocolate chip cream filling loaded up with crispy pearls. The whole thing is then finished with a cocoa whipped cream. If there was a pie version of the perfect scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream, this pie would be it. #mintchip #doublechocolate #creampie

‘The New Pie’ is copyright 2019 by Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin, and was published in 2019 by Clarkson Potter/ Publishers.

Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons with German Buttercream


 
Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons with German buttercream. Delicate French macaron shells are sandwiched together by a mint chocolate chip german buttercream that tastes just like ice cream! #mintchocolatechip #mintchip #frenchmacarons #macarons #recipe #howtomake
Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons with German buttercream. Delicate French macaron shells are sandwiched together by a mint chocolate chip german buttercream that tastes just like ice cream! #mintchocolatechip #mintchip #frenchmacarons #macarons #recipe #howtomake
Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons with German buttercream. Delicate French macaron shells are sandwiched together by a mint chocolate chip german buttercream that tastes just like ice cream! #mintchocolatechip #mintchip #frenchmacarons #macarons #recipe #howtomake
Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons with German buttercream. Delicate French macaron shells are sandwiched together by a mint chocolate chip german buttercream that tastes just like ice cream! #mintchocolatechip #mintchip #frenchmacarons #macarons #recipe #howtomake
Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons with German buttercream. Delicate French macaron shells are sandwiched together by a mint chocolate chip german buttercream that tastes just like ice cream! #mintchocolatechip #mintchip #frenchmacarons #macarons #recipe #howtomake

Our time in New Zealand has almost, almost come to an end. And this time more than ever, I am equal parts ‘can’t wait to get back to nyc and get back into a routine’, and ‘OMG I can’t wait until I actually live here for realsies’. The grand plan (!!) is to eventually move back to the motherland (being NZ) - we have thrown round 2020 as being our year to do so. We have spent the last couple of days in Wellington, where Rich and I met (we both went to Uni here), and today we are looking at open homes! We probably won’t buy just yet, but hopefully in the next year or so, so that we have something to move into when we get back. I love NYC with all my heart, but I really can’t wait to have a big kitchen that’s all mine, along with some grass and a lemon tree.

Something I am REALLY looking forward to though when I get back - Jase moved! He already lived kinda close, but now he has moved to, like, a 5 minute walk from my house. Rich worked out how much money i’m gonna save not ubering to his place all the time, but I’m mainly just stoked because him and his puppies are going to be so close, and I LOVE going to the dog park, but it’s kinda like going to a play ground without kids - a bit weird. So puppy and Jase proximity = I’m allowed to tag along to the dog park and we get to hang out loads more = a very happy wee me. This also means that my trip to his for our monthly macaron making is going to be so short! I’m already thinking i’ll order some slippers to keep at his house so I don’t have to transport them every time. lol.

These Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons with German Buttercream came about when we were making these wee Peach Streusel dudes. We finally worked out that the air con at Jase’s house was making them come out all kinds of weird shapes, so these were the batch to prove that we had solved the problem! I love mint chip ice cream more than almost anything in the world, so I was super stoked to make this flavour - and the buttercream came out tasting just just like the ice cream. The thing I love about German Buttercream is that it isn’t super super buttery tasting, because the butter is mellowed out a little by the pastry cream base. We added some peppermint extract and finely chopped chocolate, and ended up with a mint chip german buttercream that I couldn’t stop eating by the spoonful. The best. I can’t wait to put the buttercream on a cake, because it is all kinds of delicious.

A few wee tips:

  • Everything I ever learnt about Macarons is in this post - I keep it all in one place because the list is getting super super long.

  • The pastry cream needs a wee bit of time to cool before you add the butter, so make sure you account for that! Otherwise you can cool it quicker in an ice bath, or by spreading it in a quarter baking sheet lined with plastic, covering the surface of the pastry cream with another piece of plastic wrap, and chilling it in the freezer until cool. The larger surface area and shallow baking sheet mean that it cools much faster. 

  • Because you start with cool pastry cream (as opposed to slightly warm meringue as you would for a SMBC), make sure that your butter is very room temperature. If it isn't quite soft enough and you find your buttercream is seizing, you can remove about 1/3 cup of the buttercream, melt in the microwave, and then add back in and continue whipping. The heat from the melted buttercream is often enough to bring it all back together into the silky niceness you are after. 

  • I like to make the pastry cream, then make the macaron shells, arrange them all, then finish up the buttercream before assembly.

 

 

Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons with German Buttercream

- Makes about 24 Macarons -

Mint Chip German Buttercream
190g whole milk
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
110g sugar
12g (1 1/2 Tbsp) corn starch
1 egg
1 egg yolk
Pinch of salt
340g (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 tsp peppermint extract
150g dark chocolate, finely chopped

Macaron Shells
170g ground almonds
300g powdered sugar
180g egg whites, at room temperature
160g sugar
about 4 drops of mint green gel food colouring (we used mint green by americolor)
1 tsp vanilla bean paste

 

- PROCESS -

German buttercream

In a bowl, whisk together the sugar, corn starch, egg, egg yolk and salt. In a medium non-stick saucepan, heat the milk and vanilla to just shy of a simmer.  Remove from the heat.

Using one hand to whisk constantly, pour half of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture. This helps to temper the eggs and stop them from scrambling. Whisk until incorporated, and then pour the whole lot back into the saucepan. 

Heat the milk and egg mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly, until it begins to bubble. It will thicken quickly. Once it has thickened, cook for one minute, then remove from the heat. Pour into a shallow dish or bowl of a stand mixer and press some plastic wrap over the surface to avoid a skin from forming. Refrigerate until cold - at least four hours, preferably overnight.

Fit your mixer with the whisk attachment.  Whip the mixture on medium until creamy and lump-free. Begin adding the butter, a few cubes at a time, until fully incorporated. It may look curdled at some point but just keep whipping - it will come together! Once the buttercream is homogenous, add the peppermint extract and dark chocolate, and mix well to combine. Store in an airtight container until ready to use, or if using immediately, transfer to a piping bag.

 

MACARON SHELLS

Preheat oven to 300˚f / 150˚c, and position the oven rack in the centre of the oven. Using a round cookie cutter or the base of a large piping tip (something about 1.5 inches in diameter), draw a "template" for your macarons on a piece of parchment paper, leaving about 3/4" between each circle. 

Combine the almond meal and powdered sugar together in a large bowl. Sift the mixture twice, to ensure there are no large lumps and that the mixture is properly aerated. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Gradually add the sugar, increase the mixer speed, and whip on high until the meringue starts to firm up. Add mint gel food colour a few drops at a time, until the desired colour is reached. Add vanilla and mix until incorporated. Continue to whip until the meringue forms stiff peaks (there is a good example here). 

Remove the bowl from the mixer. Add half of the ground almond and powdered sugar mixture, and fold into the meringue. You want to deflate the meringue just a little at this stage, to combine the meringue and ground almond mixture. 

Add the remaining ground almond mixture, and stir lightly to combine. Now comes the important part - mixing the batter to the correct consistency. Again, this video does a good job of explaining it. Fold the mixture in a series of 'turns', deflating the batter by spreading it against the side of the bowl. Turn the bowl slightly and repeat the movement - scooping the batter from the bottom of the bowl, and spreading it against the side. Continuously check the consistency of the batter - you want it to flow like lava when you lift the spatula from the bowl, and you should be able to 'draw' a figure 8 with it, without the batter breaking (again, watch lots of videos to get an idea! They help so much). This step can take some practice until you know what it should feel and look like. If in doubt you are better to under mix them than over mix them - the process of putting the batter into the bag and piping out will help mix a little too.

Fit a large pastry bag with a medium sized round tip, such as an ateco #805. Place the macaron template on a sheet pan, and place a second piece of parchment over it. Holding the piping bag at a 90˚ angle to the surface, pipe out the batter into blobs the size of the circles drawn on the template. Finish off each piped circle with a little "flick" of your wrist to minimise the batter forming a point (it will still form a small one, but we can get rid of this with banging). Remove the template from under the macarons.

Hold the baking sheet in two hands, and carefully but firmly, evenly bang it against the bench. Repeat this a few more times - this will get rid of any air bubbles, remove points on the top, and help them to spread out slightly. 

Repeat the piping and banging process until you have used up all of the batter - I usually make three sheet pans worth. 

Allow the macarons to dry at room temperature for approximately 30 minutes, or until they form a skin that you can touch without your finger sticking to them. This time will drastically vary depending on the humidity. 

About fifteen minutes before you are going to bake the macarons, place a spare sheet pan in the oven to preheat - this is going to be used to place under the pan with the macarons on it, to double up, which should help with even baking. Bake the macarons one sheet at a time - place the sheet with the macarons on the preheated sheet, and place in the oven. 

Bake for approximately 18 minutes, rotating the pan once during the cooking process, and checking for doneness after 15 minutes. The macarons should develop a foot (the ruffled part on the bottom of the macaron), and bake without browning. To see if they are done - press down lightly on a shell. If the foot gives way, it needs a little longer, if it is stable, then it is close to being done. Test a macaron shell - if you can peel it away cleanly from the paper, they are done. If they are stable but cannot yet peel away cleanly, give them another minute or so. Again, this part takes a little trial and error depending on your oven. If they seem done but do not peel away cleanly, do not worry - there is a little trick for that! 

Remove from the oven, and allow to cool on the sheet pan for 10 minutes before peeling off the parchment paper and allowing to cool completely on a wire rack. Repeat the baking with the remaining trays, using the same spare sheet pan to double up.

If your macs do not peel away cleanly, place them, on the parchment paper, into the freezer for 5-10 minutes, then peel away from the paper. 

Store cooled macarons in an airtight container until ready to use. 

ASSEMBLY

Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a round attachment (such as an ateco #805) Match the macaron shells up so that they are in pairs of equal size.

Pipe a blob of buttercream on one half of the macaron, and place the second half on top, pressing lightly. Macarons are best after an overnight rest in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before eating.

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