Bartlesville Cream Pie

Despite the name this gooey, fudgey and supremely chocolatey slice of bliss is actually a cake rather than a pie, but as it’s an original creation by Ree Drummond I’ll give her a pass. This time.

Bartlesville Cream Pie is a layer of smooth salted caramel pudding sandwiched between two layers of rich chocolate cake and smothered in a decadent cream ganache.

If you have a chocoholic in your life, this will definitely get you in their good books!

Making your own caramel for the pudding might seem daunting but it just needs a little care and attention to make sure it doesn’t burn. If you haven’t had American-style pudding before you’re in for a treat, especially if you’re a salted caramel fan.

Bartlesville Cream Pie

Ingredients 

    Cake 
  • 8tbsp (115g) salted butter, plus more for buttering the pan 
  • 1 cup (125g) plain flour 
  • 2 heaping tablespoons (15–20g) cocoa, plus more for dusting 
  • 1 cup (225g) sugar 
  • 14 tsp sea salt 
  • 12 cup (120ml) boiling water 
  • 14 cup (60ml) buttermilk (see notes) 
  • 12 tsp bicarbonate of soda 
  • 12 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 large egg, beaten 
    Pudding: 
  • 1 cup (225g) sugar 
  • 2 tbsp cornflour (aka cornstarch) 
  • 12 tsp sea salt 
  • 12 cups (350ml) whole milk 
  • 2 large egg yolks 
  • 2 tbsp (30g) salted butter 
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 
    Glaze: 
  • 1 cup (230ml) double or whipping cream 
  • 225g dark chocolate 
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 

Instructions

    Cake 
  1. Preheat the oven to 175c (150 fan). 
  2. Butter a 20cm cake pan, line it with greaseproof paper, then butter it again and dust it with cocoa powder (this avoids white patches on your dark cake) 
  3. Mix the flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. 
  4. Melt the butter on a medium heat, then stir in the cocoa until smooth. 
  5. Add the water, stir until mixed and then let boil for 30 seconds before removing from the heat, 
  6. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture a little at a time until smooth. 
  7. Mix the buttermilk, bicarb, vanilla and egg. Stir into the chocolate mixture. 
  8. Pour into the cake pan and bake until a skewer comes out clean, approximately 25–35 minutes depending on the oven. 
  9. Rest the cake in the pan for 10 minutes before removing it, then leave it to cool completely. 
    Pudding 
  1. Preferably in a light-coloured pan, melt half the sugar on a medium heat, stirring from time to time. 
  2. When the sugar is melted and a nice golden colour, remove from the heat — pay attention here as it will burn easily. 
  3. Whisk the cornstarch, salt and remaining sugar into 23 of the milk, then slowly mix into the hot sugar. 
  4. Put the pot back on a medium heat and stir continuously until smooth. 
  5. Whisk the egg yolks and remaining milk together, then stir into the pot. 
  6. Cook until the mixture thickens, stirring continuously to avoid lumps. 
  7. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and butter. 
  8. Strain the mixture into a bowl, then press a piece of cling film onto the surface of the pudding — this avoids a skin forming as it cools. 
  9. Leave to cool for a while, then put in the fridge. 
    Putting it all together 
  1. Carefully cut the cake into two layers. This is best done a little at a time from every angle, eventually meeting in the middle. It doesn’t matter if your lines are perfectly straight but you’ll want the layers as even as possible. 
  2. Spread the pudding over the bottom layer of cake, then carefully put the other layer of cake on top. 
  3. Heat (but don’t boil) the cream over a medium heat, then add the chocolate and stir until smooth before adding the vanilla. 
  4. When the ganache is ready, pour it as evenly as possible over the cake and spread so it drips down the sides and coats the whole pie. 
  5. Refrigerate until set, preferably overnight for best results but I know that’s easier said than done 🙂 

Notes

Buttermilk can be hard to find unless you have a big supermarket near you, but really what we want here is just some slightly acidic dairy to activate the bicarb, so a substitute will work fine — I used 34 tsp malt vinegar and made up to the 14 cup of milk. 

http://monkeybakes.co.uk/bartlesville-cream-pie/

 

Quick & Easy S’mores Pie

S’mores are better-known in the US than the UK, but I’m on a mission to educate my friends one cookie, brownie or slice of pie at a time.

Biscuit, chocolate and marshmallow — what’s not to like?

This pie came about because I had a couple of jars worth of Fluff in the cupboard that I wanted to use up, so I paired it with a butter chocolate ganache and a buttery biscuit base for a simple but effective treat.

I’ve used a base recipe from the awesome Sally’s Baking Addiction here but if you have a preferred biscuit base recipe any will do — it’s the flavour that’s important.

Quick and Easy S’mores Pie

Quick and Easy S’mores Pie

Ingredients 

  • 2 jars vanilla marshmallow Fluff 
    For base: 
  • 10 Digestive biscuits 
  • 6 tbsp (90g) unsalted butter, melted 
  • 13 cup (65g) brown sugar 
    For Ganache: 
  • 300g dark chocolate chips/chunks
  • 300g unsalted butter 

Instructions

  1. Crush the biscuits and mix with the melted butter and brown sugar. 
  2. Press the biscuit mixture into your pie dish and leave to cool OR bake for 8–10 minutes at 150c (130 fan) 
  3. Melt the butter for the ganache over a medium heat. 
  4. Put the chocolate in a mixing bowl and pour the butter over. 
  5. Leave for a few minutes, then stir until smooth. 
  6. Pour the ganache into the crust, smooth the top and leave to cool until set. 
  7. Spread the Fluff over the ganache — this is quite a messy job! A coating of unsalted butter on your spreading implement will help a bit. 
  8. Put the pie under a preheated hot grill until the top is browned. 
http://monkeybakes.co.uk/quick-easy-smores-pie/

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Oreo Pie

The title of this one is pretty much a list of things that are good on their own anyway, but combine them and you’ve really got something.

This recipe is adapted from one on Kevin & Amanda’s blog that was sent to me as a very subtle hint ahead of a friend coming over for dinner.

The good news is that it’s easy to make — just a few ingredients put together in three main stages — crust, caramel and ganache.

The result is decadently rich with a crumbly crust, gooey caramel and smooth ganache, sure to please even the sweetest tooth!

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Oreo Pie

Ingredients 

  • 36 Oreos (about 3 small packs or 1 large) 
  • 1 cup (225g) butter, divided 
  • 23 packed cup (approx 145g) brown sugar 
  • 1–1/4 cup (300ml) double cream, divided 
  • 340g dark chocolate chips 
  • Coarse sea salt, to decorate 
  • Vanilla buttercream, to decorate (optional)

Instructions

  1. Crush the Oreos into crumbs. It’s easiest to use a food processor but you can do it the old-school way too. 
  2. Melt half the butter and combine with the Oreo crumbs. 
  3. Press the Oreo mixture into a 25cm pie dish and put in the freezer for 10 minutes to set. 
  4. Melt the rest of the butter and stir in the sugar. Stir continuously until the mixture starts to bubble. 
  5. Cook for another minute then take off the heat. 
  6. Slowly combine 14 cup (60ml) cream and mix until smooth. 
  7. Cool caramel for 15 minutes, then pour into the pie crust. Put in freezer for 30–45 minutes until the caramel is set. 
  8. Bring the remaining cream to a simmer over a medium heat. 
  9. Pour cream over chocolate in a mixing bowl and leave for 5 minutes, then stir until smooth. 
  10. Pour ganache over caramel and refrigerate or freeze until set (depending on how long you think you can wait!). 
  11. Before serving, sprinkle over some salt — personally I don’t like too much salt in my salted caramel stuff but it’s up to you. I also added a decoration of vanilla buttercream for the colour contrast and because I can’t get enough vanilla 🙂 
http://monkeybakes.co.uk/dark-chocolate-salted-caramel-oreo-pie/