My June pie was AWESOME!! It is called Gianduia Pie and it comes from a book I got from the library called Icebox Pies, by Lauren Chattman.
In the words of the author, "This pie tastes like Baci, the yummy Italian version of a chocolate kiss." I would agree, although at the event I took this to, no one had ever heard of Baci or Gianduia, but they had all heard of Nutella, so no problems there! Besides, it tastes amazing, meaning there is really no need for explanation anyway. Plus, it's easy as, well...pie. (Come on, we all know you've been waiting for someone to make that joke for 6 months of pie posts.)
No pictures of my pie, I hate to report, but you can preview it by checking out the cover on the book above. It's the featured pie!
I took this to a baby shower and everyone loved it. I ended up having heart palpatations as I was trying to leave (pregnancy-related junk I have to deal with each time I have a baby), and so my friends had to help me back inside so I could lie down. No one thought to rescue the pie. (How dare they?) and so the leftovers died in the car. Jeff didn't get to taste it, so I still want to make it for him. Nummers.
This pie is easy but still has a little drama to it, which is a great combination. Enjoy!
Gianduia Pie (Makes one 9-inch pie; 6-8 servings)
3/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted and skinned
1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
One 13-ounce jar Nutella
1 prepared chocolate cookie and nut crust
1. Place the skinned hazelnuts in the workbowl of a food processor and chop them very fine.
2. Combine the cream and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and use an electric mixer to whip the cream until stiff peaks form.
3. Place the Nutella in a medium-size mixing bowl and stir in one quarter of the whipped cream. Gently fold the lightened Nutella mixture back into the remaining whipped cream. Fold in the chopped hazelnuts.
Scrape the filling into the prepared pie shell and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Cover the pie with plastic wrap and refrigerate it until the filling is completely set, at least 6 hours and up to 1 day.
(My changes: I could only find chopped hazelnuts at the store so I didn't skin them. The pie still tasted great. I also covered the top with whipped cream and sprinkled hazelnuts over that.)
Chocolate Cookie and Nut Crust
22 Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers (about 1 cup crumbs)
1/2 cup skinned hazelnuts
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place cookies and nuts in the workbowl of a food processor and process them until they are finely ground. Combine the crumb-and-nut mixture, butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla in a medium-size mixing bowl and stir until the crumb-and-nut mixture is moistened.
3. Press the mixture evenly across the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate and all the way up the sides of the pan, packing it tightly with your fingertips so it is even and compacted.
4. Bake the crust until it is crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Let it cool completely before filling it. (The crust may be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen for up to 1 month.)