It’s time for caramel y’all. My foodie besties and I are celebrating spring and Cinco De Mayo with a CARAMEL WEEK! I’m not sure why, but the timing was great, because I’ve had some major caramel hankerin’s lately.
It came to me in a dream one night, and thus I adapted this pie from my Nutella Pie.
Not really from a dream – well, maybe a daydream.
You know, it’s like I literally have visions of sugarplum fairies (and unicorns) dancing around in my head all day.
I once told my mom inside my head looks like a box of Trix exploded. #nojoke
How many hash tags have you used lately?
Mama brought me this BOMB DOT COM (that’s right) caramel sauce recently. BY ALL MEANS, if you’re totally an over-achiever, make your own caramel sauce.
But … I’ve had two caramel fails, and feeling a little guilty about wasting so much butter, I decided I’d use this delectable treat.
Fran’s is based out of Seattle, and mom read all about it and ordered us some chocolates and various treats to try. Couldn’t pick a favorite if I had to. Next time I’m visit Country Cleaver, we’re making a pit stop to Fran’s.
Another good choice is the Salted Caramel from Trader Joe’s, but there are no TJ in Austin.
This icebox pie is perfect for caramel since it can get so sickly sweet – this way the fluffed up whipped cream brings a nice air to it.
Add more whip cream, and it’s like a mousse.
Layer it with chocolate cookies, brownies, or cake, and you’ve got trifle.
It’s versatility at it’s best people.
Plus, no turning on the oven.
I made a little extra so I’d have individuals to share with friends, and a whole pie for the husband.
I discovered my husband is happier if I have a whole pie, cookie, cake just for him, and it’s not missing a piece that I used for food photography.
Be sure to check out everyone else’s DELICIOUS CARAMEL CREATIONS for our #themeweek.
- Tuesday–Decadent Philistines Save the World-Salted Caramel Pork Loin with Shaved Brussel Sprout and Apple Salad / Bakeaholic Mama-Chewy Milk Dud Brownies
- Wednesday–Inside NanaBread’s Head-Chocolate Alfajores with Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels / Comfortably Domestic-Alfajores Caramel Sandwich Cookies / The Girly Girl Cooks-Caramel Ice Cream Crunch Bars / Climbing Grier Mountain-Dulce de Leche Milkshakes with Caramel Drizzle
~Peace, Love, and Salty Caramel Y’all
Salted Caramel Pie
adapted from my Nutella Pie
2 cups crushed chocolate wafer cookies
4 tablespoons butter, melted
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
11 oz. caramel sauce
1 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mini pretzels, for garnish
Place chocolate cookie wafers in a sealed bag. Crush with a rolling pin until cookies become fine crumbs. Pour in melted butter, and mix around until thoroughly coated. Press the mixture into a 9 inch pie plate, or individual ramekins, saving a few pinches of crumbs for the garnish.
In a bowl, mix the cream cheese and 3/4 cup powdered sugar using electric beaters, about one minute. Add 11 oz. caramel sauce and beat until fluffy, about three minutes. Don't stop once it's just combined - three minutes adds air, making it nice and fluffy. In a separate bowl, beat whipping cream, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar until stiff peaks have formed - this takes about 3-4 minutes. Starting with 1/3 of the whipped cream mixture, fold the whipped cream into the caramel mixture. Once it's combined, add the remaining whipped cream to the caramel mixture, folding gently until thoroughly mixed. Pour the mixture into a 9 inch cookie crust. Top with mini pretzels and crushed cookie crumbs, or simply a drizzle of hot fudge. Freeze 4 hours or until firm. When ready to serve, let the pie sit out 20 minutes to soften.