Winston Churchill

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

White Chocolate Berry Pie - Way Yumm!

So, last Friday, Brad had a staff meeting and he was assigned to bring dessert. He wanted to bring something delicious and unique to impress his coworkers so of course I went online to find a recipe. I came across a recipe called White Berry Pie and after reading through it, decided it sounded really good. The original recipe didn't make that much filling so I decided to modify it a little and below is the recipe I came up with. Brad's coworkers absolutely loved it. I had to make another one over the weekend so that I could have some too. It's quick and easy to make and tastes even better than it looks - and it looked so delicious! I know this one will become one of our family favorites in the years to come. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


12 ounce bag of white chocolate chips, divided (reserve ½ cup for topping)
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese,
1 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
1 quart fresh strawberries, hulled
1 (9 inch) graham cracker crust
1 teaspoon shortening
Place the chocolate chips (less the ½ cup reserved for topping) in a microwave-safe dish. Cook for 1 minute on high in the microwave and stir thoroughly. Continue to heat and stir at 15 second intervals until the chocolate is smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.

In a large bowl, whip the cream until stiff peaks are just about to form. Beat in vanilla and sugar until peaks form. Make sure not to over-beat, cream will then become lumpy and butter-like. (Chill the bowl & beaters in the freezer ahead of time)

In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Quickly stir in the warm, melted chocolate until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream until completely blended. Spread the mixture evenly in the bottom of the graham cracker crust. Place the berries, point side up on top.

In the microwave, melt the remaining ½ cup of white chocolate chips along with 1 teaspoon of shortening, starting at 15 second intervals and stirring after each time until smooth. Drizzle the melted chocolate all over the berries and pie and then sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

Variations: Can use milk chocolate in place of the white or drizzle with milk chocolate. Can also use sliced strawberries to cover the entire top of the pie or mix it up with whatever berries you like.

Hello Again

I've been a little out of sorts since my father passed away and just haven't felt like blogging. I'm beginning to get past that now and don't feel quite so emotional all the time. It's time for me to try to get back to some of my normal routines but bear with me if some of my posts don't make sense. This experience has changed me in ways I'm still discovering and dealing with so we'll just have to see how things go.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Photos from Japan

It's been great to hear from Zack about all of the experiences he's having in Japan. A few weeks ago, Zack emailed us a few pictures from where he's at in Tokyo.
Pretty sunset with Mount Fuji in the distance.
A shrine they visited.
The doors to the shrine. Beautiful detail.
Zack said he was feeling nostalgic and just had to buy a Kit Kat bar and a Dr. Pepper - his favorite snack before he left on his mission. I love the Japanese characters on the wrappers.