I have a cold. My youngest gave it to me by shoving her fingers in my mouth while she was snotting right and left. See, she never wants me quite so much as she does when she’s sick. Maybe she’s just more attached to Mommy when she’s not feeling well. Or maybe she thinks it’s really funny to get Mommy all sneezy and wheezy.
Diseases terrify me, mainly because my house is like a germ incubator. With three kids running around, we get no break between October and May in the sickness department. For the past few years, I’ve averaged 5 stomach viruses per school year. Colds are nothing in comparison.
So I’m still going at full speed, and I’m still baking. I’m just washing my hands a lot. But if I’m due to lose my taste buds in a day or two, I want to party while the going’s good. That kind of attitude calls for this pie. This amazing, caramel and ganache-filled Turtle Pie.
My mom likes Turtles. When I was a kid, my dad gave her a box every Valentine’s Day. I always got to have one of them, and it was always kind of special that she was sharing her annual treat with me. I sure don’t share my Godiva truffles with my rugrats.
Anyway, I wanted to make a pie that felt like a Turtle with that amazing caramel center, but better. So I made an Oreo crust, put in a layer of thick caramel, added a lovely layer of ganache, and sprinkled the whole thing with salt. You know, because salted caramel is my friend!
The top has pecans on it and those caramel-filled Nestle chips. And one actual Turtle. They’ve made mini ones. And they’re so cute!
This pie is the business, kids. Don’t eat it on a day that a dessert might be too rich for you. You need to eat it when there’s a horrible cold looming and you’re surrounded by mugs of tea and germy little hands and you just need a break. Or maybe that’s just my life. Insert your own needs here and get you some pie!
1 package Oreos, finely crushed (I used reduced-fat)
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 package caramels, unwrapped (I used Kraft)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup pecan halves
Nestle caramel-filled chocolate chips, to taste
Mini Turtle candies, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a pie pan with cooking spray.
- Combine the crushed Oreos with melted butter until the crumbs are fully moistened. Press the crumbs into the pie plate. Bake for 15 minutes to set.
- While the crust is baking, make the caramel. Melt the heavy cream and the caramel on the stovetop until the the ingredients are combined and smooth.
- Pour the caramel into the crust. It doesn't have to fill the entire pie shell. It will spread on its own.
- Quickly rinse out the pot to make the ganache.
- Melt the chocolate chips and heavy cream, stirring until melted. When the mixture is smooth, remove from the heat and let it cool for 10 minutes.
- Pour the ganache into the crust. Refrigerate for one hour.
- Remove the pie from the refrigerator and decorate as desired with the garnish ingredients. Return the pie to the refrigerator and chill for anywhere from 3 hours to overnight.
- Slice into wedges and serve.