Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Irish Whiskey Pie

St Patricks Day is a big deal in our house and has been for years. One of my family's favorite part of the meal is this pie. It's not one I can figure out how to make dairy free (or haven't really tried) but you can easily make it gluten free by taking gluten free chocolate cookies and making a crust. Over the years I started omitting the food coloring - feel free to omit it yourself. What you get is a lighter green that's not as pretty but it gets eaten just as fast.

Irish Whiskey Pie
1 chocolate graham cracker ready-to-use pie crust
1/4 cup Irish whiskey
1 pkg. unflavored gelatin
1 tbsp. mint jelly
2-3/4 cups whipped topping
2 tbsp. sugar
2 eggs, separated
Green food coloring
2/3 cup light cream
1 dash salt
Combine gelatin, 1 Tablespoon sugar, and salt in saucepan. Beat egg yolks lightly. Add egg yolks, cream and whiskey to gelatin mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly. Stir in mint jelly. Chill until mixture begins to thicken. Beat egg whites to soft peaks. Beat in remaining sugar until mixture holds a stiff peak. Fold meringue and 2 cups whipped topping into custard mixture. Add green food coloring to desired shade. Turn into crust. Garnish with remaining whipped topping and refrigerate until firm. Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours before cutting.

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