Chocolate Hazelnut Pudding Pie with Candied Cashews

When I asked Bryan last night what he would like me to bake for him today, he simply replied 'Pudding.' I decided to make him a more sophisticated version of the first dessert I ever mastered...Chocolate Pudding Pie. Normally, I would buy instant chocolate Jell-O, chill it in a store-bought graham cracker crust, top it with whipped cream and crumbled Oreos, and refrigerate for about an hour. I decided to spice up this recipe by making the Pudding from scratch, adding Hazelnut extract, and topping with home-made whipped cream and home-made Candied Cashews. It is SO good.

I used this pudding recipe, and used half vanilla, half hazelnut extract. It had an Amaretto-like taste, which is my favorite flavor!

The candied cashews were a great alternative to crumbled Oreos. To candy them, I let them simmer in water until soft, dried them on a paper towel for 1/2 hour, sifted them with powdered sugar, and deep fried them for 2-3 minutes. I then added more sugar, salt, cayenne, and cinnamon.



Margaret said...

I am speechless!!! Looks fantastic! grandma

Sheryl Parsons said...

oooohhhh! Gee, so much for the 24 lbs I've lost. This will set me back a ways, but I'm so glad you did things from scratch. It's fun isn't it?!

kelly said...

So much fun! And so much more delicious than instant pudding!

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