Here is Giada De Laurentiis’ Crispy Chocolate Caramel Pie, because we know you are already planning a Thanksgiving dinner.
We know you mean it. Thanksgiving may be several weeks away, but many chose last year to forgo a traditional holiday reunion due to the pandemic, 2021 is finally the year to see loved ones – and plan a special dinner – at last. If you’re just starting out working on your menu, Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis has a dozen or so pie recipes to add to your dessert list.
Thanksgiving De Laurentiis celebration always has an Italian touch
On his lifestyle and cooking blog Giadzy, the family tradition From Laurentiis to Thanksgiving was revealed. “In Giada’s family, they link the culture of Italy to that of California for a unique diffusion that is both classic and contemporary. Look no further for the inspiration behind a delicious Italian Thanksgiving Spread that beautifully blends these nostalgic Thanksgiving dishes with the flavors of Italy!
In 2020, due to the pandemic, De Laurentiis told Today that while the whole clan won’t unite for the holidays, she still cooks a feast for her loved ones, especially their favorite dishes.
“I’m going to be dropping off family treats that I won’t see in person for Thanksgiving,” De Laurentiis explained. “I think it’s a great way to share the joy and feel more connected to my family instead of a big Thanksgiving. I’m making a ciabatta stuffing with chestnuts and pancetta and my mom is a vegetarian so I’m planning on making a butternut squash lasagna as well.
What you’ll need for her crispy chocolate and caramel pie
If you like your desserts sweet, De Laurentiis Silky Pie delivers with rich and creamy dulce de leche featured. To make it, you will need graham crackers, butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, salt, store-bought dulce de leche, toasted nuts, bittersweet chocolate pieces, grated orange zest, salt flakes, heavy cream, vanilla extract and grated dark chocolate. For garnish.
De Laurentiis says in the Food Network video for this recipe, “When I think of Thanksgiving, it’s one of those holiday meals where I feel like the sweet and the salty combine into one. Sweet potato pie with marshmallows and brown sugar. And everyone serves it together. So I thought, I’m going to take my version of a pecan pie, and I’m going to serve it with everything else at the table at Thanksgiving. So I made a chocolate graham cracker crust. And I made walnuts instead of pecans. And I made a dulce de leche garnish. So it still has that gooey that a pecan pie has. But it’s almost more caramelized.
This pie (ingredient quantities and video can be found here) is fairly easy to make and features “chocolate in every layer”. To start, graham crackers, cocoa powder, salt and butter are mixed in a food processor. “The butter is what holds the crust together and gives it a sort of decadence,” says De Laurentiis. Mix it “until you have a nice clump”. Once done, the crumbs are squeezed into a 9-inch pie plate and placed in a 350-degree oven for almost 10 minutes.
Store-bought dulce de leche (“It’s Thanksgiving and I don’t want to do everything from scratch”) is combined with toasted nuts and chopped dark chocolate, then garnished with orange zest. De Laurentiis says to “make sure the crust is cooled before adding the filling”. Spread the filling out so that it is smooth, then “put it in the refrigerator and let it cool well”.
The best part about this recipe is that it can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator. Garnish with whipped cream, this grated chocolate, and enjoy!
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